15 Class WED MAR 13

Wake up


  • Deadline Reminder
    • The middle of the semester comes knocking. And the consequences seem real and immediate. The White Paper that a few weeks ago was a vague pledge to “donate when I get my tax refund” is suddenly an overdue bill, and the Rebuttal Argument certainly can’t be accomplished until my Hypothesis is nailed down to something like a firm Thesis that another author might want to refute.
    • About half of my students are usually ready for this drastic rise in the sea level. The other half feel as if they’re suddenly drowning.
    • Right on cue, students who aren’t ready to fully commit to their research miss a class, maybe two classes. They ignore emails and texts from their professor, figuring that he’s too busy to pester them more than once.
    • Once the deadlines for the Short Arguments are past, they no longer feel like a weight around the neck. It’s easy to let those delinquencies slide for a few days. A week. After 48 hours, they’re already worth no more than 50/100 points, so “what’s the point?”
    • For some, this slide is irreversible.
    • For the in-betweeners, interaction with the professor is something to dread. Coming to class late, leaving early, or sneaking out to avoid confrontation, seems like a reasonable survival technique.
    • I get it.
    • I too put things off.
    • I do them when I absolutely have to.
    • I do them poorly sometimes because I haven’t left myself enough time.
    • But I’m an idiot.
    • You don’t have to be.
    • The people I have to report to are reasonable people who gladly work with me when I acknowledge my thoughtless procrastination, my dread at confronting the problem.
    • Don’t be like me.
    • Be an enlightened version of me.
    • Don’t miss classes. Don’t ignore my texts or emails. Don’t think you’re too late, or too far behind, or too confused to catch up, or too fill-in-the-blank.
    • IT’S THE HALFWAY POINT. (Well, to be honest, it’s past half way.)
    • You can turn this sucker around.
    • I will push you up that hill like nobody else who ever had your back.
    • But I won’t pull you up.
    • You have to take the first step.
    • If you haven’t posted your first Short Argument yet (Definition/Categorical), and if you’re not going to be ready to post your Causal Argument by the end of Spring Break, your Refutation Argument a week later, then post them immediately, as soon as you can. Post something that looks like a Definition Argument. Ask for very specific feedback. Get into the game. Pretend it’s essential to you. It might not feel like it right now, but I am your biggest supporter and fan. Until you let it slide.
    • Don’t. Let. It. Slide.
    • Very few of the 50% who start to fade at the middle of the term do well at the end of the course. Beat those odds. Right now.

In-Class Workshop

  1. Start a post titled “Causal—Username.”
  2. If you’re ready to start an actual Causal Argument, use this class time to begin the actual process.
  3. If you’re not ready to start writing for real, address your Professor in the first sentence, “I could use some help getting started, Professor.” Something like that.
  4. “Here’s what I have so far,” you might continue, “Since I’m researching the connection between actual crime and crime statistics, I think the cause-and-effect relationship is crucial to my thesis. We THINK that when more crime is committed, the CRIME RATE will reflect that in higher numbers. But actually, it’s the NUMBER OF CRIMES REPORTED AND LAWS ENFORCED that count in the statistics. So . . . “
  5. And before you know it, you’ll be writing your causal argument.
  6. Put the post into the Feedback Please category and the Causal Argument category, and publish it before the end of class.
  7. I’ll be around to help for anyone who wants live feedback or discussion.


10 Responses to 15 Class WED MAR 13

  1. davidbdale says:


  2. doorknob9 says:

    Housekeeping: Make sure you are keeping yourself in check and not letting assignments slip away. Make sure to get the done and stay up to date with new assignments. It’s past half way, so keep grinding and if you feel like things aren’t going your way do what you can to turn things around.

  3. nousernamefound1 says:

    Wake Up – What caused the explosion?
    The common explanation/ The immediate cause of the explosion was the failure of O rings to contain immense pressure of combustion within rocket.
    The question of causation is more harder then explanation, since no single cause can be isolated.

    Housekeeping- Deadline Reminder
    *Thesis Due
    *Become committed
    *Don’t Let it Slide
    *Few of 50 % start to fade at the middle of the term do well at the end of the course.
    *On going process

  4. daphneblake25 says:

    -the boeing plane crash expressed causal and categorical arguments
    -people are trying to draw conclusions for why both planes crashed shortly after take off
    -countries that removed the Boeing plane from their air flight inventory made the categorical argument that the Boeing ]planes were dangerous
    -challenger explosion was a causal argument which is the shrinkage of the o-rings caused the challenger to explode

  5. chavanillo says:

    “I could use some help getting started, Professor.”

