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Carry Your Own Skis--Analyzing an Argument

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Anthony Devine

on 3 May 2013

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Transcript of Carry Your Own Skis--Analyzing an Argument

Your essays all may be dealing with a similar problem. I want to see a high level of thinking. I want your essay to show a lot of thinking at this level... Bloom's Levels of Thinking ... but instead students may be struggling to show thinking at this level. What could be causing this problem? Why is it so difficult to analyze Dolan's argument like the prompt said? The prompt says EXACTLY what to do, but does your essay do what the prompt tells it to do? Writing: Analyzing Dolan's Argument Step 1: Identify things from Dolan's life that taught her personal responsibility: I'm writing this essay to persuade people. I'm going to pick experiences from my life that will help me persuade people. Dolan Step 1: Identify things from Dolan's life that taught her personal responsibility: I'm writing this essay to persuade people. I'm going to pick experiences from my life that will help me persuade people. Step 2: Explain what Dolan learned from these experiences. This helped Dolan realize... From this experience Dolan learned... This taught Dolan... This made Dolan realize... Step 1: Identify things from Dolan's life that taught her personal responsibility: Step 2: Explain what Dolan learned from these experiences: From this experience Dolan learned... This taught Dolan... This made Dolan realize... This helped Dolan realize... Step 3: Explain why these things would persuade people who read Dolan's essay to value personal responsibility: This is persuasive because... People who read Dolan's essay. We are reading this essay. We are persuaded by these examples because... A reader would be persuaded by this because... This example is persuasive to readers because... This example influences most readers because... That's what I wanted you to do. That's how to analyze an argument.
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