What is the topic of the TED Talk?

Over the next several weeks, you will be developing an analysis of a debatable claim. You will select a TED Talk that presents a persuasive argument on a debatable issue. Be sure to record the title, speaker information, and URL for your selected TED Talk.

In a two- to three-page summary, address the following questions.

· Topic/Angle/Purpose

· What is the topic of the TED Talk?

· What is the angle or argument that the speaker presents?

· What is the purpose of TED Talk? What does the speaker want the audience to do with the information they are presented with?

· Rhetorical Situations

· Who is the target audience for the TED Talk? Why does this matter?

· What is the context of the TED Talk? What historical or current event information does the audience need to understand the argument?

· What rhetorical appeals (reason, emotion, credibility) does the speaker use to help strengthen the argument?

· Evidence

· What types of evidence are used?

· Does the evidence seem credible? Why or why not?

· What additional information do you want to know about the topic?

· Style

· How does the speaker introduce the topic? Is it compelling?

· How does the speaker conclude the talk? What methods does the speaker use to finalize the talk?

Remember to submit your assignment by the end of the week.

Rubric

Analyzing Debatable Claims Rubric

Analyzing Debatable Claims Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Topic/Angle/Purpose Analysis

Topic, angle, and purpose are summarized to help build a foundation for understanding the argument.

20.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Rhetorical Situations Analysis

There is a clear evaluation of the use of rhetorical conventions including rhetorical appeals, audience, and context.

25.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Evidence Analysis

Evidence from the talk is reviewed and assessed for credibility, usage, and rhetorical effectiveness.

25.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Style Analysis

Attention is paid to style conventions utilized. Value judgments are conveyed concerning the effectiveness of the argument.

20.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Mechanics

Standard language conventions are used appropriate to academic and professional communication. Attention is paid to grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation. Citations are in APA format.

10.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

10.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0

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