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Best In Class by Margaret Talbot

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Transcript of Best In Class by Margaret Talbot

Rhetorical Analysis Presentation
Background
Author
Strategies
Talbot Relies Heavily on Interviews
Best In Class by Margaret Talbot
Diction
Best In Class
Essay
The New Yorker (2005)
About :
-Stress/Pressures placed on students of high academic rank
- increasing competition between contenders for the valedictorian title
-Single-valedictorian tradition is becoming endangered
Consists of :
-Series of interviews
Tone
Mild Disapproval

Feminist

Contemplative since she considers both sides of the issue.
Imagery
Margaret Talbot
American Essayist
Non-Fiction Writer
Joined New Yorker staff as writer (2003)
Stories, covering manners and morals, social policy, and popular culture, have appeared in the Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic, the Times Book Review, and The New Republic.
How competitive becoming valedictorian is

Information

Direct Sources : Valedictorians , Their Parents , Principals, Director of Public Information of School, University Professors
First four paragraphs of the passage to draw the audience into her argument


This allows her to keep the reader's attention by describing the setting of her essay
Facts
The amount of schools finding alternatives to the single-valedictorian tradition is increasing
Co- Valedictorian
Pros
Never Put System/Tradition in Place
Pros
Get Rid Of System/Tradition
Pros
Keep System
Pros
Call Everyone Who Gets A 4.0 or Higher A Valedictorian
Pros
Cons
Cons
Cons
Cons
Lawsuits
Students at the top of their class are often separated by a thousandth of a decimal point
Clear who valedictorian is
Can be very hostile
Can lead to disputes
Possibly lead to lawsuits

Cons
Can satisfy everyone
Many people are unsatisfied
Not everyone may deserve it
Not clear who
2 clear candidates
Hostility
One might feel they deserve it more
They wont feel as special
No hostility because no valedictorian
No way to honor best in class
nothing to take away later
No more competition
Parents and students will be upset that there is no form of recognition
Number of A.P classes in schools has increased
First public high school in the US was Boston's English Classical School
LOGOS
Contender
Contradictory
Rivalry/competition-based
Race
break ties
Rivals
Sneaky
Tension
Hostility
Eliminated
Competitive
Best
Ranked No. 1
Outperformed
Cheated
Contest
Meritocracy
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