Jackie Robinson Ethos In Middle School

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Since our first attempt at writing an essay in elementary to middle school, we are told the main components to writing an essay is the ‘beginning’, ‘middle’, and ‘end.’ All of which holds true today, but as we move from one grade to the next, the standards for a ‘good’ essay changes for the better. Rhetorical strategies, devices, and appeals also known as rhetoric, is what we learn in high school (Stotsky 10). The continuation of the expanding knowledge is what makes us alter our writing strategies, from the material taught to us in our adolescent years of elementary school and every year thereafter. It is in high school that we are taught to analyze and dissect the author, as well as the author’s work ceaselessly. An example of this would …show more content…
Ethos is described as a person’s credibility and experience. The fact that Jackie Robinson is the first African American to play in major league baseball during an era (Robinson), where discrimination was at its highest peak is credibility, because of the obstacles he had to overcome in achieving his dream and belief. For instance, “From the beginning of his career with the Dodgers, Robinson's will was tested. Even some of his new teammates objected to having an African-American on their team. People in the crowds sometimes jeered at Robinson, and he and his family received threats”(Biography.com Editors). Despite the mistreatment he faced, he persevered and found a reason to fight, which is stated in the second to his last paragraph, “My fight was against the barriers that kept Negroes out of baseball” (Robinson). Not only does this sentence describe his ethos, but it also helps the reader understand exactly what his fight was about. Robinson does a good job of making sure his reader is not left with questions. For example, in his essay he states, “Whatever obstacles I found made me fight all the harder” (Robinson). In this paragraph he doesn’t directly state what his fight is, because he states that answer later on in the essay. Although he uses his ethos of being the first African American to play major league baseball, which is an historic event, he doesn’t assume that his audience knows …show more content…
I recommend Robinson’s essay because the strategies described above are a great example, when questioning how to properly utilize a technique. Robinson is able to apply rhetoric, literary devices, and create a good foundation in his essay, “Free Minds and Hearts at Work.” Besides the techniques he displays in his essay, he is able to able to create a connection with the reader on a deeper level, in a sense, he inspires his reader and is able to reference himself as evidence, all while focusing the essay on a chance to create change. This essay is recommendable due to the motivation it provides, along with the opportunity to learn and scrutinize a hall of fame’s, work of

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