RHET 11O NOTES 10/16/13 11:43 AM●Break down from 5 paragraph essay●Unpack quotesoParaphraseoAnalyze source (what is it saying)oWhat’s interesting, strange, importantoConsider implications, connect to thesis ●Clarity vs. emphasis ●Global re-vision workshop●Revising for clarity and emphasis: developing argumentative structure and conversing with sources ●Weak thesis statements: oMakes no claim▪Raise specific issuesoStatement that is obviously true ▪Find some inquiryoConventional statements ▪“Love conquers all” oOffers personal conviction ▪“Shopping malls are wonderful places”●Revising thesis workshop oThe way the media portrays news events can negatively influence the perspective of the American people. ●Revise your own thesis in many ways: oViolent video games are influencing children to become aggressive and violent, to the point where they lash out at others or harm otherpeople. oViolent video games are leading children to aggressive and violent behavior, using killing and criminal activity in the games. oChildren will become more violent and aggressive if they are consistently exposed to violent video games, which celebrate criminal activity and harsh killings. ▪Paragraph 1. Rewarded with points for harsh killings▪Paragraph 2: being desensitized to harsh killings▪Paragraph 3: repetition of harsh killings becomes automatic nature ●°
●A good title should: inform the reader what the paper is aboutoDraw them in/hookoWild hooks than usualoKilling for CredibilityoTeaching the Youth How to be Great CriminalsoIs the Fantasy World Being Transferred Over to Reality? oCelebrating Criminality ●Why MLA? APA?oCredit▫Avoid plagiarism ▫Cite sourcesoEasier for professors oStandardized oIntellectual structure/ communication oModern Language Association ▫Studying English/Spanish/ any modern language▫Gate keep function ▫Who is the author? ●How to cite a cereal box ●Lacan, Jacques. “The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book XI.” Ed. Jacques-Alain Miller. Trans. Alan Sheridan. W. W. Norton & Company Ltd. 1998. 203- 215. Print.
●Learning outcomes: what do we still want to learn?●Good thesis●Analyzing the material ●Style ●Reading reports:●Move away from summary●More analytical●Dig into evidence●What makes for a good proposal?●Reasonable ●Evidence●Reason/ motivated/ need●Group persuasion●Emotional appeal (ethos, pathos, logos)●To the point, brief, directoPossible proposal argument outline: 1. Introduction: hook, policy question, working thesis include the word “should” to indicate a proposal argument2. Establishment of problem/need to be addressed3. Explanation of how policy will address/ solve problem/need4. Opposing view: feasibility (cost/ effort/ time/ willingness of participants, public)5. Opposing view: alternative solutions an why they’re less desirable 6.