6.1 Discussion

6.1 Discussion

Formulate a position on  the topic

Use rhetorical analysis  strategies to examine your topic

Demonstrate writing process planning your paper

Instructions:

After you have identified your issue, written your linked questions, and spent

some time researching and thinking about your

topic during  the  Exploratory  Essay stage

you need

to start planning your Researched Argument paper. Your argument plan will include:

A position statement Rhetorical context analysis Audience analysis

A claim

A few reasons supporting the claim optional other elements* see below

Here is some information to help you construct your plan:

Position Statement:

This is your answer to your issue question. Ideally, your new issue question emerges from the  previous exploration of the topic. If you want to revise/change the issue question, you should discuss it with your professor, You should identify the issue question in the argumentative context, and then you should write your answer to the question. The statement should reflect your thoughts about the answer to your issue question. Your post should be based on the thinking you have done about this topic, and where you expect to be going with your position paper.

Rhetorical Context:

Explain the issue and the context of the issue. You may want to identify for whom this issue is important and what the various sides of the issue are.

Audience Analysis:

Determine who the target audience for your argument is. Your target audience is your choice, so you should spend some time thinking about who they are and how you can reach them. You should think about the unstated assumptions, beliefs, attitudes and values of this audience.

Claim:

Similar to a thesis statement, this is the claim you will make with this paper. Once you have determined your audience, you need to develop a claim based on your position which is targeted toward your chosen audience.

Reasons:

These are the points you will make to support your claim and convince your audience. State the specific reasons why your claim is true.

* Be sure to include any other elements which might be important to your argument, such as:

Qualifiers and Exceptions: You may want to consider qualifiers and exceptions for your argument. These should be designed to make your argument stronger and may help you appeal to your audience. Note: Qualifiers are limits to your claim. They frame the claim so it is not absolute. Exceptions are situations or examples when your claim is not true.

Objection/Rebuttal: an argument against your claim, and the rebuttal (or reason why that objection is wrong) against that objection.

Common Ground:  If you  are  developing  a  Rogerian  style  argument  (see the PowerPoint on Argument Types in Unit 1), you will need to identify at least two sides of the issue and the common ground between these two sides.

Solution: if there is a solution you want to recommend either based on your position or on the common ground you have identified, you should identify it in your plan.

Tips:

The following resource can be extremely helpful in organizing your argument plan. Please go to the Establishing  Arguments on Purdue OWL website and read the following sections: Strong Thesis Statements, Research and Evidence, Organizing Your Argument, and Rhetorical Strategies.

See pages 390-391 in the textbook for different types of argument and further independent reading suggestions.

Reach out to your professor and ask for a conference or visit the Writing Center on any of three campuses to talk about your argument.

Due: Wednesday, Week 6

Where do I post my work? Go to the Discussions Tab on the menu and post your response in the 6.1 Discussions topic thread.

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