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Asking the Questions that Matter ( so what?) Introduction: What difference does it make? At this point in the semester, you have written and revised at least four papers. You are also, in all likelihood, somewhere near the beginning of at least four years in college writing papers. Where should you be right now? How can you assess your own progress? We would like to suggest that, at this point in the semester, you should have a pretty good idea whether or not you are generating passing work: you should be producing writing that dependably engages with the assigned readings, that takes a position, and that is well organized. How do you get your writing up to the higher levels , though? It's one thing to produce passing work-that, at least, insures that you'll fulfill your writing requirement-but what about getting beyond passing? For this tutorial, we'd like you to ask the same question of your writing that we do when we read it: what difference does it make if the argument that is being made is true? Or, to put the question more succinctly, so what? You're writing will begin to improve considerably when your essays begin to include clear answers to these questions. There are probably slightly friendlier ways to ask these questions, but we think it best not to mislead you at this point about how best to assess your own progress. Questioning your own position
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This document was uploaded on 11/03/2011 for the course WRITING 101 at Rutgers.

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