The school year is nearly coming to an end, 3 more weeks to go. This is the time of the year where in everything’s squeezed, projects are given out, and a student’s mind in particular is a complete mess.
In AEP this week, we worked on a SAT essay. This essay in particular is different from the other kinds of essays we have written so far. The essay does not ask whether you agree or disagree, or to write about to what extent do you agree or disagree, instead, it asks us to explain how an argument is being built in the article provided.
We were provided with an article: Adapted from Dana Gioia, “Why Literature Matters” ©2005 by The New York Times Company. Originally published April 10, 2005, and were handed with the following instruction: Write an essay in which you explain how Dana Gioia builds an argument to persuade his audience that the decline of reading in America will have a negative effect on society. In your essay, analyze how Gioia uses one or more of the features in the directions that precede the passage (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of his argument. Be sure that your analysis focuses on the most relevant features of the passage.
Your essay should not explain whether you agree with Gioia’s claims, but rather explain how Gioia builds an argument to persuade his audience.
As you can see, the set of instructions are slightly different in contrast to the ordinary essays we would usually get. We have worked our way and have finished writing our essay, it is now with our teacher for marking.