And that’s the point of pathos: it hopes to persuade us by appealing to our emotions.It is possible to make the sentence with the school even more persuasive without appealing even more to our emotions. Well, compare the following: According to the United States Department of Education, closing down the school will displace hundreds of young children who have only just begun to forge friendships; additionally many local residents employed by the school might be forced to move from the area.That’s not to say the SAT essay totally mirrors that kind of writing.
And here’s the kicker: you will not be asked whether you agree or disagree with the author’s point.
Instead, you are going to write an essay that discusses how the writer goes about trying to persuade his or her audience.
Of course, the SAT essay doesn’t boil down only to writing but also to understanding the specific format, and what the graders are expecting of you.
These tips (described in more detail below) will help you become both a better writer and better equipped to do well on the new essay.
Indeed, the ancients—meaning Greek dudes walking around in togas—developed a glossary of terms to describe the way a speaker or writer aims to persuade his or her audience.
This is a fancy way of referring to the speaker/writer, the person trying to argue at point. For the SAT, the writer of the article is the rhetor; the audience is made up of those who originally read the work.
The second, by contrast, tugs at your heartstrings (the poor children!
) Were this written on a petition to save the school, you’d be far more likely to sign it than the first sentence, I’m guessing.
An important first step is to know the directions, which won’t change test day since the SAT will recycle them, word-for-word, as they appear below.
“Consider how the author (the name will change each time) uses It’s good to know how writers go about persuading us.