Communication is used to inform, to persuade and to analyze. In this assignment, you
will persuade the reader of your point of view by supporting a thesis with objective
facts and credible evidence.
In the week 2 forum, you selected your topic for this paper. You will take a stance on
this issue and support your stance with credible evidence in your body paragraphs.
For this assignment, you have traditional and creative options. Choose what will
challenge your writing and what would be appropriate for your topic and field:
Traditional 5 paragraph essay with 1 paragraph introduction, 3 body
paragraphs, and 1 paragraph conclusion.
Op-ed newspaper article.
Letter/proposal to stakeholders.
Letter to the editor.
Election speech (written only).
Application for a position related to the topic.
Defense attorney’s opening statement.
Call to action paper.
In order to persuade the audience to accept the position you are advocating in this
paper, you will use different kinds of appeals:
ethos (which involves the credibility of the speaker, writer, or authority being
logos (which involves facts, statistics, and logic); and
pathos (which involves emotions).
A good persuasive argument uses credible sources, objective evidence, and emotional
“hooks” to make use of logos, ethos, and pathos respectively.
Be sure your thesis statement is very clear. It should be a single complete sentence,
including both a subject and a predicate, that combine to make claim. Example: “The
USA should be more competitive in establishing a presence on Mars.”
Your introduction paragraph should include a “hook” to grab the reader's attention. The
thesis statement is typically seen in the first paragraph. Your body paragraphs will
support the thesis. You should use credible sources and cite them according to the style
of your discipline. Your conclusion should reiterate the strongest points from your paper
and give the audience something to consider, moving forward.
PURPOSE: To persuade
AUDIENCE: The applicable audience for the type of document you've chosen
LENGTH: 500 – 750 words (Times New Roman font)
SOURCES: A minimum of 3 with at least 1 from the library, and at
least 1 from a professional journal or organization
FORMAT: The citation style that is appropriate for your discipline
DUE: SUNDAY 11:55 pm EST of Week 5
SUBMIT: In ASSIGNMENTS submit your essay by uploading your Word file
Use only third person (he/she/they) for a more professional tone. Avoid first person (I,
my, us, we) and second person (you and your) in your essay.
Topic for this paper:
For my position paper. I will be focusing on a persuasive piece on the Strengths and
Weaknesses of the Major Modes of International Transportation.
I will also be Examining the transportation systems’ political, regulatory, and legal
issues. I will touch area such as, The federal government’s regulations and their often-
competing goals and contradictory provisions. Transportation and Logistics
Management focuses on the principles, policies, trends, and current issues within air,
maritime, or ground transportation., encompassing manufacturing, distribution, retailing,
recreation, and national security industries. This paper will also examine several
contemporary issues, including; the importance of sea borne trade to the North
American and United States economies, the value of mega ports to sea borne trade, the
vulnerabilities of ports to disruption and asymmetric attack, critical port security
incidents such as the Halifax Explosion, and defensive measures to protect ports from
disruption or asymmetric attack. These key points will help to facilitate my position of
transportation and logistics management and how important it is to sustain a healthy