Read an article, either online or in print, that discusses a current event. Identify the author's claim, audience, purpose, and tone.
In three to five paragraphs, explain your reaction to the article. Consider questions such as the following:
- Do you agree with the author's claim?
- Do you think you are a member of the intended audience?
- Does the tone of the article seem appropriate to the intended audience and purpose?
- If not, what would you change to better accomplish the author's purpose?
After you complete this activity, identify the audience of your own argumentative essay, which you will write later, on the topic of, "Are reality television shows more 'show' or more 'reality'?"
Note: If you completed this activity prior to February 27, 2017, you can find your response here. However, the previous version of this activity did have a mistake in its instructions and writing prompt, so it is strongly encouraged that you complete this updated activity.