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Questions about Logic (Logos) ( “How ‘Positive’ Thinking Sets you Up To Fail”) What are the major claims the author of “How ‘Positive’ Thinking Sets you Up To Fail” makes? Do you agree with the author’s claim that negative thoughts can be motivating? Is there any claim that appears to be weak or unsupported? Which one, and why do you think so? Can you think of counterarguments the author does not consider? Do you think the author has left something out on purpose? Why? 17
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Success is a Mindset: Student Packet Questions about the Writer (Ethos) (“A Winning Mindset”) Does this author have the appropriate background to speak with authority on this subject? What does the author’s style and language tell the reader about him or her? Does the author seem trustworthy or deceptive? Why or why not? Does the author appear to be serious? Questions about Emotions (Pathos) (Why You Must Have a Growth Mindset) Does this piece affect you emotionally? Which parts? Do you think the author is trying to manipulate the reader’s emotions? In what ways? At what point? Do your emotions conflict with your logical interpretation of the arguments? 18
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Success is a Mindset: Student Packet Does the author use humor or irony? How does that affect your acceptance of his or her ideas? Activity 10: Thinking Critically (Continued) Quickwrite (5 minutes) - Choose one of the articles. What do you think the author is trying to accomplish in the essay? Activity 11: Formulating a Working Thesis Your students may want to think about or write the answers to the following questions: What is your tentative thesis? What support have you found for your thesis? What evidence have you found for this support (e.g., facts, statistics, statements from authorities, personal experience, anecdotes, scenarios, and examples)? How much background information do your readers need to understand your topic and thesis? If readers were to disagree with your thesis or the validity of your support, what would they say? How would you address their concerns (what would you say to them)? Activity 12: Draft Outline The following items are traditional parts of an essay. The number of paragraphs in your essay will depend on the nature and complexity of your argument. Introduction You might want to include the following components into your introductory paragraph or paragraphs: A “hook” to get the reader’s attention Background information that the audience may need A thesis statement, along with an indication of how the essay will be developed (“forecasting”). Note: The thesis statement states the topic of the essay and the writer’s position on that topic. You may choose to sharpen or narrow your thesis at this point.
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