First, we will spend time studying arguments. This will help you to better understand how arguments are structured and developed. Here is some basic info to structure our discussion about arguments.

Kinds of Arguments

  • Arguments of Fact
  • Arguments of Definition
  • Arguments of Evaluation
  • Arguments of Causality
  • Proposal Argument

Structures of Arguments

  • Classical
  • Rogerian
  • Toulmin

Elements of Arguments

  • Position
  • Claim
  • Evidence

Argument Definitions Activity

In the Wiki section of Blackboard, you will be assigned to a Topic Group on one of the groupings listed above. Each student must post individually under their assigned topic. The collective information will become a general guide that all students can use to help write better arguments. A majority of the information you should use to create your definitions will come from the Argument Readings list. You should use at least three of the sources on the list. You also need to include at least two outside sources that you find. Do not simply cut and paste from the info you find. Just talk about the info in the way it makes sense to you. Write about info from the resource that you find to be useful and interesting. Think about if you were going to explain the info to the other students in the class, how would you explain it. So write the way it makes sense to you. Don't feel like you have to write in some very formal, academic style. We are creating this info to help other students understand what arguments are and how to write arguments. So it's not meant to be the most polished of prose. It should be understandable, and at least minimally edited, but not perfect by any means. You are not writing a paper, so feel free to structure the info in whatever way that makes sense - lists, short paragraphs on different ideas, etc. Also list the citation info for the sources you used (preferably in APA format).

If you need help figuring out how to use the Wiki in Blackboard, go to the menu bar and check out the Blackboard Video Tutorials. Then search for "wiki" and you'll find some info. Also, here is a link to a tutorial that the university created, https://distance-education.tamucc.edu/assets/comm_coll_pt2_web.pdf.