Everyday Arguments


  • Freewrite about the arguments of evaluation that you read about for homework.
    • Consider how this kind of argumentation might benefit the discussion of your topic
    • Relate the examples from the book to your own ideas
    • Consider whether this would be an effective way for you to construct (parts of) your argument

Discussion & Application

  • Let's talk about how this form of argumentation applies to your topics.
  • Continue working on claims:
    • Remember to keep them debatable.
    • Try to get three solid claims completed today. You can round out the reasons that support the claims on your own time, so focus on phrasing the claims appropriately, using good qualifiers.
  • Once you've composed these, try to write down some possible refutations of your claims.
    • Use your remaining time to compose rebuttals to these refutations!
  • Using your wiki, compose a sentence outline of Writing Project 3. Refer to the Argumentative Guide.


  • Read Chapter 11, "Causal Arguments" in EAA
    • Write a Reading Response, based on the following prompts, for Chapters 10 and 11:
  1. Give an example of how you might "pare the possibilities down" when creating criteria for an argument of evaluation (222).
  2. Explain how design and visuals would play a role in your presentation, based on an evaluative argument.
  3. Explain why causal arguments are rarely absolute (therefore, subject to criticism) and why they are a valuable method of argumentation in spite of it.
  4. Explain how your understanding of ethnographic information might benefit your construction of a causal argument.