Audience Inventory for Sequence III

  • Who are the intended and possible audiences for your argumentative research paper on _________?


  • Self
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Interest groups (e.g. DARE, Model U.N., vegetarians) either that you are a part of or wish to address
  • Classmates
  • Instructor
  • University community (newspapers on campus)
  • Public at large (newspapers, magazines, Internet)
  • How familiar are your audiences with the topic you will research?  How much summary must you include to make your issue clear?
  • What is your audience’s capacity or power to affect your problem?  What exactly can they do? How?
  • How do some of these audiences’ concerns differ from other audiences or from your concerns?
  • What is the nature of your relationship to your audience?  How will this affect your tone, form, and language choices?
  • What emotions do you want your audience to feel (e.g. outrage, sadness, anger, happiness, empathy, shock)?  What strategies will accomplish this effect?


This semester we have thought about ourselves as members of particular cultures, discussed other cultures and their members, and investigated the ways in which these cultures are observed and possibly understood by others.  We will now turn our discussion to more specific issues that arise from this kind of attention.


Craft your own argument about an issue and participate in an existing conversation by choosing a public audience to address in writing.  Choose an audience that needs to be convinced and think carefully about what that audience needs/wants to know, what kinds of support will be persuasive to them, how you can establish your ethos with this group, etc.  Remember that you should address at least a few of the arguments that either contradict or counter your argument in some way.  This paper should cite at least five sources.

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