Thursday, January 20, 2011

Topic: Mapping, a Metaphor for Analysis

Question: How can the concept of maps help to analyze and interpret arguments and essays?

Answer: Drawing on the language of maps as a metaphor for analyzing and interpreting arguments and essays, including the students’ own essays. Students map out the start, the various twists and turns the argument or essay takes and arrives at the end of the trip.

Comment: Sounds like an interesting way to help students visualize the structure of the argument or essay, including their own. RayS.

Title: “Navigating Everyday Literacies: Mapping as Deep Frame in Teaching Argument.” N Barta-Smith and D DiMarco. Teaching English in the Two-Year College (September 2009), 68-83.

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