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While analysis is essential for most formal academic writing tasks, the tone and

While analysis is essential for most formal academic writing tasks the tone and purpose of analysis does not always have to be serious. In this short discussion you will practice using the writing strategies and rhetorical tools from the CEL Ch. 6 (p. 169-182) to create a fake sick email and analyze it sarcastically. This week for discussion you are creating a fake sick email in the style of the New Yorker analysis below(Links to an external site.). You will then use a writing strategy or rhetorical tool from the CEL to analyze your own fake sick email as well as two of your classmates responses. First make sure you have carefully read the sections on Analysis (169-176) and Rhetorical Tools (176-185) from CEL Ch. 6. These are strategies you will use to decide what to write about in the text you analyze for your Analysis Essay in this unit. Next read this humorous take on analysis of a sick email from the New Yorker: An Editors Feedback on Your Out-Sick E-mail(Links to an external site.). For your post this week create your own version of a sick email with a subject line and a short message. After you write the fake sick email  follow the pattern in the New Yorker analysis by providing a 1-2 sentence response that analyzes the sick email you just wrote. Use a specific term (i.e. purpose appeal to logic counterargument context etc.) from the CEL in your analysis and refer to the page number where you find the term in the CEL. When you respond to your group this week use a different analytical term from your classmates to analyze 2 of your classmates sick emails. (For instance if your classmate used appeal to emotions  you could comment on facts (p. 172) or voice and vitality (p. 173) instead. So to restate this week for discussion you are creating a fake sick email in the style of the New Yorker analysis and using a term from the CEL to analyze your own fake sick email as well as two of your classmates responses. Example Sick email: Subject: Sick dude Body: Yo professor! Im sick dude and I cant come to class. Im not sure if its the whole bag of Doritos I ate last night or what but I can barely move right now man! I know you got my back on this one. Thanx! Analysis: The appeal to character (CEL p 172) in your email communicates an intimacy with the authority figure that suggests a close relationship. Using the x to end thanx is especially impressive because it suggest that you are so tight with your professor you dont even need that ks at the end of the word! If you dont hang out with your professor on the weekend though note that your email risks everything on a relationship that may not be there!

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