Category Archives: David Hodges

A17: Reflective Statement

The Reflective Statement The Reflective Statement provides you the opportunity to describe and assess your work in the course. The Reflective Statement serves as a guide to your portfolio in that it gives you and your instructor a clear, specific … Continue reading

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Annotated Bibliography

One purpose of the Annotated Bibliography (also known as 15 Sources Annotated)is to apply a bit of pressure to collect and present your best resources before the inevitable end-of-semester crunch. The other is to encourage you to look over what … Continue reading

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A14: Causal Essay

Your third and final short paper is due THU APR 12. It will make an argument essential to your Research Paper, which is due THU APR 19. This of course sounds like a ridiculous amount of work over the next … Continue reading

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A13: Critical Reading

Assignment A13 Today, following the Model for Critical Reading, I’ll ask you to closely examine the claims made, inferences made, and conclusions drawn by the author of one of the Organ Donation sources. Time stamps would be welcome if you’re … Continue reading

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A Model for Critical Reading

Kidney Season on Death Row Today, I’ll ask you to carefully examine a written argument for claims that can be disputed for accuracy, sufficiency, and relevance; for inferences that are unfair, unreasonable, illogical, or irrelevant; and for judgments that not … Continue reading

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Just to Be Clear

Assignment Schedule I don’t know where the idea came from that your 15 Sources are due this week, or that you will be required to rewrite your Rebuttal argument, but here’s the assignment schedule again, taken from the Course Outline. … Continue reading

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Facts, Inferences, Judgments

Coins with Two Heads Claims are debatable assertions. They are the heart of argument. Your thesis statement is always a claim of one kind or another. Without claims, there are no essays worthy of calling essays. You write a clear … Continue reading

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A12: Rebuttal Essay

My Worthy Opponent is Wrong Your second short paper is due TUE APR 03. It will make an argument essential to your Research Position Paper, due April 19. You’ll write three short papers in total this semester, each proving something … Continue reading

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Rebuttal Practice

A Price Too High Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk? Bob Herbert asks the question in the Opinion pages of the New York Times. It’s pretty clear from the evidence he cites that he thinks the answer is No, it’s … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacies: The Lecture/Demo

Brett Lang is writing about the dangers of dietary supplements, which, because they’re not considered drugs, aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and can be sold without being proven safe. To make his case that such products are … Continue reading

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