Session 1: Welcome. 9.30: Intro to RWS200 and the lower division writing program TA Introductions; photo session ( program of assimilation and mind control revealed). Overview of RWS200. 10.00: Overview of RWS200: The Rhetoric of Written Argument in Context
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Examining Titles Carefully: Chua
- Chua’s article “A World on the Edge” is part of her book
World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds
Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability.
Consider the Source: “A Variety of Religious Experience” is a
chapter from a book titled The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans
Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball, and What They See When
Haydar, “Veiled Intentions: Don’t Judge a Muslim Girl by Her
Covering,” in Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body
An important part of Ehrenreich’s argument is that the poor are invisible to affluent people. She suggests that the affluent “are less and less likely to share public spaces and services with the poor,” that political parties are unwilling to “acknowledge that low-wage work doesn’t lift people out of poverty” (217) and that media attention focuses more on “occasional success stories” than on the rising numbers of poor and hungry people (218). The fact that the poor are invisible contributes to the lack of attention that the problem of low wages is getting.
Writer telling reader one piece of E.’s argument, one claim.
Showing that this claim really is in the text, and why E. makes it.
Explaining why the “invisibility claim” is significant
Identifying claims – a good rule of thumb is to look for the following cues:
- question/answer pattern
- self-identification(“my point here is that…”)
- emphasis/repetition (“it must be stressed that…”)
- approval(“Olson makes some important and long overdue amendments to work on …”)
- metalanguagethat explicitly uses the language of argument (“My argument consists of three main claims. First, that…”)
They Say/I Say Templates – verbs for talking about arguments
The Graff & B Template
One of our templates
But rhetoric can be much subtler (and quite positive) as well:
"One of the most common, but mind-numbing, of these deterrents is the [L.A.] Rapid Transit District’s new barrelshaped bus bench that offers a minimal surface for uncomfortable sitting, while making sleeping utterly impossible. Such ‘bumproof’ benches are being widely introduced on the periphery of Skid Row. Another invention...is the aggressive deployment of outdoor sprinklers. Several years ago the city opened a ‘Skid Row Park’ along lower Fifth Street, on a corner of Hell. To ensure that the park was not used for sleeping--that is, to guarantee that it was mainly utilized for drug dealing and prostitution--the city installed an elaborate overhead sprinkler system programmed to drench unsuspecting sleepers at random times during the night. The system was immediately copied by some local businessmen in order to drive the homeless away from adjacent public sidewalks.“Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, p. 233.