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102G CN09 How to Compose a Review Essay Administrative Assignment for Wednesday, April 28 Grading policies o In contrast to a norm o I evaluate myself as a teacher of the assignment, and when I feel I could have improved… o “This class is challenging - !” o I expect, however,… o “Ground Hog Day” From practices to qualities… 1/10ths of a Second Review: Analytical Reading – To Identify the Argument “To analyze” means… Whenever we read analytically, we’re reading for four things. They are: Who has used a source from our subfolder of them? New for Today: Paragraphing: “One Topic, Developed” If, whenever we write, we care to write well, we will – among other things – compose paragraphs that each consists of “one topic, developed.” But what does “developed” mean here? Consider this topic sentence,* “Human-scale thinking must have spiritual content.”
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Have the authors used any words unfamiliar to you? Put simply, do you know what each word means? What, then, do the authors want these words together to mean? An exercise in paraphrase. The two levels of understanding: o If your intended audience understands each word – which they may not if you’re using what’s known as a “term of art” or are introducing a term that you’ve coined (“bioregionalism,” for example), they comprehend your writing at the lower of two levels. o If your intended audience understands what you want these words together to mean, then they comprehend your writing at the higher of two levels. Then they understand you. You can think of paragraph development as the process of successively moving your intended audience from the lower to the higher levels. “Human-scale thinking must have spiritual content. If we are to move from partial, fragmented, compartmentalized living towards completeness and wholistic [sic] living, we have to put back what our industrial-materialist- scientific world view leaves out. That world view is not wrong, any more than science is wrong, or capitalism and socialism are wrong; its shortcoming is in what it omits. That omitted area is what we mean by spiritual.” These authors, then, define “spiritual content” in this way: that which is omitted by the industrial-materialist-scientific world view. We’re unlikely to find that definition in a dictionary. This definition is the authors’ own, and without their ability to move us
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2010 for the course UWP 102G taught by Professor Mag during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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