Today in class, we began to work through the concepts and structure of definition arguments. The warm-up today asked you to define a term (sport) and to place specific types of activities either inside or outside of that definition. We will continue to practice these kinds of definition arguments throughout this unit.
Second, I answered questions about your common first week project. Please remember that your projects are due tonight at 11:55 pm (See Common First Week Project Submission Reminder below).
Third, we discussed definition arguments, the traditional structure for a definition argument essay, and the overall purpose and usefulness for a definition argument in a variety of contexts. We covered the major types of definition (dictionary, extended, operational) and talked about how these types should all work together in order to create a definition that is neither too broad, too narrow or circular.
Fourth, we discussed tips and techniques for active reading, textual annotation, and working through dense academic texts. Active reading and taking good notes are hugely important skills that we will continue to emphasize throughout this semester, as you will need to master both to do well in this course and throughout your college career.
Finally, as a group, you worked to combine both your new understanding of definition arguments and your abilities to work through and annotate a text. You used the readings from the homework to examine a source that might be used in a definition argument concerned with the meaning of the term “legitimate research source.” We will come back to these sources on Wednesday to continue to discuss whether or not Wikipedia belongs inside or outside of that classification.
You should post your team’s summary/analysis of your reading section in the comments below (1 post per team, but include first names and last initial for each team member as well as your section number). This post should include:
- A summary of the source’s main argument and a break down of the major supporting points (this can be in outline form)
- An analysis of the major rhetorical appeals of the source (ethos, pathos, logos)
- An analysis of the target audience for the source
- An analysis of the context for the source (publication date, place, type of publication, etc.)
- An analysis of whether or not this source is for or against Wikipedia being classified as a “legitimate research source”
- One or two key quotes from this source that might be useful in creating a definition argument.
- Any other information that might be pertinent to the argument (may include disagreements within your team).
Each group will work on the following source from Chapter 12 of Practical Arguments (available on TSquare)
- Group 1: Reading starting on page 411: “The ‘Undue Weight’ of Truth on Wikipedia“
- Group 2: pg 414: “A False Wikipedia Biography”
- Group 3: Pg 417: “Anonymous Source is Not the Same as Open Source”
- Group 4: pg 421: “Wikipedia: About” and “Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: About”
- Group 5: pg 425: “Wikiphobia: The Latest in Open Source”
- Group 6: Pg 428: “Wikipedia With Caution”
Homework (UPDATE FROM SYLLABUS)
1. Read WOVENText Chapter 18 (Section on Annotating Texts ONLY pg 663-669). Put off reading Ch. 6 & 17 until Sept 7.
2. Read the PDF of Mintz, “Preface and Chapter 1” available on TSquare. Practice your active reading and annotations as you read – pay careful attention to looking up/defining terms you don’t know and being able to articulate the main arguments of each chapter.
3. Read the summary/analysis of Wikipedia articles from the rest of the class in the comments below and begin to brainstorm a thesis statement for the (imaginary) definition essay about Wikipedia as a legitimate research source.
4. Reminder: Your Common First Week Video Project
is due TONIGHT by 11:55 pm. You will need to complete the following steps to successfully turn in your video project:
- Upload the video to YouTube.
- Locate the appropriate assignment on TSquare for “Common First Week Project”
- Copy/paste the link to your YouTube video into the text box
- Confirm the honor pledge by checking the box
- Click “Submit” prior to the deadline of 11:55pm