Chapter 1 Why Do We Argue As

Point of Scholarly Writing

  • Works as a genuine form of communication
  • to create knowledge
  • Use it as a way to make sense out of why it is used to enhance and expand knowledge
  • Practice skills that will be important in your future
  • Think like a well-educated person
  • think carefully and take time when decision making
  • Be open to having your work scrutinized
  • Explain and support all viewpoints and conclusions
  • Perspective is all limited

The Writing Process

  • Drafting, revision and peer feedback
  • Effective writing does not come naturally and can be learned
  • 4 Things are needed to create a better writing process
  1. knowledge
  2. practice
  3. feedback
  4. motivation (MOST important)

Lesson One- Don't write the same way every time

  • Adapt your writing process to the task at hand.

4 parts to a better Writing Process

  1. Discovery (organization of thoughts)
  2. Drafting
  3. Revision (significant not minimal)
  4. Editing (Polish your work)
  • all parts are inversely proportional-using all of them to the best of your ability does not make the process longer.

Practicing Argument
Scholarly Arguments:

  • have real purposes
  • Always address a certain group of people
  • Have important rules


  • pay attention to the writer, audience and context
  • Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How?
  • Consider your audience

Make it Matter
Why does your writing matter in the first place?
What are you learning from your writing?

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