In Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, his thesis was the Negroes should rise above their persecution and that all men, women, and children should be free.  This is a value claim.  King’s values tell him that all people, no matter what race, should be treated as equals.

The introduction of King’s speech was easy to find, consisting of the first few paragraphs.  He clearly states in his introduction his whole purpose of the speech.  First he gives America credit by talking about the Emancipation Proclamation.  Then King states the problem of discrimination and “reminds America of the fierce urgency of now”.  He uses picturesque language to paint a vivid picture of discrimination still found in society.  In the body of King’s speech, he gradually works his way into his thesis that comes in the concluding paragraphs of the speech.  The first part of the body he demands that America keep their promise of freedom and reminds the Negroes to keep the faith, not giving up to the white supremacy.  Next King speaks to the whites saying the Negroes will never be satisfied until they are totally free.  Then King shows the nation of his dream, which helps the Negroes keep the faith.  Later in the body, King points out that they must keep hope, going back to earlier statements in his speech for freedom.  Finally King draws to a conclusion, but not after setting the hearts of everyone in the crowd on fire, urging them to save the nation by ending the racism that the Negroes have been facing.

The conclusion also tells us of King’s thesis, to become a truly great nation, it must let freedom ring by giving every man, black or white, the freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Ethos: In his speech, King frequently looks back at moments in American history and refers to the leaders who laid the foundation of free America. This adds ethical appeal to his speech.

Pathos: The emotional appeal or pathos in his speech grows stronger when King spells out that the freedom and rights the African Americans have been being denied is a debt on the nation and this debt has kept growing larger

Logos: As King explains in the later parts of his speech that Black community can gain control using nonviolent and peaceful methods and not through recklessness or violence.

11/22 Eric, Mandy,Cindy




A speech about ending racism and segregation, and coming together as one society, in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed over 250,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial. King’s speech would later become one of the most famous persuasive orations ever given. Known for his charismatic and passionate style of communication, King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is frequently epitomized as the ideal example of expressing one’s values and convictions. King’s use of vivid language and imagery immediately captured the audience’s attention making this historical speech a memorable one.


Take the last video essay for example, I think we still have a lot to improve. For example, we have less eye contact with our classmates, and our body language is not much. But I think our project is well done, and we speak fluently in our speech.


Liberal arts education is typically broad-based and exposes students to science, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities. This broad knowledge of the wider world will prepare you to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. A liberal arts education will also help you develop a strong sense of social responsibility as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills, such as communication, analytical, and problem-solving abilities, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

I think  the benefit is it’s an opportunity to pursue a variety of career options.

The range of topics, approaches, and areas covered by your liberal arts curriculum makes you fundamentally flexible, interdisciplinary, and able to adapt to changing circumstances. As you grow and evolve, you may find that what you want to pursue career-wise shifts. You might get into a profession only to find it isn’t the right fit for you. A liberal arts degree allows you to keep your career options open, as you will be trained in a variety of transferable skills, rather than just one specific skill set. Use this adaptability to help potential employers see your broad skillset as an asset rather than a liability.


I am interested in a proposal to resolve a racial or identity conflict in your institution/city.

There was a riot in Hong Kong a while ago.On November 11, Hong Kong rioters called for strikes. The Hong Kong government has released information on the debris, arson and train damage along the railway. To this day, the incident is more and more serious, and most of the ordinary people can not rework or go to school. Hong Kong was forced into a state of semi paralysis.

The mainland people have a clearer understanding of “one country, two systems”, especially their firm attitude towards “one country”. Hong Kong is the part of China. “One country” is the premise and foundation for the implementation of “two systems”. Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy is not inherent, but comes from the central authority. A high degree of autonomy is not complete autonomy.


And I’ve found some sources about riots in Hong Kong by using USF library.

Students armed with javelins and bows and arrows fought police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong yesterday as an official warned that the territory was “on the brink of total breakdown”.

The violent scenes, mirrored at other campuses in the city, reflected a continuing escalation in the protests after a police officer shot a protester at close range on Monday and a man was doused with petrol and set on fire by demonstrators.

Students, angered by police encroachment on their campuses on Monday, set up barricades shortly after dawn yesterday. Police fired their first rounds of tear gas before 8am at the City University of Hong Kong.

Separately, protesters near the University of Hong Kong campus threw chairs and traffic cones from a footbridge on to moving traffic below, injuring a motorbike rider. A police spokesman condemned the action as “murderous”.

