English Composition II


linked item Week 1 Discussion: Persuasion in Everyday Life


Week 1 Discussion: Persuasion in Everyday Life Discussion Weight: 5%
Learning Objectives: 3, 5
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Review a sample student discussion board post here MAIN POSTFor this discussion, we will consider how persuasion is part of everyday life. Whether it is convincing a friend or loved one to join in an activity, considering a major purchase, or proving to an employer that an idea is worthy of consideration, persuasion happens all the time. Keep in mind that this does not have to be a situation where there was a full-blown argument—it can be something as simple as convincing a friend to go to a specific restaurant for lunch or join a group. It does not have to be a situation where you “won” the other person over either; perhaps your persuasion was unsuccessful.When you have come up with the moment, write  two fully developed paragraphs describing the situation.In the first paragraph, describe the moment of persuasion with enough detail that the reader can envision the situation.In the second paragraph, explain why you felt like that moment of persuasion was either successful or unsuccessful. What strategies or techniques did you use to try to get the person to agree with you?PEER REPLIES (2)Respond to two peers’ main posts with replies of 100-150 words each, answer the following questions:

  • Was the situation described clearly and with enough detail to envision the situation?
  • Reflect on the results. Could the situation been handled differently? If so, how?
  • Identify areas of Ethos-Logos-Pathos and specify which of the three your peer’s argument relied on most heavily.
  • Suggest areas of Ethos-Logos-Pathos that could have been used to make your peer’s argument successful or stronger.
  • Have you ever encountered or witnessed a similar situation? How did you handle it?


  • You must create your own thread first before you will be able to see others’ threads.
  • You are encouraged to submit your initial post (minimum 2 paragraphs, 250+ words) by Wednesday at 11:59 PM Eastern.
  • You must reply to at least two peers’ main threads. In addition to replying to two peers’ threads, to earn full credit, you should also respond to comments within your thread.
  • You must participate on three separate days to earn full credit.