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Valencia Writer: Readings

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Photo of writer Annie Dillard     Photo of Archbishop Desmond Tutu    Portrait of Thomas Carlyle

“The secret is not to write about what you love best, but about what you, alone, love at all.” - Annie Dillard
“Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world." - Thomas Carlyle


Definition (Click the More link for potential discussion questions)

Potential Discussion Questions for all Readings in the Definition Section:

  • What is the author’s message?
  • Discuss three main points the author makes in their text
  • Does the author effectively support their points? How?
  • How does the author use rhetorical appeals (logos, ethos, and pathos) to persuade the audience? Discuss two-three examples
  • How does the author use literary techniques (e.g., anaphora, metaphors, etc.,) in their text? Discuss two-three examples

Cause / Effect (Click the More link for potential discussion questions)

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