Students at the Polytechnic University were seen throwing rubbish bins from a footbridge. At City University they chopped down trees to build barricades and at the Chinese University protesters broke into a sports equipment warehouse and took bows and arrows and javelins. They set up a defence line of umbrellas and stadium seats, emerging from behind it to throw petrol bombs at police. The officers responded with volleys of tear gas.



After I read Mandy’s response, I found some similar points with her. First all of, I would like to talk about the topic again, the author is a mixed-race story that is crowded out by two communities at the same time. She always confused her mixed race and may often not know which community she belongs to.

From this article, I have the same idea with Mandy that she’s a Filipino American and she does not feel enough about Filipino. This article wants to emphasize those who have different backgrounds to accept their culture, rather than that they must choose a culture and ethnics to believe. Children have their own ideas, especially in a diverse country like the United States.

Although I don’t have the similar experience with the author, I went U.S. to study almost three years ago, I think at the beginning, it’s hard for a teen to integrate into local environment. Mandy and I are all Chinese and I think we have the same experience. We also tried to integrate into the environment, but it does not mean that we have to give up my own culture.


It was January 17, 2005 , and three cadets are training to become police detectives. The sergeant
decides to test their were skill at recognizing a suspect. He shows the first cadet a picture for five
seconds and then hides it. Then he says, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize
“That’s easy, answered the cadet. “We would find him fast because he only has one eye.
The sergeant thinks a minute and then answered, “Well that’s because the picture I showed you
is a profile. It shows only a side view.” He can’t believe the cadet had given him such a
ridiculous answer, but he goes on to the second cadet. Flashing the picture for five seconds to
him. Again, he asks, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize him?”
The second cadet smiled and says, “It would be easy to catch because he has only one ear!”
The police sergeant shakes his head in disbelief. Then angrily responded, “What’s the matter
with you two? Of course, only one eye and one ear are showing, it’s a picture of his profile! Was
that the best answer you can come up with?!”
Extremely frustrated at this point, he shows the picture to the 3rd cadet and in a very testy voice
asked, “This is your suspect. How would you recognize him?” He quickly adds, “Think hard
before giving me a stupid answer.”
The cadet looks at the picture intently for a moment. Then she said, “The suspect wears contact
The sergeant is speechless. He goes to his office checked the suspect‘s file on his computer and
comes back. He is beaming. “It’s true! The suspect does indeed wear contact lenses. Tell us how
you were able to make such an astute observation!
“It was easy,” said the cadet. “He can’t wear glasses because he only has one eye and one ear.”


I would like to share an event about China’s independence.

I think it’s important for China and I would like to focus on four points.

1. Fundamentally change the fate of the Chinese people and start up a new era of Chinese historical development. The founding of the people’s Republic of China marks the rise of the Chinese people. The Chinese people have firmly controlled their destiny

2.Fundamentally change China’s development direction and promote China’s entry into a new socialist society. The establishment of the people’s Republic of China marks China’s entry into a new democratic society, which has laid a political premise and institutional foundation for the transition from New Democracy to socialism and the creation of a socialist road with Chinese characteristics.

3.Fundamentally change the status of the Chinese nation and open a new chapter of national rejuvenation. The founding of the people’s Republic of China has achieved the unprecedented stability and unity of the Chinese nation, fundamentally changed the status of the Chinese nation. It is a historical turning point for the Chinese nation from the decline of modern times to the prosperity, from the turmoil of war to the long-term stability, and a great milestone in the 5000 year history of the Chinese nation. Since then, the development and progress of the Chinese nation has begun A new era.

4.Fundamentally change the world political pattern and profoundly influence the human historical process. The establishment of the people’s Republic of China is of great significance in the history of human social development. It is “a great victory with worldwide significance after the October Revolution” and “the most significant political event after the Second World War. It has a profound and long-standing influence on the international situation and the development of the world people’s struggle”. It has great world significance and affects the development process of world history, It has opened a new stage in the development of human history.


After I read the feedback of my second essay, I realized some points that I could improve in your future writing.

First, I made some mistakes about comma, which means I need to place a comma after some words.

Secondly, I need prove more specific exams from some texts to support the rhetorical appeals, and pay attention to critique the logical weakness in the articles.

Finally, it’s about the effectiveness of the overall argument of this article, which means I need to summarize the full text and the argument in a comprehensive way.