AW2: Week 8, November 22nd, 2019

Homework

  • Re-read the essays handed out in class today (you can download them below).
  • Watch the videos about citations and references if you have not yet done so.
  • Re-write your draft #3, save as “AW2 Essay4 Draft4 LastName” (without the ” of course”), and send it to me by email. The email should have the same subject line “AW2 Essay4 Draft4 LastName”.
  • Print it out and bring to class next week.
  • NEW! Checklist for your draft #4:
    • Does your title and thesis statement clearly show your position on the topic?
    • Do you have a clear thesis statement?
    • Have you done some research and found at least two articles or websites – one that supports your position and one that supports the opposite opinion? 
      • Have you listed both articles in your “Works Cited” section and referred to them in the body of your essay (in-text citation)?
      • Have you used the correct (MLA) format for each one? See this model MLA-style essay for examples.
      • Have you included counter-arguments? WITHOUT A COUNTER-ARGUMENT, AND WITHOUT CITATIONS, YOUR ESSAY IS NOT AN ACADEMIC ESSAY, IT’S JUST AN OPINION PIECE (意見記事)
    • Have you avoided rhetorical questions? (E.g. “Do you like to read books?”)
    • Have you avoided using subjective expressions? (E.g., “I think the 2020 Olympics will be good for Japan.”
    • Have you included objective facts as evidence to support your claims (position and opinions)?
    • Have you included references for all these pieces of evidence (i.e. have you cited all your sources)?
    • Does your conclusion restate your position and summarize your main points?

Today’s class

  1. Brief discussion of citations and references (see last week’s homework)
  2. Wrong logic
  3. In small groups, discuss the key main points of the following essays (click the titles below to download the essay)
    1. Tips on How to Write an Argumentative Essay
    2. 5 Steps to Writing a Position Paper
    3. Refutation
    4. Usage and Examples of a Rebuttal
    5. An Introduction to Academic Writing (essay + discussion questions)

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