Ch 1 El

Chapter One: Why do we argue.

-To communicate.
-To create knowledge

Why bother
You'll use the skills knowledge and habits hat you learn as an apprentice scholar throughout college and in your personal and professional life.

Well educated people make decisions carefully and take their time.
By practicing scholarly argument, well educated people learn that they must carefully explain and support their conclusions for others to scrutinize.
Well-educated people know that everyone's perspective, including their own, is limited.

To develop your writing ability, you only need four things

  • Knowledge
  • Practice
  • Feedback
  • Motivation

Experienced writers dont write the same way every time, and neither should you.

Discovery includes tasks such as choosing a topic, identifying the right questions to ask, finding and processing outside sources, organizing ideas, and so forth.
Drafting generates the first version of a complete draft.
Revision involves significantly adding, deleting, or rearranging chunks of text or content.
Editing polishes paragraphs and sentences for style, formatting, grammar, and so forth.

Scholarly arguments have real purposes based in problems that interests the participants
Scholarly arguments address a specific audience
Scholarly arguments belong to larger conversations, histories, and contexts that determine the rules for what counts as a good argument

Who (author, audience)
What and How (subject matter, argument and style)
When and Where (context)
Why (the writers motivation)

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