  6. chavanillo says:

    Warm up:
    A airplane crash after take off. People blame the plain because another plain of the same number and company 737 crash years ago again. Plains are to complicated= causal argument and that is why it crash. Plain over rides the pilot choices n the the degree that issue. America don’t want to bowing down because he belongs to the American airline cooperate.

    What cause the explosion?:
    Was the failure of O-rings to contain the immense pressure of combustion within the rock.
    The O-rings failed
    The design required a warm ambient temperature at launch
    NASA ignored warnings that the weather was too cold
    The decision to send a civilian to space created pressure to launch
    NASA was emboldened by the program’s success to take an unprecedented risk

    Time travel changing:

    “When railroads first began to replace horse-drawn carts as the preferred mode of transportation for long journeys, the same cartwrights using the same patterns and tools as they used for carts, passed on the standard wheel spacing with which they were already familiar. By 1850, the 4 feet, 8-1/2 inch spacing had become known as the “standard guage” for railroad cars throughout the British Empire, including India, where the connection between Chariots and Railroads is obvious in the photo above.

    Early railroads in America naturally adopted the odd but increasingly accepted English “standard gauge” as well. As more track was laid in England and America, deviation from the standard was a costly and foolish error for any investor in a new train line.

    he solid rocket boosters that propelled many successful shuttle launches into space are enormous structures, as you can see by comparing them to the trucks following the shuttle conveyor to the launch pad.

    When NASA awarded the contract for the design and construction of those boosters to the Morton-Thiokol Corporation of Utah, the die was cast for catastrophe. The boosters could have been built as a solid single piece, but those segments would never have made it through the tunnels they would have to have traversed through the Rocky Mountains on their way to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    So, they were built in sections, shipped in pieces, assembled in Florida, and wrapped by the now-infamous rubber O-Rings that failed so catastrophically on the day of the Challenger disaster.

    Why did Christa McAuliffe die? Because of the width of a horse’s ass.”

    Remember to revise by short 1000 word papers.

    started causal argument

  7. yourfavoriteanon says:

    – The Boeing planes could be falsely categorized
    – The challenger blew up because of failed O-rings but it could be more complicated
    – The roman chariot was made to match the width of two horses which set a standard width throughout the world which could have caused the challenger’s failure

  8. wazoo1234 says:

    What caused the Challenger Explosion?
    Did the people fall to their death or from the explosion.
    The o Ring failed. Nasa negligence of the weather and continuing with the launch even they knew it was dangerous.
    4 ft 8 1/2 inch rule.
    They died because of an engineer who wouldn’t make the boosters bigger

  9. nina525 says:

    The plane that crashed on its way to Ethiopia has plane users and all of Europe questioning the planes safety
    The causal argument is whether or not the plane crash occurred due to the complication of operating the plane
    Space shuttle explosion, no final statement was out out by NASA
    The causal question what be did the weather, heat, function of the shuttle cause the explosion
    O ring failure could be the result of the causation because gas was able to ne released due to the cold temperature
    NASA and people understood that the weather was too cold and the laugh date was already delayed once and the pressure of a civilians life being on the line further pressured the launch go start as dated
    Causal chains
    The Roman Empire Chariots: set to hold as much as possible and build to be wide
    Housekeeping: middle of semester heads up
    Complete all assignments before the spring break ends
    Definition essay due March 25th
    Halfway point in the semester, don’t waver down, catch up
    Complete Definition and Categorical Short arguments in time before the Rebuttle essay is due

  10. rowanstudent2 says:

    Wake Up
    Why the Challenger Exploded
    – rocket launch failure on live TV
    – they launched when it was really cold
    – the O rings failed to contain the pressure of combustion in the rocket
    – since horses have a certain width, chariots were built according to that width
    – the same width was used to base off of when creating railroads
    – so tunnels were also built according to this width and built so that two trains can pass
    – when transporting the rockets from Utah to Florida, they were a limited size since they were so big and so they were required to travel by train

    – stay on time with all assignments

    In-Class Workshop
    – start causal argument

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