Prepare: As you prepare to write your first discussion this week, take a few moments to do the following:
- Read An Introduction to Argument.
- Read the sample essay, Flag Burning (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
Review the grading rubric for this discussion.
Reflect: Before drafting your initial post, take time to reflect on the idea of argument in an academic setting. Think about your own natural communication style and your typical behavior in an argument. Are you typically calm and logical when making an argument? Do you tend to appeal to emotion? Do you often get frustrated when trying to prove your point? Think critically about your personal communication style and its effectiveness in an academic setting.
Write (due Thursday, Day 3): In 200 to 300 words, describe argument in your own words. Include the roles of the four basic elements of an argument in your description. Give an example of an argument you have experienced and identify the claims, evidence, counterargument, and rebuttal used.
- If you cannot think of an example from your own life, you may analyze the persuasive student paper, Flag (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Burning, (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. from the Ashford Writing Center instead. You must identify claims, evidence, counterarguments, and rebuttals present in the student paper.
Be sure to include any questions or confusion you have regarding rhetoric, argument, and the Classic/Rogerian styles.
Please review the Week One Discussion 1 Initial Post Template before writing your response.