Argumentation & Writing to Learn

  • Using your sources to inform your writing may seem like a straight-forward task; however, the interpretation, synthesis, and integration of source material to construct an argument requires more than just access.
  • Let's think about some integration concepts that you should consider for your argument essay:
  • Use this week's Freewrite to share your thoughts on these concepts.

Discussion & Application

  • Let's think about how argumentation applies to your topics.
  • Use the Argumentative Guide to aid you in outlining your argumentative paper.
  • Create a new doc and compose two claims, one based on facts from your research and one based on defining something about your topic. List at least 3 reasons you could use to support them. Remember:
    • Claims should be arguable and debatable. They can't simply state a fact we all agree on.
    • You must be able to support your claims with reasons and, eventually, evidence based on your research.
  • Submit this as your weekly assignment in Blackboard!

Final Portfolio: Multimodal=Multiple Genres

  • Your final portfolio will include scholarly writing (your argument essay), web design (your research proposal and argument essay will both be incorporated into a website you've created), and research (your sources will be listed in a citation style of your choice).
  • We'll get to the web design stuff soon, but first we need to dig into the research and argumentative writing.


Research your topic, utilizing the Bell Library Databases!