AP English Language and Composition Mrs. Wendy Turner Visual ArgumentsNotes and 3 Tasks
Visual Arguments Make Claims • When people think of argument, they probably think of shouting and not budging. But you see—and hear—arguments every day, often without realizing it. • Arguments make claims about what you should do, think, wear, eat, and be. The claim might be expressed directly or indirectly, but either way, the argument will have a claim.
Claim • Look at the Calvin and Hobbes comic. What CLAIMis the author, Bill Watterson, making about ADD medicines like Ritalin? Task #1: Write a thesis statement in which you DEFEND, CHALLENGE, or QUALIFY the author’s claim.
Visual Arguments Have Context • What’s wrong with this picture? • In this context (in the desert), this sign doesn’t make sense. The context of the argument is extremely important if you want your audience to understand, and agree, with you.
Context Allusions are an effective way to connect with your audience. Task #2: Write a thesis statement for an essay that ANALYZES the CONTEXT of this satiric poster.
You might think that the audience is anyone who has eyes and can see, but that’s too simple. Think carefully about the target audience. Audience Task #3: Determine the probable audience for this visual argument. Is this an effective argument for the target audience? Why or Why not?