Write an essay of your own that, without explicitly mentioning any of the six nonfiction pieces, responds to a central claim of one of the pieces (Choose from Alice Walker’s “Am I Blue,” Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Story of My Body,” Bernard Cooper’s “Burl’s,” “Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls” by Andrew Reiner, “If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?”

Write an essay of your own that, without explicitly mentioning any of the six nonfiction pieces, responds to a central claim of one of the pieces (Choose from Alice Walker’s “Am I Blue,” Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Story of My Body,” Bernard Cooper’s “Burl’s,” “Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls” by Andrew Reiner, “If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?” by Geeta Kothari, or “Common Scents” by Lynda Barry).To effectively respond with an essay of your own, you will need to marshal evidence that supports your point. Your evidence will come from your own personal experience as well as any research you would like to undertake to help prove your thesis.Write your essay in the rhetorical style and format of one of the six nonfiction pieces you’ve read. You may use your rhetorical analysis of the original piece to help you with this aspect of your essay. You do NOT need to choose the same rhetorical strategy of the nonfiction piece you’re responding to– you could choose the claims from one piece and the rhetorical style of another.For example: If you choose to respond to a claim in “Am I Blue?” and write your own essay about your own claim that modifies that in Walker’s piece, you might still choose to write your response in the style and format of a graphic memoir (like “Common Scents”).Part 2:Write an analysis of your own nonfiction piece (i.e. Part 1), using the terminology and questions from pp. 42-49 in Legacies (section on Arguments about Literature) to describe what form of argument you’re using, as well as the how well your essay in Part I responds to the Checklist for Argumentative Writing (p. 47). Be sure to tell your reader how you analyzed the nonfiction piece you’re responding to as well as what conclusions you drew as a result of that analysis (this is work you already did in the first paragraph of your proposal. Don’t forget to reference the rhetorical angle you took in your own essay (did you use pathos, logos, and/or ethos to persuade? How? Your analysis of your own essay as well as the essays you’re responding to should amount to at least 2 typewritten pages, and it should be attached to the end of Part 1.