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ENGL475 28 April 2014. Agenda & Announcements. Schedule change: Please see the blog for the adjusted course schedule. CF 10: tonight Essay 5 D1 workshop Position essays. Conferences. Purpose: to review your draft of Essay 5 one-on-one with Prof. Durfield.

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Engl475 28 april 2014

ENGL47528 April 2014


Agenda announcements

Agenda & Announcements

  • Schedule change: Please see the blog for the adjusted course schedule.

  • CF 10: tonight

  • Essay 5 D1workshop

  • Position essays


Conferences

Conferences

  • Purpose: to review your draft of Essay 5 one-on-one with Prof. Durfield.

  • Conferences will be held on Wednesday, April 30 (Group A), Monday, May 5 (Group B), and Wednesday, May 7 (Group C).

  • Only come to conference at your scheduled date/time.

  • The conference itself is worth 100 points.

  • If you are late/absent for your conference appointment, you will forfeit your 100 points.

  • You may not reschedule or trade your conference time (with a classmate) for any reason.


Conferences point breakdown

Conferences: Point breakdown

  • Total: 100 points

  • Timeliness: 10 points

  • Hard copy of essay: 30 points

  • Thoughtful answer to the question, “What do you need help with?”:30

  • Active in discussion with instructor: 30


Conferences elements defined

Conferences elements defined

  • Timeliness = showing up to your conference on time

  • Hard copy of essay = a printed copy of your current draft of essay 5

    • This may or may not include changes after tonight’s workshop.

  • Thoughtful answer = You have considered and specifically articulate what may need work in your essay.

    • Unacceptable: “If you could just review my grammar.”

    • Unacceptable: “I don’t know.”

  • Active in discussion = Prof. Durfield doesn’t do all the talking; don’t sit there like a zombie.


Conference appointment list

Conference appointment list

  • Will be posted to blog later tonight.

  • Please consult the list BEFORE e-mailing Prof. Durfield to ask when your conference is.


Cf 10

CF 10


Position aka argument aka opinion

Position aka Argument aka Opinion


Position argument essays

Position (argument) essays

  • Present the issue

  • Assert a clear, unequivocal (plain, unambiguous) position

  • Argue directly for the position

  • Counterargue objections & opposing positions

  • Establish credibility


Counterargue

Counterargue

The argument:

Chaffey College (Rancho campus) students should be allowed to take food/drinks in the classrooms of the LA building.

To counterargue:

  • State what the opposition says.

  • Make a response (acknowledgment, concession, or refutation) to what the opposition says, including some explanation and/or solution.


Counterargue acknowledge

Counterargue: Acknowledge

Chaffey College (Rancho campus) students should be allowed to take food/drinks in the classrooms of the LA building.

Opponents of my proposal are very concerned that allowing food and drink in the classroom will lead to a rodent infestation. I understand this concern, as pests are not pleasant nor do they promote a hygienic environment. However, adult students can be trusted to properly dispose of their waste after eating.


Counterargue concession

Counterargue: Concession

Chaffey College (Rancho campus) students should be allowed to take food/drinks in the classrooms of the LA building.

Opponents of my proposal are very concerned that allowing food and drink in the classroom will lead to a rodent infestation. This is a valid point, because the building has had pests in the past. In order to prevent this problem from happening, I suggest trash cans with lids be placed in every classroom.


Counterargue refutation

Counterargue: Refutation

Chaffey College (Rancho campus) students should be allowed to take food/drinks in the classrooms of the LA building.

Opponents of my proposal are very concerned that allowing food and drink in the classroom will lead to a rodent infestation. This view is false, however, because the building has been recently remodeled with secure windows and doors that would prevent pests from entering.


Thesis

Thesis

  • Common problem:

    • Student’s thesis doesn’t clearly and/or strongly show their position on the topic.

    • Doesn’t “fit” with the rest of the paper.


Examples of a thesis

Examples of a thesis

  • When overzealous parents and coaches impose adult standards on children’s sports, the result can be activities that are neither satisfying nor beneficial to children.

    • What is the issue being argued?

    • Is it arguable?

    • What might be controversial about it?

    • What words show the author’s view?


Examples of a thesis1

Examples of a thesis

  • North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are the greatest threat to U.S. national security since the Cold War.

    • What is the issue being argued?

    • Is it arguable?

    • What might be controversial about it?

    • What words show the author’s view?


Strengthen your thesis

Strengthen your thesis

  • Use the word “should.”

  • Use another imperative modal, like “ought to” (= should) or “must” (stronger than “should”).

  • Use superlative adjectives (best, worst, most dangerous).


Essay 5 d1 workshop

Essay 5 D1 workshop

  • Trade papers with a partner.

  • Read your partner’s paper and discuss the following:

    • Is their thesis clear? Is it an argument? (What improvements are needed?)

    • Is the support for their argument reasonable and well-explained?

  • Think of at least 2 objections the opposing view would have about your partner’s argument. Discuss these with your partner. Discuss what kind of refutation your partner would make.


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