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Rhetoric Workshop

Workshop Example DAY MON DATE As you read the following paragraph, ask the important questions about Rhetoric. Does the paragraph use precise language to emphasize its ideas? Does it make clear claims? Does the paragraph ask readers to accept a … Continue reading

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On Being Specific: Beware of IT and THIS

A student last semester wrote this Purposeful Summary. His name was Wazoo. As you read Wazoo’s comment, see if you can answer this essential question: What’s He Talking About? It seems counterintuitive that we buy iphones and use them knowing … Continue reading

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Portfolio Verification Day

WED MAY 01 We’ll be double-checking your Portfolio for completeness and compliance on the last day of class, WED MAY 01. Consider it your Final Exam, essential to passing the course. Once we’ve verified your Portfolio complete, I’ll confirm your … Continue reading

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Why the Challenger Exploded

Why Challenger Exploded In January, 1986, the solid booster rockets that were to launch NASA’s space shuttle Challenger into orbit suffered a catastrophic failure 73 seconds into the launch. All seven crew were killed in the disaster, most likely from … Continue reading

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Draft Causal Argument—Username

9/11 Made America More Racist It seems that racism has been around since before the dawn of time itself. It has thrived in the best and worst of times and in every corner of the earth, doing particularly well in … Continue reading

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Counterintuitivity

Counterintuitive Thinking In case I forget to ask you later, somewhere in your Notes today, please tell me what specific example in the lecture provided you with the clearest understanding of what I mean by counterintuitive, and why. Before we begin … Continue reading

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