Day 10 - Tuesday
- collect essays, ideally to be returned within one
- next class in library: meet in Alderman
classroom. I will not be present, but a sign-in sheet will passed
around. Assignment for Thursday canceled.
II. Second Essay Assignment
Distribute and discuss both guidelines and
- What is Greenberg claiming? How plausible do you
find his argument?
- Are Greenberg's statements consistent with what
Cezanne himself says about his own work?
- What other kinds of sources might you
- One outside-of-class resource. Pay attention in
the library! Ask questions about how to find things.
- Homework: For our next in-class class, you'll
bring in a segment of this paper, as per syllabus.
III. Issue/Discussion Structuring
We're getting local, moving to the paragraph
A. Issue/Discussion at Essay Level
When you make an argument, you present an issue and
proceed to discuss it. At the essay level
- your claim is the issue: it presents a topic and
makes a point about it
- your reasons (complete with warrants, evidence,
A/R) are the discussion
Your paper proceeds just like your skeletal outline:
the divisions in your paper come from the natural divisions in your
discussion, which are your reasons. This is a prototype: the easiest
way to do things, but not necessarily the only way. A more advanced
format, e.g., might start by presenting evidence, then show how that
evidence proves a reason, then offer a claim at the end. When in
doubt &endash; of your skill or the assignment &endash; choose
prototype. Continue to work with prototype in this class.
B. Issue/Discussion at Paragraph Level
The same issue/discussion procedure is applied at the
more local levels (more minute divisions) of your paper: PARAGRAPHS.
The parts of argument, unlike the way it was in high school, don't
necessarily translate into paragraphs. One reason may be complex
enough to encompass several small issues: the warrant, the
evidence/interpretation, A/R, etc. Each of these might warrant a
Paragraphs also present issues and discuss them.
Types of paragraphs:
- typical paragraph: a local version of the
prototype above; presents issue and point in first sentenceŠ
discussion follows. This is the "topic sentence" paragraph you
learned about in high school. An example in Greenberg
- paragraph with multi-sentence issue, point at end
of issue. An example in Greenberg essay?
- point-last paragraph: issue presented first
sentence, launching point into discussion, discussion, point. An
example in Greenberg essay? Again, prototype paragraph is the
typical paragraph. When in doubt, use it.
III. Papers and Problems
You make arguments to solve a problem. Presenting the
problem that your paper deals with is a special moment of
A. Tangible vs Conceptual Problems
What's the difference? They have different kinds of
consequences and different kinds of solutions.
Exercise: Rank the problems on handout. (3, 4 least
"problematic"; 2, 5 most "problematic")
This class treats conceptual problems.
- What is the problem of Greenberg's piece? (hint:
problem doesn't equal claim)
- Where did you look for it?
- How is it presented? In other words, what does he
Problems statements are modeled on narrative.
- status quo
- destabilizing condition
- resolution: this corresponds with the paper's
One added part: prelude. "Once upon a time"