Building an Argument. 1st Post Due by Day 3. Prepare
As you prepare to write your first discussion for this week, take a few moments to do the following:
o Watch Models of Non-Fiction Writing: Presenting an Argument in the AU Library’s Films on
o Watch Evidence in Argument: Critical Thinking in the AU Library’s Films on Demand database o Review last week’s supplemental, “An Introduction to Argument”
o Review the grading rubric for this discussion
Before drafting your initial post, take time to reflect on the structure of a successful argument. Think about the structure of an argument and how it may relate to your paper. Decide what approach will be best suited to your specific argument.
Write (due Thursday, Day 3)
In 200 to 300 words, present a plan for the argument you will be presenting in your paper. In a few
sentences each, identify and explain the following items for your specific argument:
o Ethos, pathos, and logos
o Thesis statement (the paper’s position)
o At least two claims
o At least two counterarguments and plans for rebuttal
o Questions or concerns regarding the development of your argument
Guided Response (due Monday, Day 7)
In 125 to 200 words each, respond to at least two classmates. In each response, address all questions and
concerns with clear and concise information and advice. Then, analyze your classmate’s proposed argument structure and describe why the argument seems valid. If the argument is not valid, identify errors or omissions and provide suggestions for improvement.
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