ENL 102 PROJECT 3 Common Assignment FRAME

Mapping, Responding to, and JOINING the Conversation

This outline offers a model for the types of paragraphs you would find in an Academic Argument. The order is up to you.

Introduction Paragraph(s) Objectives

Hook the reader (relate through experience, current events, contemporary issues)

? Identify your topic: What are you talking about?

o  Define any unclear terms in your own words

? Identify two to three varying viewpoints/groups: What’s the controversy? X vs. Y This is a mini-map the debate ¶ to orient readers to: your group names and what they are arguing.

? Establish the stakes: Why does it matter?

? Present a clear thesis: What are you arguing? (may be a question you will answer later)

*Mapping Conversation Paragraphs Objectives (GROUPs):

? Show what THEY SAY (agree on) as a GROUP in response to your question/thesis (multiple sentences) and name the GROUP—this is your UNITE ¶. What do they agree on?

? Introduce sources as credible and include a main point summary (what) and types of evidence used (how)

Professor of rhetoric Smith conducted a study that concludes students must read rhetorically in order to write researched papers effectively with rhetorical awareness.

? Include a sub-summary in relation to your research focus/thesis if needed (stated or implied)

? Put sources into conversation to show the nuances of how they agree & diverge within the GROUP with Synthesis Claims (must overtly name sources in SC)

o  Link to thesis: How does the source engage with the overall argument? (build the connection)

o  Provide textual evidence (quotes) for all sources named in synthesis claims for proof

? Present the strengths and weaknesses of the GROUP (as a group) in answer to your research question if needed—here or Map the Debate paragraphs.

?              REPEAT for All GROUPS

Map the Debate Paragraph(s) Objectives:

? Pull back from the minutia of the synthesis work and talk about the debate between the groups. This crucial work provides the space for you to JOIN the conversation

? Summarize the THEY SAYs/GROUPS in relation to each other  (use the group names you devised)

o  HERE or in above section: Present the strengths and weaknesses of the GROUPS in answer to your research question

? Build the conversation (ARGUMENT) between GROUPS with synthesis claims using group names.

o  Specifically point to a flaw within the argument(s) (the reasoning, the research, an undefined word, and unstated premise, a reasonable counterargument)

Joining The Conversation Paragraphs Objectives:

? Differentiate yourself from what THEY SAY and provide evidence (additional research, interviews, original comparison, personal experience, etc.)

?  Add your own original ideas/insights into the conversation:

o  Synthesize the voices of at least 2 sources with your own (name them)—put your argument into the context of the larger conversation

Conclusion Paragraph Objectives:

? Strong restatement of thesis (use different words) & a summary of findings

? Assert the value of all of the work you’ve just done (So What?/Purpose)