Gerald Graff's Hidden Intellectualism Essay

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Co-author of “They Say/I Say” handbook, Gerald Graff, analyzes in his essay “Hidden Intellectualism” that “street smarts” can be used for more efficient learning and can be a valuable tool to train students to “get hooked on reading and writing” (Graff 204). Graff’s purpose is to portray to his audience that knowing more about cars, TV, fashion, and etc. than “academic work” is not the detriment to the learning process that colleges and schools can see it to be (198). This knowledge can be an important teaching assistant and can facilitate the grasping of new concepts and help to prepare students to expand their interests and write with better quality in the future. Graff clarifies his reasoning by indicating, “Give me the student anytime…show more content…
By stating his personal opinion here at the beginning of the essay, Graff boosts his pathos by being straight forward and stating his stance on this issue straight away.
Graff then goes on to establish his ethos in the first few paragraphs while continuing to expand the thoughts and ideas on pathos throughout his essay. He begins to build his community and trust by recognizing his own credentials and sharing his personal background in writing. One of the first things noticed from the footnote about Gerald Graff’s professional career is that he has vast experience in the writing department. He is an English professor at a prestigious university, a past president of the Modern Language Association, and part of the professional association of scholars and teachers of English and other languages (198). But, since his background only assists his argument and does not define it, it is crucial to also look at his word choice, mood, language, and ideology in order to fully claim Graff a credible author.

Graff then goes on to prove that he is not biased in the fourth paragraph when he expounds that challenging reading and writing is also essential to producing a more well-rounded and intellectual student. He proclaims that “students do need to read models of intellectually challenging writing” (199). Graff uses George Orwell as an example of a notable writer that should be read. Graff claims that George Orwell’s writings that incorporate street smarts are more
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