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Unit Three, Day 38 - Friday, November 17

What we'll do today in class:

Connection to course goals: The first activities emphasize the importance of narrowing and clearly defining a context and an audience in order to be able to articulate an effective argument. Beginning work on the introduction shows students that they need to address their choice of purpose and audience in their essay. Documentation is also an expectation of the context, and we'll discuss why an academic audience requires citations.


  1. Hand-back position analyses
  2. (5 min)

  3. Have them read over their position analyses and consider your feedback
  4. (5 min)

  5. Have them write a final description of their context and audience which takes into account everything we've done till now and the feedback on their position analysis (This will be the information that makes up the COVER PAGE of their essay). After today, that context and audience should be set in stone.
  6. (5-10 min)

  7. Write/start an introduction that effectively addresses your context and sets-up your purpose and focus.
  8. (10 min)


  9. Discuss documentation. It helps to discuss the reasons for documenting sources before showing them how to do it. This will show them this is more than just busy-work.
  10. (5-10 min)

  11. Practice MLA documentation. Design an activity that requires students to find and practice both in-text citing and creating a works cited page. Make sure to focus mainly on the type of sources you expect they'll have the most (periodicals, journals, internet, books). Also, be sure to emphasize attention to detail. The whole premise behind documentation is so everyone in a field follows the same guidelines.
  12. (10-15 min)

  13. Emphasize that they should keep track of the information they'll need for citing sources as they find them. This will help when they have to do the eventual citations and works cited page.



PHG, "Appeals for Written Argument", pp. 438-442