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Week 2 Notes - WR 121

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Week 2 Notes
College Composition 1
Alyssa Ogi
Class Notes
UO, WR 121, week 2, writing, Ogi
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Alex Tucker on Saturday January 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to WR 121 at University of Oregon taught by Alyssa Ogi in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 20 views. For similar materials see College Composition 1 in Foreign Language at University of Oregon.


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Date Created: 01/16/16
What interests you? (Day 3) 1/11/16 A question at issue is one that produces diverse responses within a discourse community. In other words, it is “up for debate”. A group might agree on several other parts of a topic, but they will have strongly differing opinions & reasoning in response to a question at issue. - Types of Questions - Questions of Fact - Reader needs to know “does ___ exist?” or “is ____ correct?” - What percent of Americans have passports? - Questions of Definition - Reader needs to know “what is the definition of ____?” - Is flag burning illegal? - Questions of Interpretation - Reader needs to know “what does ____ signify or represent?” (the significance of something needs explaining) - Is Beyoncé a diva? - Questions of Value - Reader needs to know “is ____ good?” - Are Disney movies sexist? - Questions of Consequence - Reader needs to know “will ____ cause ____ to happen?” - What is the effect of too much tv on children?” - Questions of Policy - Reader needs to know “what should be done about ____?” - Should schools require students to say the Pledge of Allegiance? What the Heck is an Enthymeme? (Day 4) 1/13/16 - Who in your pair had the more compelling question? What qualities made it more thought-provoking? Could your questions be sustained over an entire essay? - An “enthymeme” aka reasoned thesis (enthymeme = claim + reason) - Thesis = claim or assertion - Reason = why claim is logically valid - Example: College athletes should be paid because they bring in tens of millions of dollars to NCAA. - Claim = college athletes should be paid - unstated assumption = anyone who brings in tens of millions of dollars for someone else should be paid - Essay Structures Normal Essay (5 Enthymeme Paragraphs) Intro Intro Thesis Body Body Paragraphs - Body structure that’s more generative / 1 creative 2 Conclusion 3 Conclusion - Write your own: - (claim) because [shared term] (best reason) - (Having required Writing classes is good) because it allows [UO students] to get a (breadth of knowledge and good skills). - “Burden of Proof” = what it will take to convincingly argue the claim of your enthymeme 1. Define 2. Prove 3. Addres s - Generating Ideas for the Essay - What is the context / debate? What’s at stake? What’s the consequences? - Do any terms need to be defined or clarified for the audience? - What are the minor assumptions & concepts that need discussion to build the argument? What the Heck is an Enthymeme? (Day 4) 1/13/16 - How do the readings contribute to or compete with your argument? - What major counter-arguments do you need to consider? How can you respond to the counter-argument(s)? - Building Blocks of a strong argument: - Addressing definitions, basic assumptions, & context - Evidence, such as quotes from readings - Appeals to audience (logos, pathos, & ethos) - Acknowledging counter-arguments


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