Freddy Dougy Day!


  • Freewrite about your topic angle.
    • What have you learned about your topic through your research that you didn't know before?
  • Once we've completed the freewrite for today and discussed it for a bit, I'll ask for you to re-examine your topic on the project page.


Let's get some practice recognizing an argument:

  • First, get into groups of four.
  • Then, using Chapter 6 of Freddy Dougy, gloss the ideas and answer the following questions about the chapter:
    • What is the thesis? (i.e., what is the general idea being expressed, argued, etc.)
    • Is the thesis coherent? If not, why not?
    • Is the thesis included in the introduction? If not, where is it?
    • Are there specific claims that support the thesis?
    • Do the claims follow a logical order? Why or why not?
    • Does the conclusion summarize the thesis and claims? If so, how so?
  • Next, we'll discuss as a class:
    • Freddy makes a specific argument in this chapter. Is it a successful argument? Is it supported by his description of the events surrounding it? Are you convinced?
  • This is the kind of analysis that you'll need to undertake in order to explain multiple perspectives in your Perspectives Essay.
    • Be sure that you are able to recognize when a scholarly article or other source is making an argument!
    • Many of the arguments you find might come from popular sources. If this is the case, be sure to utilize the more objective scholarly stuff to reinforce or counter the arguments made by these less objective pieces.

Editing and Additional Research

  • Let's review the formatting for your Bibliography so that everyone is on the same page for editing.
  • If we have time, let's add some more research to your bibliography!


  • Finish Freddy Dougy and finish drafting your annotations!