• Think back to the claims you've made so far.
    • When you begin freewriting, try to focus on the organization of your essay.
    • Do any of your claims represent a significant part of your argument at this point?
    • Would you want to list your strongest claim first? last? why/why not?

Causal Argument Activity

  • Today, I'd like you to have a little fun with causal arguments.
    • One fallacy of argumentation that causal arguments are susceptible to is the post hoc, ergo propter hoc. The example from EAA goes like this:
    • "When Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins in 2008, the stock market rallied by nearly six hundred points."
    • These events are realistically unrelated, but some would argue that they have a direct link. It is your job as an academic to avoid falling into this trap with your own argumentation!
  • So let's get it out of our systems :)
    • In teams of three, you'll work together to create absurd causal arguments, like the example above.
    • You can connect this to one of your research topics, or just come up with one that appeals to you.
    • You'll have about 20 minutes to construct and defend this claim, so be sure to work together and write down your supporting reasons and any warrants for them. See how effective you can be at creating something plausibly implausible!
    • At the end of class, I'll give extra participation points to groups that volunteer to share their argumentation.


  • Add to your list of claims. These will serve as the foundation for your topic sentences in the body section of your essay.
    • Bring your list of claims to class on Monday (you can do this on wiki, handwritten, or any other means you prefer, but have them with you!)
    • Remember to refer back to the Argumentative Guide. We'll be discussing other components of it once you've got the key claims developed!