Day 7 - Thursday
II. First Essay Assignment
Distribute and discuss, both guidelines and
- What sources that we've read would be useful in
making an argument about this topic? What other kinds of
- What might different claims about this topic
- What are some other topics you've thought about
- Papers should have traditional "paper parts":
introduction, conclusion, transitions, etc. Paper writing isn't
brand new to you; use what you know about how papers are put
together. We'll deal with these principles in more detail later,
but you should apply them to the best of your ability now.
- Papers should be organized according to reasons,
to answers to the question "WHY?" Just as in skeletal arguments,
discuss one reason at a time.
- These papers will be revised. You'll go back to
them after you've learned more, and you'll change them.
III. Reasoning Revisited: Avoiding Logical
Putting together an argument is a process of
Understanding logical fallacies helps you
1) not include such errors in your own work and
2) identify such errors in others' work (handy in A/R)
Silver Cup activity
IV. Introduction to Workshopping
- Discuss the paper in terms of what you've been
taught, what we've discussed.
- Be focused. Point to specific parts of the paper
that you find problematic.
- Worry about things we haven't covered as a
- Solve the problems for the writer. Let him/her
work them out for himself/herself based on your
- Be rude or blow sunshine. Neither attitude is
Practice workshopping session with the A/R paragraphs
assigned last class. Discuss and evaluate them according to what
you've learned about A/R. Does it acknowledge effectively? Does it
respond appropriately? Does it effectively invalidate the opposing
Homework: Bring to next
class 1) a statement of your claim and 2) one reason written out in
paragraph form. Bring 6 copies (1 me, 1 you, 4 workshopping