Week 11: Monday, November 3rd - Friday, November 7th
Week 12: Overview
Weekly Notes and Advice
This week we discuss
avoiding fallacies in argumentation and we put the finishing touches
on introductions and conclusions. Like last week, use arguments
from as many sources as you can for this portfolio as a whole;
but keep each context in mind (academic and public).
Please remember to provide
lesson and course connections each class day and to introduce
and conclude your lessons along with providing transitions between
Connection to Course Goals
Our goal this week is to build on
last week, so the goals and connections to the goals are very
similar. Just as before, we want to show students that there
is no "ideal" way to create an argument, but that it
depends on the writing situation. This process reinforces
the overall course goal of providing students with the tools to
write for both academic and civic purposes.
Goals for this Week
Discuss logical fallacies (the avoidance thereof!).
Engage students in reading and collecting editorials and op-ed
pieces from the NYT as well as graphics, photos, and
other visual forms of story and argumentation.
Required Readings and
Assign the following to students this week:
Read pages 492-494 in the PHG about logical fallacies.
Design an assignment
where students read two or three arguments (from the PHG, from
the Web, and/or from the NYT). Use these samples in
class to discuss how each writer makes different choices about
structure and development based on their purpose, audience,
and context. Most of this can be covered during class, but assign
two or three questions for students to think about or respond
to when reading each essay. This will encourage critical thinking
and promote more discussion. The questions on page 482 in the
PHG can be adapted for just about any essay to meet the goals
of this activity.