Analysis of the Appeals in a TED TALK

Here is the TED TALK video link that you will watch and then write the essay as the instructions below. Thank you!


The body of the essay:
–  Does your essay have a catchy, creative, original title, which is centered on the page? (Not Essay 1 // Not “The Name of the TED Talk”)  
–   Is your header on the top, left of the page correct? (four items belong in the left header)
–   Is the header on the top, right of the page correct? (Smith 1)
–   Are you using Times 12 double-spaced font throughout the essay?
–   Does your essay begin with a hook to get the readers attention?
–   After the hook, do you briefly discuss the topic of the TED Talk in your own words? (2-4 sentences)
–   Is your thesis underlined? If not, underline your thesis in Microsoft Word.
–   In your thesis, do you make it clear which of the three appeals is the MOST successful in the TED Talk? (pathos, ethos, or logos)
– In your thesis, do you also mention the other TWO appeals by name? (pathos, ethos, and/or logos)
– In your thesis, do you mention the name of the person giving the TED TALK?
– In your thesis, do you provide the full name of the TED TALK in Quotes? Do you capitalize important words in the title?
–   Does each body paragraph begin with a transitional phrase to help the paragraphs flow from one to another? (ex. In addition to the aforementioned . . . Most importantly, )
– Does each body paragraph analyze one appeal? In other words, only analyze a single appeal (pathos, ethos, or logos) in each body paragraph. Avoid discussing more than one appeal per each body paragraph.
– Have you avoided first, or second, person point of view? (I, me, us, we, you, and your) If not, transition your point of view to third person point of view. For example, rather than: “I think child hunger is an important issue due to ….” Use third person point of view: “Child hunger is an important issue due to…”
– Have you used formal, academic language appropriate for an assignment written in an academic setting? If not, adjust your tone, syntax, and word choices accordingly. For example: rather than: “Many think the same thing about it, releasing people.” Try a more specific and formal approach: “A large proportion of Americans advocate for the immediate release of non-violent offenders.”
– Have you overused ambiguous, meaningless pronouns such as: it, this, that, and thing? If so, replace those ambiguous pronouns with specific nouns. For example: rather than “It is a problem in society; this needs to be addressed.” What is it and this? Try using specific nouns: “Homelessness is a pervasive problem in society; the number of displaced Americans living on the street must be addressed by the City Council of Houston.”
–   Does each body paragraph provide a topic sentence in your own words? (In other words, dont begin a body paragraph with a quote; the first sentence of each paragraph should be your own words.)
– Do you cite the speaker of the TED Talk 1-2 times in each body paragraph as evidence? Incorporate 1-2 short quotes (1 line each) as evidence in each body paragraph. Use the ellipsis . . . to delete unnecessary portions of a quote.  For example: Gates remarks ” . . . quote here.” 
–   When you use the exact words from the speaker of the TED TALK, do you represent those words in Quotes and give the person by LAST name? You must cite the TED TALKs speaker with a signal phrase, or at the end of the sentence in parentheticals.
          For example:
         Jones notes,  twenty percent of all children have been. . . .
            The videos speaker notes,  twenty percent of all children have been. . . . (Jones).
–  Are your body paragraphs focused on analysis of the appeals (pathos, ethos, and logos) in the TED TALK rather than summary of the TED TALK? In other words, you already summarized the TED TALK in your introductory paragraph.  Your body paragraphs should contain analysis of how pathos, ethos, and logos are shown in the TED Talk. Provide specific examples and include 1-2 short quotes in each body paragraph as evidence. 
–   Do you AVOID ending each paragraph with a quote from the speaker of the TED TALK? The final words in a paragraph should be your own words and ideas, not the words and ideas of the speaker.
–   Does your conclusion sum-up your essay in a satisfying way for the reader? Is your thesis mentioned again –  in new and fresh words?
–   Does the last line of your essay make your essay sound complete and finished?
– Have you written at least FIVE, separate paragraphs?
– Have you written at least 900 words?
– As noted on the syllabus, incomplete work will not be graded. Please finish the essay at a minimum of 900 words. 
– Have you closely edited your essay for grammatical and punctuation errors?
– Have you read your essay aloud to catch awkward sentences and cumbersome constructions?

The Work Cited page
–   Is your Works Cited page a separate page at the end of the essay?
–   Does the top of the page state – centered:  Work Cited
–   Does the Work Cited page have your header information on the top, left of the page? If so, DELETE THE LEFT HEADER INFORMATION. A left header is only needed on page 1 of the essay.
–   Does the Work Cited page have a right header (Your last name and page)?  If so good!  Maintain the right header on each page of the essay.
–   Does your TED TALK source have a hanging indent after the first line?
– Is your TED TALKs citation double-spaced?