Academic Writing I, week 10: June 19th, 2015


  • Start writing your problem-solution essay & collect evidence for your claims.

Makeup class for May 1st will be July 11. Time and place will be announced later.

Today’s class:

  1. Compare essay outlines with a classmate.
  2. Look at handout #2. (You can download handout #2 here: Is_Your_Doctor_Harming_You_edt  ). Answers:
    1. Why the details about the peer edited journal, etc?
      1. They show that this article was accepted by a professional peer-reviewed journal.
      2. The details allow anyone to check this journal to see if in fact the article was published in it or not.
    2. What are the numbers in parentheses for?
      1. They refer to the references or sources of information which the writer used to write this article.
    3. What is the meaning and purpose of “References” on p. 2?
      1. They give the precise details about the sources the writer used for evidence for his article. This information allows anyone to identify and find (and read) those sources to check if what the writer says is true.
  3. If the instructor says, “It is raining now”, you can check with yoru own eyes by looking out the window or going outside. However, if the instructor says (or writes) something like this, how do you know if it is true or not?
    1. Pryor was married to Patricia Price in 1960 and divorced the following year. .[citation needed]
    2. From this marriage, a son, Richard Pryor Jr. (1961), was born.[citation needed]
  4. What kind of evidence would you want to see for these claims?
  5. Here’s an example from Wikipedia:
    1. Bob Newhart has called Pryor “the seminal comedian of the last 50 years”.[21]
      1. .[21]“Bob Newhart”. PBS American Masters.