• Reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of the three types of argumentation described in Chapter 7.
    • When I ask you to begin, freewrite about your understanding of Classical, Rogerian, and Toulmin arguments.


  • In order to begin to understand what you should be looking for in your research, you'll need to identify some possibilities for topics that could contain some controversy.
    • Let's begin by using this site to get you started!
    • Ok, now we need to do a little practice figuring out how to identify claims.
  • Next, you'll be interviewing a classmate to get some practice exploring a topic!
    • Start by writing a claim that defines your intent to follow up on your interests. For example: In five years, I should be publishing my first book.
    • Then, have a classmate create 10 questions to discover more about your goal.
    • These questions should help you determine what kind of information you need to seek in order to better understand the different aspects of your topic.


  • Answer the questions your partner created for you and bring them to class, printed, on Wednesday.
    • This counts as a homework grade!