Classical Argument

Let's think about how to construct the argument you'll be making for WP 3. Use the Argumentative Guide to help you construct a form of a classical, Aristotelian styled argument. We'll walk through an example of a classically structured argument: on vegetarianism: https://manowar.tamucc.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pwh&AN=28675340&site=pov-live

  • Be sure and take notes.

Daily Writing

So, what do you want to ARGUE in WP 3

  • Establish the status quo
  • Decide what you want to argue
  • What are the reasons and evidence to support your claim?

Homework

  • Continue fleshing out your layout and argument for WP 3.
  • It's very important that you have enough research on your current topic to be able to write convincingly and expertly about this issue. SO, do some more research if you need to. Use Points of View Reference Center or Academic Search Complete. Both are on our LC E Library Guide.
  • Begin outlining your argument. Use your historical research as context/background for your argument. Then, use the Argumentative Guide to continue outlining your argument. Your outline should look like this:
    • Status Quo -- what is the current situation?
    • Claim -- an arguable assertion you hope to prove
    • Background -- what is the history of the topic? What are key events and who are key players? What is the ongoing conversation surrounding this topic?
    • Reason 1 & Evidence to support your claim
    • Reason 2 & Evidence to support your claim
    • Reason 3 & Evidence to support your claim
    • Objection 1: what would those opposed say?
    • Rebuttal: How do you respond to this objection?
    • Objection 2: what would those opposed say?
    • Rebuttal: How do you respond to this objection?
    • Conclusion
  • Bring a draft of your outline to class on Wed. in electronic format. This will count as a homework grade.