The gap between us: Achievement difference between haves and have-nots is vast - Anniston Star | Poverty in America Editorial |

Assignment A

1. Shedding light on the very wide gap between the financial classes in America, and the way it is effecting children.

2. -The author uses Alabama as an example of this dilemma.

- People aren't necessarily divided by race anymore- rather their standing in the economy.

- Education gaps between low-income and high-income housing have increased.

-College-completion rates for low-income families have decreased.

- It is a complex problem that cannot be solved by one factor being improved.

3. Children of low-income families have less opportunities to thrive than those of high-income families.

4. "...the skyrocketing cost of a college education relative to most Alabamians’ annual income is an abomination. All of that keeps people from grasping their part of the American dream."

5. The writer provides many facts and statistics  researched and proven by reputable organizations. ( "In comments to The Times, researchers painted a damning picture of America. Though the achievement gap between white students and black students has improved in recent decades, the gap between high-income and low-income students has ballooned over the same period." , "Researchers at the University of Michigan have determined that the difference between college students from rich families and poor families has grown more significant.") This convinces the reader that the writer's opinions are valid, because of the information supporting them. Another strategy the writer successfully utilizes is using a specific example (Alabama) for the type of situation he/she is describing.

6.I learned that the writer is probably appalled by the United States economic situation. The collumnist is also probably well-informed of economic structures in the government.

7. The reader of this article is not required to possess any prior knowledge of this situation, as the article goes all the way through introducing the problem to providing possible solutions.

8. The writer did convince me thoroughly of their opinion. The conclusion he/she draws from the evidence provided is reasonable, and directly related to the information the sources provide.


Assignment B

2. The rhetorical strategy I found most prevalent in the article was the use of pathos. The evidence the writer provides takes the reader to the conclusion that children of high-income households have an unfair advantage when it comes to success- in both education and career. The article states that "the difference between college students from rich families and poor families has grown more significant,'' meaning that high-income households are more capable of supporting a child through college than that of a low-income household. All of this information greatly increases the likelihood that the reader will agree with the author, because of the sympathy they will feel for the people that this article is discussing. The article also uses logos and ethos within its evidence provided. Logos- because of the facts backing up the writer's claims. Ethos- because that information makes the reader believe that what is going on isn't morally right.