Day 5- Thursday

Day 5 - Thursday

I. Housekeeping

  • sign-in
  • return remaining skeletal arguments

II. Evidence

  • What is evidence?
    It answers the question, "How do you know?"

Let's break that down.


KNOW: Evidence is proof, statements that will be indisputable for now. Evidence is not debatable, in other words; it differs in this aspect from reasons and claims. Evidence is usually founded in observations because things we can sense are the least debatable, most persuasive. The observations can be your own or an expert's.


YOU: Evidence, though not debatable, is open to interpretation. We experience things &endash; sense them &endash; differently, though usually we're all on a similar wavelength. E.g. Calvin Klein ad for perfume Truth says, "The senses don't lie." No, they don'tŠ but do we all think that the perfume smells good? We interpret the same stimulus differently.


Evidence must be warranted. It's difficult to see the relevance of some evidence; in that case, the relevance must be shown &endash; a warrant stated. E.g. "It's going to rain today." Evidence: I see clouds, I heard the weather report, I read the barometer, I looked it up in the Farmer's Almanac. A potentially confusing piece of evidence: "My bones ache." How is aching bones related to rain? An explanation is required.


  • Different types of evidence: brainstorming and silver cup activity
  • Activity: How do you know this is by that artist?

    Using descriptions from the text and observations about the art, students will defend the art's similarity to the creator's verbal articulation of art. Visual artists and literary artists today; musical artists next time.


III. Skeletal arguments: Group work/ sharing

Students are grouped by artist. Share your work with others, paying particular attention to the evidence those disagreeing (those who chose a different myth to compare to the artist's account) offer to support their position.


Homework: No new reading. Please review. Start thinking of interesting claims to make about the nature of creativity in generalŠ always a choose-your-own-adventure paper topic. First paper assigned next Thursday.


Types of Evidence: Day 5 activity


  • William Blake, the English Romantic poet, was anti-authority.
  • That pill alleviates the symptoms of the common cold.
  • I'm an involved citizen.
  • Britney Spears is a popular singer.
  • It's beneficial for a student to be involved in a sorority.
  • Pets improve the quality of life for elderly individuals.
  • People over the age of 65 should have to pass a driving test annually in order to keep their licenses.