My eight-graders know climatology better than congressmen (Ethos…
My eight-graders know climatology better than congressmen
Professionalism: No it does not demonstrate professionalism because she does not use any sources to prove her argument
Be knowledgeable: Yes the author is knowledgeable about the issue because she is a science teacher.
Be fair to alternative viewpoint: No the author did not mention any opposing viewpoints, therefore, she is not being fair
Build a bridge to the audience: Yes the author does build a bridge to the audience because she is trying to make connections with them.
Narratives: The author explains the way science teachers like her teach their students.
Concrete details: “They have conclusively proven that human activity exceeds all of the factors by a large margin.”
Specific example: “We develop a model of the Earth’s greenhouse effect by filling plastic bottles with different concentrations of carbon dioxide and place the bottles under a heat lamp.”
Connotations are not used.
Facts and statistics: The author says, "Every year, my students develop the same conclusion as 97 percent of climate scientists have."
Field Observation: The author mentions, "As my students take careful measurements of the bottles’ temperatures, they begin to clearly see the relationship between carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere and the rate of temperature rise."
Testimony: The author includes a quote of Carl Sagan.
Personal experience: The author says that she teaches the students wit evidence and not with what they should believe.
Claim and supporting reasons
Claim: Students know more about climatology than Congressmen from Austin who deny climate change.
Congressmen are ignoring signs of climate change.
Scientific data is being accused of false claims
The author could have used sources from articles to make her argument more credible and she could have stated the opposing view point to improve her ethos.