Send the link below via email or IMCopy
Present to your audienceStart remote presentation
- Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
- People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
- This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
- A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
- Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article
Do you really want to delete this prezi?
Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.
Make your likes visible on Facebook?
You can change this under Settings & Account at any time.
Best in Class by Margaret Talbot
Transcript of Best in Class by Margaret Talbot
Jasmine, Antonio, Tonya, Tryston, Clarissa Purpose The writer's purpose is to create awareness and to inform the reader and the general public about the competition among valedictorians. "Becoming a valedictorian at a top high school is a gruelling trajectory -- involving perhaps a dozen A.P. classes and hours of study each night." (paragraph 29, pg. 121) •“…the contest for valedictorian offers a pleasing image of a purer meritocracy in which learning and performing by the rules leave one hard-working person standing...” (paragraph 31, pg. 121) •“I recently spoke to some students who had been involved in legal actions over the naming of a valedictorian, and they seemed to share a common attitude toward the experience. On the one hand, they shrugged off the importance of the honor- they had gone on to colleges where valedictorians were so plentiful that to have claimed bragging rights would have been seriously uncool.” (paragraph 19, pg. 117) Imagery Talbot uses detailed imagery in the first four paragraphs of the passage to draw the audience into her argument by appealing to the five senses. This allows her to keep the reader's attention by describing the setting of her essay similar to a story. "Kennedy, a wiry fifty-nine-year-old who has a stern buzz cut, was in 1997 the principal of Sarasota High School..." (paragraph 1, pg. 113) "As we drove past sugary-white beaches, high-rise hotels, and prosperous strip malls, he told me that the ensuing controversy 'effectively divided the school and the community.'" (paragraph 4, pg. 113) Diction Talbot's basic diction allows the reader to infer that she isn't targeting a specific audience. This emphasizes how her purpose is more achievable by reaching out to the general public. "...students were buttonholing him..." (paragraph 6, pg. 114) "Kennedy tried to broker a compromise." (paragraph 7, pg. 114) "Valedictorian is an antiquated title, and I think it has more negative connotations and effects than positive ones." (paragraph 10, pg. 115) "If you go to a really good school, you could be ranked a hundred and thirty-fourth in your class and still be a really good student..." (paragraph 13, pg. 115) "Miniscule differences between the ranks of two students can often be perceived as major differences. Is a student ranked No. 1 in a given class really the 'best' student in that class?" (paragraph 13, pg. 115)