Identify/Generate the principle
Time: 15 minutes
A nice follow-up to Claim Rank I (surprise!). Put the claims up
on the board (or distribute them in a handout). Ask students to
rank them from least to most suited to an academic essay (that
is, according to how well they fulfill the qualities of a good
Share results as a class. (Generally, 3 ranks the lowest, because
it just states a fact, 1 comes next, since it isn't terribly specific,
2 is next, since it has a strong point of view but is probably
too huge for any undergrad paper; 4 is the strongest; it's surprising,
debatable, and supportable.)
Variation: Write claims related to your theme.
1. The University of Virginia should create dormitories in which
men and women are roommates.
2. The University's failure to create truly co-ed dormitories is
less important than the larger problem of which it is a symptom:
nationwide patriarchy and sexist oppression.
3. Beginning in the fall of 2003, men and women will be allowed
to become roommates in the first- year dormitories.
4. The University's creation of co-ed dorm rooms will encourage
more interesting, progressive students to apply to UVA.