Follow-Up Exercise for Examining Pathos, Logos, and Ethos

Determine whether or not each sentence below would help the ETHOS, LOGOS, or PATHOS of an essay’s argument and then determine what kind of claim/argument it is using (for kinds of claims, refer to this post).

  • “By 2018, 60 percent of job openings will require college education.”
  • I will explain the benefits of teaching religion in school and how it has helped me in so many ways.
  • We, as college students, should do more about civil rights, because we, as college students, have the most influential voice, after a rich, straight, christian male.
  • Many famous women, such as Patricia Arquette have spoken on National TV about the issue of gender inequality in paid employment.
  • I will include people who have been very successful and give credit to their college education.
  • Police brutality has become more prevalent.
  • College costs thousands of dollars, and if you aren’t going to be paid much for what your job and degree offers, maybe you are better off not going at all.
  • Those advocating for more civil rights protections are the flame and every time we try to appease it to put out the fire (or concerns) all we end up doing is spreading it, making it larger.
  • I plan to list the prices paid to those with a degree compared to without along with the chances of examples of how your chances are raised for getting hired with a degree.
Follow-Up Exercise for Examining Pathos, Logos, and Ethos

Five More ENGL 111 Prompts

Essay 1: Says Who?

Complete the following sentence. “I believe that ______________________________.” In a short essay of 500-750 words, provide the supporting authority for your belief. Imagine your audience as someone who has asked you WHY you hold this particular belief.

Essay 2: Who Will Testify?

You’re up for a job that requires sound moral character. Your potential employer wants to talk to three references, only one of which can be a blood relative, to assess your how well you fit the job’s demands. Write a short essay of 750-1000 words that explains who you would list as references and how they would support your bid for this job.

Essay 3: What Are The Rules?

Choose a current state or national law, and write a report of 1000-1500 words detailing that law’s origin and effects. Your paper should not yet offer an evaluation of the law. Your job is to document the reason the law exists and the way that law has been applied.

Essay 4: What Effects Do The Rules Have?

Choose a current state or national law that you disagree with, either in part or whole. In a brief essay of 750-1000 words, make an argument about the harmful effects of the law and how and why you would change it.

Essay 5: What Will Happen?

In a 750-1000 word essay, make a prediction what you’ll be doing ten years from now. Support your argument by appealing to experts, principles/laws you follow, and cause/effect claims. A good essay will offer responses to major objections.

Five More ENGL 111 Prompts

ENGL 111: Essay Sequence Draft

Essay 1: Says who?

Choose a famous quotation ( and make an argument about whether the quotation is true or false. Should we believe the quotation’s author? Why?

Essay 2: Who will testify?

Send a letter to a friend asking them to stop/start a specific behavior. Cite at least three witnesses/representatives to support case. Answer the objections of at least one opposing witness.

Essay 3: What are the rules?

Choose one of the listed scenarios where students have been accused of violating the university’s honor code. Write a short brief that argues how the university code should best be applied to the accused’s case.

Essay 4: What effects do the rules have?

Choose an existing rule in the university student code. Make an argument for the rule’s positive or negative effects.

Essay 5: What will happen?

Make a prediction about something important that will happen at the university in the next six months. Support your argument by appealing to expert testimony, principles/laws, and cause/effect. The best essays will offer responses to major objections.

ENGL 111: Essay Sequence Draft