Nonfiction essay assignment


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Nonfiction Essay Assignment
Choose one of the following commencement speeches to analyze and respond to it in the form of an organized essay.
2. Jason Reynolds′ ″2018 Lesley University Commencement Address″.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3o7RJ5q0JU

Your essay will analyze different components within each body paragraph to prove the overall theme of the
chosen speech. You must include two specific examples (quotations) from your chosen speech in each body
paragraph to support your analysis, for a total of six distinct quotations. In addition to the following body
paragraphs, do not forget to include a proper introduction and conclusion to your essay. Your essay is to be in formal English.

Body Paragraph #1:
Chose TWO aspects from the Conventions of Essay Analysis. Conventions to choose from for this paragraph
include: Purpose, Audience, Tone, Response, Characteristics of Language, or Structure. Explain how each
chosen convention is seen within the speech and how it relates to the overall theme within the piece.

Body Paragraph #2:
Chose TWO aspects from the Conventions of Essay Analysis. Conventions to choose from for this paragraph
are literary devices outlined in the language subsection, ″What Rhetorical Devices are used to intensify the
impact of the ideas?″. Explain how the use of these devices supports the overall theme of the speech and
adds to its effectiveness.
Body Paragraph #3:
Ethos is a speaker′s ability to build credibility, establish him/herself as an expert, and/or convince the
audience members that the speaker has their best interests at heart. Choose ONE quote that shows how this
speaker builds ethos and analyze its effectiveness in conveying the overall theme.
Pathos is an appeal to emotions (everything from humour to horror) in order to sway an audience, while logos
is the use of data/evidence to prove one′s case. Choose ONE quote that proves either pathos or logos within
the speech and explain how it adds to the effectiveness of the essay in conveying the overall theme.

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