Paper Outline Template
FINAL FORMAT OF THE PAPER--Be sure you mark these in your final draft or you will lose major points.
Before you begin working on your Persuasive/Argument Essay (the last one for the semester!), do some thinking about a possible topic.
- Brainstorm a list of problems that affect your life in some ways. You are going to share these, so make sure your list is shareable.
- Choose one to talk about with your group. Explain the problem as clearly as you can. Tell your group how you think the problem could be solved.
- Ask for group members’ ideas about your solution. Do they think it might work? What other solutions could there be? What resources exist that might help solve the problem?
- Take turns hearing from each person in the group. Listen and respond to each person.
- Reflect on what you learned from the exercise. What did you learn about your audience? Did they understand the problem right away or did they need you to adapt your explanation? How much detail did they need to understand what you were talking about? What did people assume about the problem, rightly or wrongly? What did they think of your solution? What did they suggest as alternatives? Did their comments help you get a better understanding of your problem or give you new ideas about solving it?
Project Topic Ideas
With a small group, formulate and describe three possible topic ideas for each of the areas listed. This is a refinement of WNB 4-1. Even if you are pretty sure about your topic already, complete this exercise to solidify your decision. If you are still unsure, make your goal for the end of class today to have a topic selected.
1. Define problems at RHS. Think about defining a problem in one of these ways:
- a situation and the effects it has on people
- an agent (someone who has caused a problem), their goals, their actions, and the results
- a situation’s severity and duration
- goals and barriers/obstacles
3. Identify a critical problem in your future major area of study
4. Trace the development of a long-term problem, it’s status and sources
5. Evaluate proposed solutions to a problem (like with your website, you’ll need to define the problem, proposed solutions, and the criteria for evaluating them
Your Topic--You will show this to me in class on Monday 12/4
--State your topic.
--Write a thesis statement that makes a bold argumentative claim. Your thesis statement should be a brief statement that conveys the main idea of the point you will make about your issue. It should be:
- debatable: The reader should be able to disagree with the statement.
- plausible: Your thesis statement should be reasonable as well as convincing or persuasive on its own.
- clear: Advance a claim that is easy to follow and state what the reader should believe or how they should act (without saying "you").
--List a counter argument to your position.
Work with a partner or in a group of three and carry on a "devil's advocate" conversation to identify and consider opposing claims.
- Briefly describe your issue, the claim you are making, and your reasons.
- Listen while other group members provide reasonable counter arguments.
- Take careful notes about the opposing claims and the reasons supporting those claims.
- Switch roles and repeat.
- Reflect on what you heard. Summarize the discussion. Will you change anything about your paper because of the discussion? Why or why not?
Roadmap, pp. 138-140
Address the bold items (audience, purpose, stance, context, medium and design) in a paragraph each.
Self-assessment of draft. See handout.
- Assignment handout
- WNB 3-3
- Interest in the subject
- Skill development
- Personal rewards
- Future employment opportunities
After everyone speaks, responds, and asks questions, revisit your criteria for how useful they were. What changes you would make.
WRITE: Summarize your discussion. What were the majors and criteria you used? What discussion resulted from your criteria? What changes would you make in your criteria?
- WNB 3-4 in EAA
- WNB 3-5
- Describe your topic.
- Define your criteria.
- Identify the evidence you will use to support your evaluation.
- State your overall judgement of your topic (at this point).
- WNB 3-11
- What did you learn about creating a website?
- How was writing in an online medium different than for a printed medium? Was the writing itself different? Did it change how you thought about your audience? In what ways?
- What were your successes in this project?
- What were your challenges? What would you change if you had more time?
- Analysis Essay Assignment Handout
- Analysis Project Rubric
- Analysis Feedback Code Sheet
- Analysis Essay Rubric
- Sample chapter notes, Chapter 13, EAA
- Introductory Strategies, Joining, pp. 560-564
Revision/Corrections of Essays
Grammar Corrections (Number Codes)--REQUIRED for Narrative