NYTimes shares students’ college application essays


As you are working on your personal statements for next fall, consider the following college application essays, published by the New York Times.  Themes include students overcoming economic hardships, exploring notions of class, working and affluence. The key about these essays is that they all reveal young people emerging stronger because of their experiences.

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The War in Syria

syria war

Click here for some background on the conflict in Syria. More information here, courtesy of PBS.

Consider the following two recent New York Times articles on the war in Syria and the United States’ possible intervention:

“Hearing You Out” (Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times)

“What War Means” (Frank Bruni, The New York Times)

Complete a “Rhetorical Analysis.” Questions to consider:

  1. What is the main argument?
  2. Who is the audience?
  3. What appeals does the argument use (Logos, Ethos, Pathos)?
  4. Ethos: Who is making the argument? What authorities does it rely upon?
  5. Logos: What facts, reasoning, evidence are used?
  6. Whose interests does it serve? Who gains/loses by it?
  7. How is the argument organized?
  8. How does the language/style work to persuade the audience?

From Everything’s An Argument (Lumsford, Ruszkiewicz, Walters, 92-93).

Discussion Question: Do you believe the United States government should intervene (get involved) in the war in Syria?