February 12, 2010 Archives
If you have not submitted Unit 1 Proposal to Turnitin.com, do so ASAP (for class participation credit).
In class: Review 2 or 3 peer drafts
Fill out and submit to me (by the end of the period) 2 "Essay 1 Draft Peer Review" sheets. (Share your feedback with your classmate first.)
I will distribute copies of the rubric I will use when I evaluate your REVISION, which is due Feb 22.
Last 10 minutes: Unit 2 Voting. (What book section will we choose for Unit 2?)
Feb 15 No Class.
Feb 15 Online Peer Review due (complete it in Turnitin.com)
Feb 15/16: Meet with me for conferences, during which I will give you feedback on your draft.
Feb 17: Unit 2 Pre-reading Assignment (we will use this when we vote on what essays to pick for Unit 2)
Feb 22: Revision of Essay 1 Due (submit to Turnitin.com)
How can you zero in on a small slice of your topic, and really look at the reasons why there is a conflict? People don't conflict because they are evil, they conflict with each other because one person has access to certain facts and interprets them according to certain values, and comes to a certain conclusion that seems rational. Another person, with access to a slightly different set of facts, and a slightly (or greatly) different set of methods for interpreting those facts comes to a different conclusion.
- Do we listen to what activist supermodels say about the environment, or do we listen to what objective scientists say?
- What if the supermodel is paid millions of dollars to endorse incandescent light bulbs or gas-hungry SUVs? And what if the scientist is paid millions of dollars by an environmental special-interest group?
- Do we listen to what life-long dairy farmers say about cows, or do we listen to what life-long vegans say about cows?
There are good reasons for answering those questions in different ways, and the process of creating and supporting an intellectual argument includes seeking out for yourself the best reasons why a person might disagree with you, and explaining your own opinions in terms that don't make it sound like only an idiot would disagree with you.
Of the themes we have not yet studied, choose two (represented by different units in the book) that you want the class to explore during Unit 2. Write a brief paragraph (100 words) that gives your best argument for each choice, and also explain why your top choice beats out your second choice. Upload to Turnitin.com.