AW1: week 13, July 14th, 2017


  • Review your essay #2 draft#2 after considering what you learned in today’s class.
    • Re-write your essay – this will be your final draft
    • Print it out and bring it to class next week
    • Also email it to me when you are ready (next Friday is fine)
  • Choose a topic for essay #3 “Problem-Solution” from the list on p. 72 in the textbook.
  • (Option) Watch this short video of comedian Louis C.K. giving a funny counter-claim to the common claim that lying is bad.
    • Louis’ counter-claim is that lying solves almost every problem like magic.
  • Schedule:
    • Friday July 21st:
      • start writing your compare-contrast essay in class.
      • gather data,  design questions to ask classmates tin class.
      • After class,  email me your essay#3 draft#1 as soon as possible. I will correct and return your draft asap.
      • If I have time, I will email it to you. If not, I will give you my corrections personally in class on July 28th.
    • Friday July 28th: using my corrections and comments, you will write the final draft of your compare-contrast essay in class.

Today’s class

  1. You need a counter-claim. Most students had no counter-claim or very weak counter-claims. This makes you look lazy (you can’t be bothered to think of any) or ignorant (you don’t realize there are arguments against your position). Either way, you need counter-claims.
  2. What exactly is the problem? Some of you did not clearly define the problem.
    1. E.g. “putting things off is a problem.” No, it isn’t. It’s a bad habit, maybe, but it is not a problem. It CAUSES problems, yes, but putting things off itself is not a problem. You need to be clear in your own mind exactly what the problem is.
  3. If you did some original research, e.g. by asking classmates some questions and gathering data, then you need to present the results to your readers. Usually this is the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs (the 1st and 2nd body paragraphs).
    1. See this worksheet for a model outline (this outline works for a compare-&-contrast essay as well). STRUCTURE OF POLICY ARGUMENT ESSAY
  4. When choosing a topic: Problems with some essay topics
  5. Textbook chapter 3 p. 69: read the first paragraph of the model essay “”.
  6. Read p. 70 C “Essay structure”
  7. Read p. 71 D “Topics
  8. P. 72 “Your Turn”: choose a topic from the list (or decide your own topic)
  9. P. 73 Venn diagrams for brainstorm ideas.
  10. P. 76 D Organizing a comparison-contrast essay
  11. p. 79 F “Language for comparing and contrasting” (for your reference).

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