WEEK NINE & TEN: Fun With Fallacies and Rogerian Argument

READING: Wood, Chapter 9 & 10



We began this class with Quiz #3 — a "Design Your Own" Quiz that students completed in groups of 2-3.

We then discussed logical fallacies and took a whole-class, ungraded "Visual Quiz" about logical fallacies — to help us understand the concepts better.

After the quiz, we looked at some documents explaining the Final Project in more detail: the Argumentative Essay Rubric, the Prewriting Worksheets, the Proposal Sample Outline, and the Evaluation Sample Outline. We went over each of these and the requirements for the final paper.

A Proposal Argument should follow a structure that you book calls the  problem-solution structure...often called The Motivated Sequence. Essentially, in a problem-solution structure you have to: 1.) Establish that there is a problem in the introduction, 2.) Present your solution (your thesis statement or main claim), 3.) Demonstrate the your solution truly solves the problem by providing steps and justification (this is your reasoning...the body of your paper), 4.) Present a call to action, and 5.) Visualize the results of adopting your proposal (you Conclusion) Of course, there is some play in this...and not all proposals will follow all five steps, but this is a good model.

An Evaluation Argument should follow an applied criteria organizational strategy. In this structure, you have to: 1.) Establish criteria for judging your issue in the introduction, 2.) Make a value judgment (your thesis or main claim...i.e. does the issue you are evaluating meet or fail to meet these criteria?), 3.) Provide reasoning and evidence to prove your claim, 4.) Answer any objections to your claim, and 5.) Reiterate the claim and push the argument further in your conclusion.

The sample outlines go over each of these structures in more detail.

We decided not to go over Rogerian Argument as a class so that we could spend more time discussing the final project. Unlike traditional argument, which assumes a winner and a loser, Rogerian argument assumes that each side has some common ground...and that a win-win scenario is possible. Rogerian argument is best for sensitive (i.e. hot-button) issues and in cases where you are trying to preserve a relationship, such as business negotiations and interpersonal disagreements. Here is The Rogerian Argument Powerpoint.

During my Office Hours this week and next, be sure to come by to talk to me about your final paper. The more you have completed (Prewriting Worksheets, Working Outline, Etc.) the more productive our conference will be...but come by no matter what. We can go over your grade, look at what you're missing, and discuss what you need to do for the final exam and the final paper. Remember, if you choose to have a student conference, it will count as either 10 bonus points on your Final Exam or a replacement grade for a missing assignment.



No Reading

Study for Final Exam

Continue to work on your Final Project

Argumentative Essay Rubric

Prewriting Worksheets

PROPOSAL Working Outline

EVALUATION Working Outline