Published on January 20, 2018
1. EWRT 1A Class 4
2. AGENDA Quiz Discussion HPPOA Discuss Marginalization essay #1 and #2 Review Prompt #1 Read Sample Essay #1 Review Basic features of an Argument essay Review: Intro and Thesis The Argument Reasons and support Counterarguments refutation/accommodation
3. Quiz! (Chs 1-8) 1. What does Harry do to Aunt Marge? 2. What is the name of the escaped murderer that everyone is worried about? 3. What is Azkaban? What kinds of creatures guard it? 4. Which student’s death does Professor Trelawney predict? 5. What is the name of Hagrid’s hippogriff? Which student does the hippogriff attack?
4. Discussion and Freewrite: The Boggarts in the Classroom. Basic info: What is a boggart? What form do boggarts take? What spell is used against a boggart? What does it do? (Think about Neville’s encounter with the boggart.) Discussion: imagine that you are facing a boggart. What form would the boggart take for you? Explain why. What transformation of the boggart would make you laugh? Describe it in some detail. Think about your answers (jot them down), then share with your House.
5. In Your Houses: Discuss Marginalization essay #1 “The Pain of Social Rejection” Kirsten Weir 1. What is the main argument in this paper? 2. What kind of examples does the author provide? Do they support her argument? 3. What are the causes of “Social Rejection” 4. What are the consequences of it? 5. What kind of sources does the author use? 6. How can we use this article as evidence to support our own discussion of marginalization?
6. Essay #1: The Writing Assignment In this essay, you will argue a position. Please consult chapter 6 in the St. Martin’s Guide for a detailed discussion of the requirements for this type of essay. The essay topic: identify a character in The Chamber Of Secrets who is marginalized in some way. In your essay, do the following: 1. Explain how the character is marginalized and provide examples of the marginalization using quotes from the book and/or from the film. 2. Then discuss ways in which the character responds to the marginalization that you see as productive or unproductive and why. 3. Finally, extend your insights to contemporary society; how does this character’s marginalization compare to others you see who are also marginalized? At some point in your essay, you must include a counterargument and respond to it effectively.
7. Review Basic features of an Argument essay 1. A Focused Presentation of the Issue 2. A Clear Position New Writing Today! 3. Plausible Reasons and Convincing Support 4. Anticipating Opposing Positions and Objections What you should have written already
8. In Your Houses, take a look at Sample Essay #1 1. A Focused Presentation of the Issue: Read the introduction. a) Does it focus and present the issue? 2. A Clear Position: Identify the thesis. Underline it. a. Is the writer’s position clear? b. Is it arguable? 3. Plausible Reasons and Convincing Support: Find the topic sentences for the argument. a. Underline them. Are they clear? b. Do they connect to the thesis? Circle the connecting words or ideas in the topic sentence and the thesis. c. Has the writer offered evidence from the text? Underline the evidence. Does the evidence support the topic sentence? How? d. From an outside source? How does the outside information help the writer explain his position to the audience?
9. A Well-Supported Position: Reasons and Support In arguing for a position, writers may provide various kinds of supporting evidence, including facts, statistics, examples, anecdotes, and quotes from authorities. Examples and anecdotes illustrate what may be true in certain situations; effective writers do not usually offer them as hard-and-fast evidence of the universal truth of their positions. Using them can, however, make an argument less abstract and enable readers to identify with those affected by the issue. Evidence from a film or novel provides the basis for your analysis in this essay. You may still need other evidence to back up your insights and assertions. Facts are statements that can be proven to be true. However, a statement that is not true or only partially true may be asserted as fact. Therefore, readers may need to be reassured that an asserted fact is reliable and comes from a trustworthy source. Statistics are sometimes mistaken for facts, but they are only interpretations or correlations of numerical data. Their reliability depends on how and by whom the information was collected and interpreted. Quotes from authorities can carry weight if readers see them as knowledgeable and trustworthy.
10. Developing your Argument: in-class writing Explain how the character is marginalized and provide examples of the marginalization using quotes from the book and/or from the film. You will need reasons for each of the ways you see your character as marginalized. Note: Examples support reasons; they are not the same! List Possible Reasons for your character’s marginalization Once your thesis is clear, take a moment to list the reasons for your position. (Example: in the sample essay, the writer says Myrtle is shamed, isolated, and rejected). Try to come up with as many reasons as you can. Later, you may add reasons or modify the ones you have listed. Make a Note of Evidence. Consider evidence from the novel or movie. Which evidence supports your reasons? (in the sample essay, to show how she is shamed, the writer points out that Calling her “‘Moaning Myrtle’ rather than just “Myrtle” turns her character name into a part of a homonym that simultaneously ridicules and marginalizes her.” Your Tentative Position. Look at your thesis, that is, your current position on the issue. You should have written it as homework for today. As you develop your argument and counterargument, you may refine this claim and decide how to formulate it effectively for your readers. For now, say as directly as you can what you see as the marginalization of a certain character.
11. Tips For Working At Home: 1. Don’t neglect to consider these two aspects of the prompt: Discuss ways in which the character responds to the marginalization that you see as productive or unproductive and why. Extend your insights to contemporary society; how does this character’s marginalization compare to others you see who are also marginalized? Suggestion: Take a moment to consider the two articles we discussed earlier. Does any of that information seem particularly relevant to your argument? Does a point in one of the essays serve to support an outcome or behavior of your marginalized character? 2. Collect Evidence. Make notes of the evidence — such as authorities, facts, anecdotes, and statistics — you might be able to use to support your reasons. You may already have some evidence you could use. If you need to do research, make notes of sources you could consult 3. Choose the Most Plausible Reasons. Write several sentences explaining why you think each reason would be likely to convince your particular readers to take your argument seriously. Then identify your most plausible reasons. If you decide that none of your reasons seems very plausible, you might need to reconsider your position, do some more research, or choose another issue.
12. Counterarguments: Acknowledge/Refute/Accommodate Writers of position essays try to anticipate other widely held positions on the issue as well as objections and questions readers might raise to their argument. Writers have three options in anticipating readers’ alternative positions and objections: