We’ve discussed in class Kenneth Burke’s notion of the parlor room as a metaphor


We’ve discussed in class Kenneth Burke’s notion of the parlor room as a metaphor for academic writing. We all enter academic conversations but only after having been informed of the topic. We must know the “they say” before we can add our “I say.” Academic issues like parental spying, sex education, cyberbullying, genetically modified organisms, gay marriage, and violence in video games ask for us to offer solutions, but those answers to complicated problems require complexity. We cannot simply respond to the issue of cyberbullying by noting that it should end. How do we define it? How exactly do we punish offenses? Who determines what constitutes cyberbullying on a case-by-case basis, especially as newer forms of technology present more opportunities for it to occur?ASSIGNMENTIn this essay, you will set up a They Say, I Say context of an academic problem and solution. The solution, however, must be detailed as a process. In other words, you are arguing for a unique complex solution through constructing a process of steps (chronological, spatial, or emphatic).This 5-6-page research argument will fit the Argument/Persuasion mode, meaning you should build your essay around a thesis statement (your solution) with your support coming from outside sources. You will need to use 8-10 sources (between Cited and Consulted), but your process should mostly be your own unique perspective and not simply repeating a solution from another They Say. The emphasis in this essay is on your I Say.REQUIREMENTSYour essay will be supplemented by a half-page Audience Analysis, in which you detail in paragraph form who your target readers are. What are the demographics? What is their stance on the issue? What background knowledge do they have on the topic? Which publication would this appear in? Try to narrow your audience and not stay broad as it will not help you tailor your argument strategies.The arrangement of your essay will likely follow a Problem/Solution set up with a large emphasis on the solution process. Build up to a thesis statement in your attention-grabbing introduction, offer readers background information (if necessary), and utilize argument paragraphs claim, evidence, analysis for any support paragraphs you need to support your thesis. The solution process should remain in paragraph form with outside sources as necessary, and you’ll want to be careful about your writing style when you move into the process.