Week 2 January 19 23

January 20

  • Reminder: Information and assignments will be posted to the wiki on Tuesdays and Thursdays by noon. Notes and updates and clarifications will be posted on the days between as the need arises. Get in the habit of checking the wiki regularly.
  • Questions about using the wiki? Syntax/formatting problems? How did creating the name pages go? Anything prove particularly problematic?
  • Think about: By the end of the semester you are going to have a lot of notes on this wiki. There are a couple of different ways you might keep your Notes page organized and easy to use.
    • One possibility is to create separate pages for each chapter of the book, face-to-face meeting, etc. Link these all on your original Notes page.
    • Another possibility is to use headings and a Table of Contents. Add a table of contents by inserting the following code towards the top of your page:
[[toc]]

Applying what we've leaned: Analyzing the rhetorical situation.

First, read the argument on Popular Science: "Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments".

Then, with a partner or two, analyze the rhetorical situation of the article using the questions on pages 16-17 of your text. Go through each of them, noting your responses on a page that you have created entitled Rhetorical Situation followed by your names or initials. Make sure this page is linked on each of your Name Pages.

Assignment for Thursday

Write a scholarly statement. Consult pages 24-25 of your text for direction.

Start a new page for this titled Scholarly Statement followed by your name or initials. Your statement should be 400-500 words in length and should explore your intellectual interests and motivations.

  • what are you interested in?
  • when have you liked writing?
  • when have you despised writing?
  • what are some questions you would like to explore?
  • what is your major and what are some topics of controversy or discussion related to that major?
  • what topics of conversation are interesting to you? What do you feel passionately about?
  • what is something you know a little bit about, but would like to know more?

Read through the information and prompts under Seeing Yourself as a Scholar on page 24-25. This should be in the form of complete sentences and paragraphs — prose text. This is due on Thursday at midnight. Questions? Concerns?


January 22

For Tuesday

  • read chapter 2 of So What? and take notes on your Notes page.
  • After you have read chapter 2, go back and review the How Do We Build Arguments section (pages 35-39). Take what you have learned about common categories of support and identify the types of support you see in the excerpt from "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" found on pages 262-269.
    • Start a new page titled Support Analysis followed by your name or initials
    • On that page, identify some of the claims made by Nicholas Carr in his argument
    • Then, list the different pieces of support you find for each of the claims.
    • Identify what category you think that support belongs to: evidence, verification, or illustration
    • Finally, identify whether you think the support is building credibility, activating reasoning, or evoking emotion. See table 2.1 on page 37 of your text for more information

Any questions? Let me know!


January 25

  • Scholarly statements looked good. Feedback and points are up on D2L.
  • Have your Support Analysis ready to go by class time on Tuesday. When working on the Support Analysis, keep in mind:
    • Claims, as defined by your text are "a debatable or controversial idea that we're proposing to our audience" (35). We make a lot of claims in our writing. Anything that is a statement that could be debated (and thus in need of support) is a claim. Find those, and then figure out what Carr used to support them.
    • Example:
      • Claim: The human brain is almost infinitely malleable (265).
      • (We know this because) Support: James Olds, neuroscientist and the director of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University says that the brain is very plastic — nerve cells are constantly breaking old connections and forming new ones (265).
      • Now, your job is to decide whether this is an example of evidence, verification, or illustration.
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