AW1, Week 8, June 9th, 2017

Homework

  • (Email me your final draft if you have not already done so.)
  • Look again at the “Slip or Trip?” handout.
  1. Write out the list of evidence: what can you see in the picture that might be important to prove or disprove Queenie’s claim about what happened?
  2. Explain why each piece of evidence is important, i.e. explain why each piece of evidence supports or does not support Queenie’s claim.
  3. What is YOUR claim about what happened? Explain your reasons, i.e. support with evidence (listed in step 2 above).

Today’s class

  1. Common errors from students’ 3rd draft (download the document here: AW1 Common errors from Essay 1 )
  2. Look at the handout “Slip or Trip?”
    1. What is Queenie’s claim about what happened?
    2. What is the evidence (what can you see in the picture that might be relevant)?
      1. The autopsy report (not in the picture) says that Arthur died of a wound on the head and that he had been drunk.
      2. List the other pieces of evidence.
    3. Now link the evidence to Queenie’s claim with explanations about why it supports or does not support Queenie’s claim about what happened to Arthur.
      1. E.g. Evidence: Arthur is still holding an unbroken glass in his hand. When people slip and fall (Queenie’s claim), they usually drop what they are holding and try to stop themselves falling by grasping something solid. So if Arthur had fallen, the glass would not be still in his hand. The fact that it is in his hand does not support Queenie’s claim. Also, being made of glass, it is quite likely to have broken, but it is not broken. These two pieces of evidence do not support Queenie’s claim. However, they do not prove that Queenie is lying, nor do they prove how Arthur received his head wound. So we need more evidence and more reasoning.

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