This page will house the assignments for the Argument Phase of the course

11.10.15

Today we did three things.

  1. We discussed the criteria characterizing a strong paper.
  2. We analyzed an article to highlight its structure and its argument.
  3. We examined the work we have been doing over the last week.
  4. We decided on a few deadlines:
    1. Skills, Dispositions, Insights & Obstacles reflection due Nov. 20th.
    2. First complete draft due Nov. 19th. (remember, this is a final draft meaning that the composition is complete).
  • In light of the work you have been doing on your final paper, it is important for us to revisit the original essay arguing that your paper topic interesting and significant. What changes will you make to your original composition?

11.3.15 and 11.5.15

On Tuesday we:

  • solidified our writing support groups. You must regularly visit and comment on your group members’ writing/posts.
  • we began to outline our papers
  • we oriented ourselves to the digital story board tools for articulating the SKILLS, DISPOSITIONS and INSIGHTS we’ve been working on throughout the term. This will be incorporated into your final arguments, which take the place of the final exam.

For Thursday this week, remember that we will be working virtually. You will need to have completed the outline of your paper’s logic. By this, I mean a map, outline or description of the major claims and conclusions your paper is making as well as the major supporting evidence. These outlines/maps/descriptions must also articulate the counter positions. Look below for links with argument mapping examples.

Finally, I want to see lists of your sources, so provide a blog post of the most significant sources you are currently using.

Lastly, please email me with questions. Time is moving right along.

10.29.15 – We will do the following on Thursday, so get ready.

10.27.15 – Library time: How to search our topics

10.22.15 Below are some important DUE DATES. Elaboration of the various assignments and projects will take place in class.

  • Revise argument: Interesting and Significant Due Oct 29th.
    • ask peers for help/guidance/insight/suggestions
  • Skills, Dispositions, Insights & Obstacles – First draft due Tuesday Nov. 3rd
  • Argument Map: Due Nov. 5th
  • Peer Groups
  • Final Paper Due = Dec. 1st
  • Final Argument for Grade Due = Day Final Exam is scheduled
  • Last day of class = Dec. 3rd (12 more classes)

 

10.15.15

Today, we looked at our Connect the Dots Map and explored how our topic furthers the discussion started by those thinkers we have been reading. We then formulated arguments outlining the extent to which our inquiry paper topics are interesting and significant. In doing so, we articulated the criteria that informs what makes something interesting and significant.

We also brainstormed how to approach research. This included outlining the attitudes and dispositions necessary for crafting quality research. You all had a lot of great ideas. Now the challenge is: Do you live it? Our work is a reflection of our thinking: for better or worse.  Here are some resources that we looked at in this regard.

Note the following due dates:

  • Source search Due 10.20.15 posted to your blog under the title/tag “Source Search”
    • Find 4 sources that you believe to be useful and significant in that they point to the complexities embedded in your topic. 2 that represent one side of the issue and 2 that represent the opposite side of the issue. Both should represents the polarized views of the issue you choose. What new questions emerge as a result of your searches?
    • Look at the work that Diamyn started: http://rampages.us/dfranke/2015/10/15/source-search/
  • Heads UP! Next week we will apply the CRAAP Test to evaluate the credibility of our sources. 
  • Due 10.20.15 – 1 page argument: Prove that your topic is interesting and significant. Remember the criteria we explicated in class on 10.13.15. If you don’t remember, didn’t take notes, or were absent then connect with your peers. Words mean things.  

10.13.15

  • Due 10.15.15 – Connect the Dots Map: Course Theme(s) – Readings – You
  • Due 10.19.15 – Domain diagram: What are the most relevant domains you must consider when unpacking your topic? Create a visual diagram and post it to your blog with the title “Domain diagram.” You can draw it out and take a picture or use you a program like Text2Map or any other you like. Your choice. 
  • Source search Due 10.20.15 posted to your blog under the title/tag “Source Search”
      • Find 4 sources that you believe to be useful and significant in that they point to the complexities embedded in your topic. 2 that represent one side of the issue and 2 that represent the opposite side of the issue. Both should represents the polarized views of the issue you choose. What new questions emerge as a result of your searches?
    • Heads UP! Next week we will apply the CRAAP Test to evaluate the credibility of our sources. 
    • Due 10.20.15 – 1 page argument: Prove that your topic is interesting and significant. Remember the criteria we explicated in class on 10.13.15. If you don’t remember, didn’t take notes, or were absent then connect with your peers. Words mean things.