Prompt Dissection and S.M.E.L.L. Analysis Step 1: Dissect the Prompt Steps of Prompt Dissection What does the prompt say? (Use this column to record the specific wording of each step from the prompt.) What does this mean to you? (Use this column to state each part in your words.) 1.Determine the context or background information.Students and their parents are split between believing if college is worth the money or not. Some families are willing to help pay for their children to have a higher education and other parents will not because they do not believe it is worth it. 2.Locate the sources that you will draw from to inform or support your argument.Some sources are from universities and others are from national newspapers, so that the sources do not come of as biased. The prompt is showing multiple points of view, so the readers know all sides of the argument. 3.Identify the broad task of the prompt.The broad task is to evaluate if college is worth the cost. The prompt is asking the reader to review all of the articles provided and determine if they believe college is worth the cost. 4.Determine the specific task of the prompt.Use the sources to back up your claim on whether college is worth the cost of not. Chose about three of the sources to back up your position of the argument if college is worth the cost or not. 5.Determine the EXPLICIT steps that must be taken to complete the task.The explicit steps are to read the sources, take a position on the argument, and to defend your decision with information from three of the sources. Read the sources and chose three sources that you believe are the strongest to defend your position of the argument. 6.Consider the implicit directions or expectations.Not Applicable. The implicit part of the prompt is not stated directly. Record the implicit expectations in the next column. I believe that the implicit expectations are to cite and explain the sources correctly. Step 2: Analyze Your Sources Using S.M.E.L.L. A solid understanding of your sources is the first step in being able to have a conversation with them. Review all six sources that are provided for question one (refer to the link on the lesson page). Choose threeof the sources and complete the S.M.E.L.L. analysis chart. Be sure to identify the sources you analyze in each column. S.M.E.L.L. STEP Source ___C Source ___D Source ___E •S—Sender/Receiver. Ask these questions:oWho is the writer? oWho is the audience? oThe writer is Heidi Shierholz oThe audience is lower- and middle-class citizens oThe writer is David Leonhardt oThe audience are people on the fence of deciding to oThe writer is Ben Wielder oThe audience is young adults on fence of going to college or straight
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S.M.E.L.L. STEP Source ___C Source ___D Source ___E oWhat knowledge does the audience need coming into the argument?