For today’s class we will conquer the following:
- Have a clearly stated/worded arguable thesis (claim)
- Have a clear idea of what is expected in your Academic Argument Essay
- Working with Quotes!
- What type is it (this matters)?
- Definition, Causal, Evaluative, Rebuttal, and Proposal
- Is it arguable?
Parts of the Academic Argument Essay
- Introduction (Introduce the topic according to the conventions of the genre–examples from the online journal and pp 134-5 of your textbook.)
- Does the beginning of the essay introduce the topic according to the conventions of the genre?
- Background/explanation of the issue (A part of introducing your topic by providing any necessary information that your reader might need to understand your argument.)
- Statement of the claim
- Does the beginning of the essay introduce or foreshadow the paper’s argumentative claim? (“I argue that…”)
- Presentation of the reasons to support the claim (i.e the Body of the paper)
- Within the paragraphs, are the sources used appropriately as evidence to support the main claim? Do the paragraphs work together to make the overall argument?
- Summary of and refutation of opposing viewpoints (p.
- Is there an appropriate use of secondary sources to develop a sense of the conversation surrounding the topic?
- Conclusion (significance and implications of the argument (p 136 of your textbook))
- Does the writer discuss the significance and implications of the argument, according to the conventions of this genre?
Here are some sample papers:
Sample undergraduate journal articles, such as:
○ “The Reconceptualization of Valentine’s Day in the United States: Valentine’s Day as a Phenomenon of Popular Culture” by Natalie Van Dyk
○ “Hashtag Politics: The Polyphonic Revolution of #Twitter” by Bud Davis
○ “Smartphones in the workplace: Changing organizational behavior, transforming the future” Thiraput Pitichat
The Quote Sammich
- Introduce the quote (Capturing Authorial Action)
- Hamilton argues that “…”
- Johnson and Johnson claim, “…”
- Hamilton argues that “although my students knew that I was using the term ‘Netflix and chill’ incorrectly and didn’t point this out to me, they are still awesome” (27).
- Johnson and Johnson claim, “Let there be no more tears” (167).
- Contextualize/explain the quote (Why did you insert this quote and what does it mean?)
- In other words, …
- That is, …
- For Hamilton, students are awesome because they respectfully did not want to make an awkward situation even more awkward.
Assignment for Thursday
- Make sure that you have access to all of your sources for Thursday’s class
- Keep writing!
- You should have your introduction done and be working on your body paragraphs.
- Class time will be provided for working on your essays and for asking questions.