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Audience and Argument

posted: 3.7.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the materials in the handbook on voice, tone, and argument. Have them summarize the argument of their current draft or the current reading and then reword that argument to be sent as a text message on a cell phone, as an instant message online, as a blog posting online, and as a note to their parents. How does medium change message?

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Categories: Argument, Assignment Idea, Document Design, Drafting, Grammar & Style, Rhetorical Situation, Teaching with Technology, Thesis Statement
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Argument Haiku

posted: 11.6.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the sections of the handbook on developing and revising a thesis and on wordiness or conciseness. Then have each student express her or his thesis as a haiku (5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables). For example:

Balinese cockfight
And American football.
Texts of culture both.

This is not an easy exercise, but it’s a great way to have students focus on the core of what they want their papers to say, in its most condensed form.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Grammar & Style, Revising, Thesis Statement
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