Tutor profile: Brienna F.
Today in class we talked about four important rhetorical appeals: ethos, pathos, logos, and kairos. Apply what you know about those appeals to the assigned essay, "Understanding Patriarchy" by bell hooks. Citing your answers in MLA, find examples of each of those appeals in hooks' essay and tell me which rhetorical appeal it is.
ethos: bell hooks is a well-known feminist scholar and author. She well published and mentioned experiencing the negative affects of patriarchy throughout her life, but in the context of "Understanding Patriarchy" hooks emits ethos because of the clear structure of the essay as well as her ability to clearly define key terms. pathos: hooks relied on pathos when she recounted an anecdote about playing marbles with her little brother and getting beat by her father. No one wants to read about a little girl being hit by her father, and this passage stirred my emotions. logos: in addition to her knowledge on patriarchy, hooks uses outside sources to add credibility to her essay. For example, she uses the research and case study evidence from family therapist, Terrance Real. kairos: anytime is a GREAT time to talk about patriarchy!
Subject: Study Skills
Scene: Your teacher assigned the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. This is one of the longest stories you've read this semester and you only have the weekend to read it. Your teacher gave you a handout to bring home. On it it asks you to annotate the short story and to come to class on Monday with proof of your annotations and one question you would like to pose to the group for discussion. What do you do?
Hopefully, the tutor can count on scaffolding providing by the teacher so that the student has some context about the story, when it was written, why Gilman wrote it, her biography... things of that nature. Spend some time talking to the tuttee about pre-reading strategies such as checking out the length of the work, looking at page breaks or sections, repeated words or phrases, or any other organizing feature. Come up with a unique plan so the student feels autonomous and in control of annotating such as offering them ways to think about using punctuation or highlighters for different kinds of emphasis. Maybe open up another browser window to see what Google has to say about annotating or visit the Purdue OWL website. talk about the environment they seek when they study, the time of day, how hungry they might be. Talk to limit the anxiety of the reading experience. Spend time reviewing what happened in class to set the tuttee up for successful reading over the weekend, and suggest that they come up with as many questions as possible.
After reading the excerpt "Inside the Volcano" by Donovan Webster, respond to the ways Webster relies on vivid description language to enhance his reader's experience. Then find a moment in the text where you see evidence of this. Be sure to cite your work.
Webster uses language and imagery to help his reader "see" the volcano from his and the crews' perspective. For example, on page 14 he writes, "As I peered down into the steaming blue and green pool of molten lava from my rocky perch, it felt like the heat of it all was singeing my eyebrows." This happens elsewhere throughout the article, but I was mostly interested in how he described the volcano because I have never seen one in real life. I also understand how using imagery like this is inviting to your reader; it hooks them into the story.
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