Using your selected primary piece, identify a few strategies (of your choosing; from chapter 14) the author seems to be using. Summarize where the author uses the strategy, then briefly discuss how effective you think it is.
Example, using the op-ed sample, "South Campus location supports success of students."
1. Classification. Cech breaks his argument into the following categories: 1) benefits for students; 2) location; 3) MC student body diversity; 4) MC is overcrowded, and growing. This makes the argument easy to follow, from reason to reason. It also groups evidence with corresponding reasons, clearly showing the connections.
2. Comparison. At the end of paragraph one, Cech says, "This synergy is something other community college systems around the country are trying to create with their state university systems." Comparing MC with its peers outside of the state suggests this issue is bigger than MC, Missoula, and Montana. It also suggests that it shouldn't be ruled out, because other schools are doing it. Because Cech doesn't give specific examples and dig into this , though, it remains vague. Without more information, it's hard to judge if his comparison is a good one or not.
3. Definition. Cech defines diversity: "first time college students out of high school, single mothers, veterans, displaced workers, and older nontraditional students who and are looking to make a better life for themselves and their families." This clarifies what he means by "diversity," so readers may decide if they agree or disagree with his definition. Readers are more likely to accept his reason if they accept the definition. Also, his definition is so broad that many readers might identify themselves or someone they care about in his list, which may make them care about the issue, and feel the author has their personal interests at heart.