1. Read and annotate: chapter 14, Strategies for Arguing. Blog will be about this reading.
2. Write: Review the Op-Ed Assignment Sheet, then write a Detailed Inquiry. Use these questions to do preliminary research. Turn in next class.
3. Research and Analyze: topics for the Op-Ed. Look at issues you can explore, that you don't have your mind already made up about. Remember: an issue is not just a statement of fact; it must be something that reasonable people may disagree over.
- PART I: Research your topics for articles, editorials, and op-eds about complex issues. Choose one, solid primary piece to respond to in your Op-Ed.
- PART II: Use a new Research Journal to learn more about the topic of your primary piece (what do experts have to say about this, what's the background or context, are there more than two sides?) Keep track of sources and info. in the RJ.
- PART III: Analyze your primary piece:
2. Write a one-paragraph summary of the author’s position, and sum up the reasons and evidence, as you understand them.
3. Who might be important audiences for this piece?
4. Based on your analysis and research, what interests you most about responding to this piece, arguing on this issue?
5. Bring to class: primary piece; RJ and a copy for me; primary piece analysis
4. BLOG: see my specific instructions on the blog page.
For Thurs., March 13
1. Write: complete analysis of your primary piece (add this to your first analysis)
a. How sound is the reasoning? What must be true in order to accept the claim as true? Has the author supported these reasons with good evidence?
b. What are your own thoughts and opinions (not "beliefs"), at this point?
c. What have you found in research that informs these thoughts and opinions?
2. Write: sketch for paper 2: Bring four copies to class. If you do not have a sketch for workshop, you will be asked to leave and it will count as an absence.
a. 500 words
b. Working (temporary) title suggesting your position or the stakes
c . Make it clear that you're responding to a specific, previously published argument
d. Present an explicit claim that is 1) arguable and 2) about Mont., Missoula, or UM
e. Present preliminary reasons for your claim.
f. Present preliminary reasons that make you conclude these reasons, claim
g. Present at least one thoughtful consideration of a possible counter-argument to your claim.
h. Check your sketch for logical fallacies.
i. Cite all sources in text and in a Works Cited page, per MLA style