Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Topic: Writing Arguments

10-second review: “One of the most radical shifts in high school and college writing instruction over the past 20 years has been the move toward argument as the dominant mode.” P. 41.

Title: “Taming the Warrant in Toulmin’s Model of argument.” JE Warren. English Journal (July 2010), 41-46.

Quote: “In two massive studies of first-year college composition conducted in 1984 and 2004, Andrea Lundsford found that the biggest change in writing assignments during the period was a shift from personal narrative essays to argument essays.” P. 41.

Quote: Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein: “…broadly speaking, academic writing is argumentative writing.” P. 41.

Comment: Next question, how do we teach argumentative writing? RayS.

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