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Hal W.
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Writing
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Question:

What are some tips for writing a good persuasive essay?

Hal W.
Answer:

Persuasion can be achieved through several different appeals: credibility, logic, and emotion. The first thing you want to do in any persuasive piece is to convince your readers that you, the writer, have mastered your subject and that your opinions on the subject are valid. In a less formal essay, this could be achieved by telling a personal story that demonstrates your qualities as a credible source. For example, say your essay is about the importance of adopting pets from shelters. You could tell a story about all the happy adoptions you witnessed volunteering for your local humane society. In a formal essay, this credibility will come from the confidence you display as a writer and the sources you choose to support the logical portion of your argument. You will want to back up as much of your argument as you can with facts from reliable sources. Academic journals, scientific studies, and news reports from unbiased sources are all good places to start when looking for support for your logic. Numbers, statistics, and study results can really give your essay the foundation it needs. Finally, you'll want to work on an emotional appeal. While logic is great for making your argument solid, emotion is what gets your readers to listen and take your message to heart. Like your credibility, a personal story can be just the touch your essay needs to bring your readers to tears as you tell them about the rescue puppy you adopted from an abusive home. You could also overlap your emotional and logical appeals by presenting the statistics for how many adopted pets are euthanized every year. All three of these elements overlap and that overlap is your ticket to persuading your audience with a compelling essay.

Basic Math
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Question:

How can I prove my answer is correct?

Hal W.
Answer:

There are several ways you can double check your answers and prove they are correct: 1. Show your work, it will help you later! As easy as it can be to plug everything into a calculator, it's always a good idea to write out your steps, especially when dealing with longer and more complex equations. This process of breaking down a large question into smaller pieces can also help you spot errors along the way. 2. Work backward. This is very simple to do if you wrote down all the steps you took. If you can take your final answer and reverse your process, you should arrive back at the original equation. 3. Compare with a peer. Go step by step with a fellow student and see if your outcomes are the same. Don't just compare answers, compare your process.

Film and Theater
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Question:

How does the sequence of my shots affect the story my film tells?

Hal W.
Answer:

The order in which you arrange your shots during the editing process is almost as important as the content within the shots. How you place them in a sequence can change the mood, message, and/or plot of your film. For example, say you have these three shots: a character expressing anger, the same character expressing happiness, and two characters conversing. If you ordered the clips Anger-Conversation-Happiness, your audience would assume that the conversation calmed the character. If you ordered the clips Happiness-Conversation-Anger, then your viewers would believe that something about the conversation upset the character.

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