The final month…

Monday, November 9

Start the week with a little feedback and comment love for your colleagues. Comment on at least two other persuasion maps. This should help you get a sense of the logic of the arguments other are making and might inform some modifications of your own logical framework.

Ongoing throughout the week

1. Annotate the Web

I mentioned that we’d revisit This is a good week to do it since we’re headed into the homestretch and thinking about different approaches to argumentative essays. Not all arguments are created equally (or the same way). So, let’s collectively deconstruct a more complex argument.

Read  The Case for the End of Modern Zoos by Benjamin Wallace-Wells and annotate it. Remember to consider the following questions:

  • What is the thesis or main claim that the author is making?
  • Does the author make sub-claims? If so, which ones?
  • What kinds of evidence does the author use? (scholarly? Peer-reviewed? Secondary?)
  • Is the evidence credible? Why or why not?
  • What kinds of rhetorical strategies does the author use?
  • Does the author make a logical argument? If so, why?
  • Did you find any logical fallacies?
  • Overall, did you find the argument persuasive? Why or why not?

Please remember to tag all of your annotations with both wonderpeople and modernzoos.


2. Establish a drafting space

At this point, you have exactly two weeks to “turn in” a beta/draft of your inquiry project. The beta/draft is due two weeks prior to the final due date, so it won’t be in its final or finest form. Also, you will undoubtedly spend some of the final moments working on learning more about your chosen platform and attending to aesthetics and design elements. So, the sooner you get the narrative in order, the better. Finally, by submitting a draft by November 23, I have a week to get you comments and feedback that you can then turnaround in another week.

The best way for me to give you the best feedback on your narrative is for you to draft it in a Google Doc.  What you need to do is  to create a Google Doc and share it with Dr. Becker. Do this sooner than later; you can share it whenever, even before you have much text on there. You are to use that Google Doc to craft the narrative of the argument. You might also include notes about aesthetics and/or design elements, but this is where you are to work out the text/narrative of the argument.

By the end of this week, you should have created a Doc, shared it with Dr. Becker, and started to frame out your argument. There might be 5 words on the Google Doc by the time you share it, or there might be 500. Doesn’t much matter at this point…


3. Find a home/platform for your inquiry project.

Here’s what it says on the Inquiry Project page:

Although your final project should be reachable through your blog, you will probably want to create the final project somewhere else and just post the link. There are no limits about the digital tools you might use to create your project and where your project should reside. However, it must be open to the public. There are any number of potential platforms for the inquiry project, including, but not limited to:

  • A stand-alone page (or set of pages) on the RamPages site you’ve been using for this course.
  • A whole new RamPages site (you can have many!)
  • A new website entirely (e.g. or Weebly or anything really…)
  • A Google Site or wiki
  • (my understanding is all you need is a Twitter ID to be able to write for the Medium platform; this is a particularly intriguing platform).
  • Try one of a number of new digital storytelling platforms, including Hatch orAtavist. Or, maybe there’s one you know about that hasn’t been mentioned here…
  • A video hosting site (what if your argument included a significant video component and you added the narrative component in the description?)

Find the right home for your particular project.

By Friday, November 13, you are to have chosen a platform for your inquiry project. Write a blog post informing me about your platform and making an argument (practice!) for why you think it’s an appropriate platform for your particular project.

4. New sources and persuasion map

Here’s an opportunity for you to re-think the main claim and sub-claims you’ll be making in your argument. In a blog post tagged “persuasionmap2“, you are to:

  • Do an annotated bibliography of 3 new sources (i.e. different than the ones you wrote up in an annotated bibliography last week)
  • Write briefly about what, if any, changes you made to your persuasion map.
  • Post a link to your new persuasion map.