Blog 11 - Deductive Response

        This one, you need to handle differently.  Each paragraph serves a different purpose, and the Deductive Response serves as your most formal and eloquent option.  You will use the Deductive Response in a formal paper setting, so you will need to write it with a touch of flair.  Also, the content will be a little more heavy and will generally come in response to a prompt.  For this response, use the following prompt: 

        In one section of A Letter to President Polk, Chief Seattle life as he has come to know it.  Carefully read the following passage and think about it in relation to the picture above. Then construct a well-written response that defends, challenges, or qualifies the issues these two arguments present.  Use your own knowledge and specific evidence from your own experience or reading to develop your position.


One thing we know that the white man may one day discover. Our God is the same God. You may think that you own him as you wish to own our land, but you cannot. He is the Body of man, and his compassion is equal for the redman and the white. This earth is precious to him, and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its Creator. The whites, too, shall pass - perhaps sooner than other tribes. Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste. When the buffalo are all slaughtered, the wild horses all tamed, the secret corners of the forest heavy with the scent of many men, and the view of the ripe hills blotted by the talking wires, where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the eagle? Gone. And what is it to say goodbye to the swift and the hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

Therefore, as you write, you should blend the following Rhetorical Patterns:

Topic Sentence: Answer to the prompt (Your Major Premise)

Description (claim about material)

Example (backing for claim)

Inference (conclusion you draw from material)

Comparison-Contrast (Qualifying Statement)

Contemporary Analogy (Your Minor Premise)

Cause and Effect 

Conclusion: Universal Theme


          Before writing, complete Exercise 1 of Device 13 in your Literary Devices Workbook and use it in the first and last sentences - CAPITALIZE IT.   For an example for a Deductive Response Paragraph, click here for Paragraph Writing Samples to make your paragraph more fluid, take a look at AP Language Stems and this Topic Sentence Cheat Sheet.










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