How to build community when you feel isolated by Chitra Aiyar

This is a paper that is focusing on how to build community when you feel isolated by Chitra Aiyar. The paper also provides additional topic choices to use in writing this assignment paper .

How to build community when you feel isolated by Chitra Aiyar


For this assignment, analyze a persuasive message which was delivered in speech form from the choices below. Analyze the purpose of the speech, the context of the speech, the claims in the speech, the audience for the original delivery of the speech, and the rhetorical appeals used in the speech. Finally, evaluate whether the message is effective in achieving the speaker’s purpose.


Your essay’s introduction should provide a hook, a brief background (this is where it is okay to briefly summarize the speech), the context, the audience, and a thesis statement that makes a claim about the speaker’s effectiveness in his or her speech based on the use of rhetorical appeals.


Your body paragraphs will focus on the rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos). It is a good idea to devote one appeal to one paragraph. You may have multiple paragraphs for each appeal. For example, you may have two paragraphs for ethos, two paragraphs for pathos, and one paragraph for logos. Your body paragraphs should include topic sentences that address an appeal, followed by specific examples in the speech that demonstrate that appeal.

Your essay should utilize at least two, but no more than seven, short direct quotes from the speech (no more than two lines per direct quote). Each quote should be integrated with a signal phrase and also in-text citation. Your score should be between 3%-15%; a score lower than 3% means you did not use enough direct quotes, and a score over 15% means you need to add more of your own analysis instead of relying on the direct quotes.


Your conclusion should briefly summarize the appeals and establish the big picture or future implications for the speech’s topic.

Please note that your essay should be an analysis, as noted above. Your essay will not earn a passing grade if you merely summarize the entire speech or write an extended argument (an essay agreeing or disagreeing with the topic).

Topic Choices

For essays 2 and 3, we will focus on a common theme: problems college students face. You are to choose from one of the TED talks  linked below. It would be a good idea to watch several speeches and choose the one that is most interesting to you.

How to build community when you feel isolated by Chitra Aiyar

Secondly, how college loans exploit students for profit by Sajay Samuel

Thirdly, what we’re learning from online education by Daphne Koller

Fourthly, an ultra-low-cost college degree by Shai Reshef

The Reporting System that Sexual Assault Survivors Want by Jessica Ladd

4 pillars of college success in science by Freeman Hrabowski

How we’re priming some kids for college — and also others for prison by Alice Goffman

The boost students need to overcome obstacles by Anindya Kundu

Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? by Noriko Arai

Lastly, this virtual lab will revolutionize science class by Michael Bodekaer