1.5 Discussion: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Common Types of Evidence


After reading “Evaluating Appeals to Ethos, Logos, and Pathos,”Links to an external site. Use the criteria described to evaluate one The Strengths and Weaknesses of Common Types of Evidence of the articles provided as potential sources for this module’s essay assignment.  For convenience, they are linked again here:


A College Degree Remains a Good Investment but Debt is an Issue.

A College Degree is not a Smart Investment for Everyone.

Strengthening our Economy Through College For All.

Millennial College Students Have Legitimate Grievances.

Student Loans Promote Poor Decision-Making and Prolong AdolescenceLinks to an external site.

There Are Economic Benefits from Obtaining a College DegreeLinks to an external site.

A Certificate, Then a Degree: Certificate-First Programs Can Help Tackle America’s College-Completion CrisisLinks to an external site.

“Only Connect…” The Goals of a Liberal EducationLinks to an external site.

Step 1: Start by identifying the argument’s primary type of appeal (logos, pathos or ethos).  For all of your rhetorical analysis essays, reach out to us

Step 2:  The reading assignment discusses some strengths and potential weaknesses (or fallacies) for each type of appeal; review the section for the appeal you identified in Step 1.

Step 3:  Reply below with your response. Your response should identify and explain the following:

  1. One strength of the writer’s primary style of appeal, along with a 1-2 sentence explanation.
    1. For example, if your source’s strength is ethos, and the introduction provides a summary of several diverse views on the topic, you might identify the second question in the ethos text box, and note the source, “demonstrate(s) familiarity with different opinions and perspectives”
  2. Then, identify the type of appeal the writer relies on the least and review the text box for “Fallacies that Misuse [that style of appeal]”. Identify a fallacy that could potentially apply to this article, or this general viewpoint, and use 2-3 sentences to explain your choice.
Requirements (Edit):
  • You must create an original post before you can see your classmates’ posts.
  • Respond to at least TWO other student(s)
  • Original post is due Thursday, 08/24, 10 p.m.
  • Reply posts are due Thursday, 08/24, 10 p.m.


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Module Objectives
  1. 1.6 Identify primary types of evidence.
  2. 1.7 Identify primary rhetorical appeals such as pathos, ethos, and logos.
  3. The Strengths and Weaknesses of Common Types of Evidence