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Monday, March 31

Writing

Respond to two of your classmates’ blog posts in which they’ve shown the specifics of their proposal. Your response should indicate whether you think the proposed solution is the best (you’ll need to think about what sorts of criteria you might associate with “best”) way to solve the problem initially identified by the writer. Your response should include an idea about an alternative way to solve the problem the writer has identified.

Friday, March 28

Writing

Develop a blog post that describes the specifics of your proposed solution to the problem you identified in your post for Monday. The paragraph “Showing the Specifics of Your Proposal” on p. 317 of Analyzing Arguments should inform this post. Note, especially, the following passages:

  • “In many arguments the specifics of your proposal–the actual step-by-step methods of implementing it–may be instrumental in winning your audience’s support.”
  • “A typical approach is to lay out a causal argument showing how one consequence will lead to another until your solution is effected.”
  • “Another approach is to turn to resemblance arguments, either analogy or precedent. You try to show how similar proposal have been successful elsewhere.”

 

Wednesday, March 26

Writing

Respond to two of your classmates’ blog posts in which they’ve identified and attempted to substantiate a campus or other local problem. Your response should indicate whether or not you agree that such a problem exists and suggest at least one additional way the post’s writer might substantiate the problem (i.e., persuade readers that a problem actually exists).

Monday, March 24

Writing

Develop a blog post in which you identify and “give presence” to a campus or local problem. This post is the first draft of your problem statement. Make sure you provide sufficient substantiation so that even a skeptic will agree that there’s a problem. 250 words is a good target for this draft.

Friday, March 21

Reading

Writing Arguments, Chapter 14, “Proposal Arguments.” ReservesDirect link.

Writing

Sign up for an Indiegogo account. Check out the steps for producing a campaign (but don’t publish any test campaign you might create). Develop a blog post in which you list the textual elements you’ll need to assemble a complete campaign.

For Class

Proposal: Rhetorical Moves

Indiegogo: School Desks for Orphans

Introduction to Argumentation and Claim Types Strategy

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