In her Book of Common Sense Etiquette (1962), former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote, “True patriotism
springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all
people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant striving toward the principles and ideals
on which this country was founded.”
Carefully consider Roosevelt’s definition of patriotism. Then write a well-developed essay in which you argue
your position on what it means to be a true patriot.
In your response you should do the following:
Respond to the prompt with a thesis that may establish a line of reasoning.
Explain the relationship between the evidence and your thesis.
Select and use evidence to develop and support your line of reasoning.
Demonstrate an understanding of the rhetorical situation.