Today in class we discussed plagiarism and ways to use sources responsible. We then searched for the final source for our synthesis essay and introduced strategies for using regular search engines for research (as opposed to the licensed library databases).
Week 10 Day 2
- Focus: Synthesis
- Now that you have found all of the source’s for your synthesis essay, spend a few minutes to compare and contrast the ideas and start to determine what your own position in the argument is. Make sure to include:
- Your own position on the topic before you started research
- The names and main ideas from each of the four sources you read
- How has your position changed as a result of the research?
Today in class we discussed additional strategies for closed form prose, including thesis development, and peer reviewed the initial drafts of our WTE essays.
Week 10 Day 2
- WTE – Draft 2
- Due Friday 7-22 by class time
- 350+ words, MLA format, printed and brought to class as well as submitted to Turnitin.com
- Should include your introduction, thesis, forecasting, and several body paragraphs
Today in class we discussed final strategies for closed form prose and strong response writing, peer reviewed the second draft of our strong response essay, and conducted the first round of our class debate.
Week 5 Day 1 PowerPoint
- Read A&B p. 503-521
- Select a topic for your synthesis essay (it may be helpful to view several of the sample articles provided)
- Strong Response Final Draft
- Due to turnitin.com tomorrow 7/21 by midnight
Today in class we evaluated our final media project, introduced classical arguments as a genre, and began planning for the upcoming class debate.
Week 11 Day 1 PowerPoint
Video Project Evaluation
- Read A&B 361-365
- Journal Entry 26
- Focus: Classical argument ideas
- Over the course of this semester, you have (hopefully) gained a deeper understanding of a contemporary, contentious, and arguable issue. (or multiple issues) Based on that understanding, what sorts of original arguments might you make on this topic.
- What are the major unresolved problems related to this issue?
What sort of proposal or solution can you come with to solve this problems?
- How can you make those solutions unique or specific to your argument?
- Who might object to your solution or idea? What would the main argument against your idea be?
- If you have used several topics for your major essays, you may wish to consider instead:
- Of the topics you researched, which seemed the most appealing to you and why?
- Why did you originally decide to switch topics?
- For our final essay, will you choose one of these topics or switch to another?
- Pick one of the topics you have worked with and identify your main solution or argument for it, and try to think of what the main argument against it would be