Please read “Avoiding Misconceptions: Immigrants Are Beneficial to Society” on page 254 in your reader. This is an example of a well-focused research paper written by a freshman student at Baruch last year.
On a separate piece of paper or in an email, please create a very brief outline of this essay using the following guidelines:
- State the paper’s claim.
- State the focus of each body paragraph.
- List the counterclaims.
- State the student’s concluding point.
Below is a link to a chapter from Nathan Hill’s novel The Nix. This chapter introduces different types of logical fallacies in a creative and humorous way.
After reading the excerpt, please complete the following:
- Choose two of the fallacies Hill uses in the chapter, and define each of them in your own words.
- Point to the moment in the text that exemplifies the fallacy being represented.
- Find an example of each fallacy you’ve chosen from contemporary news / media / advertisements, and paste the link inside the comments section. We will be reviewing and discussing several in class.
Just a reminder that the first draft of your research papers is due this Monday, 11/25, in hard copy.
In addition, please bring in sections of your paper for some peer review.
Feel free to email me with any questions.
Have a great weekend, and see you Monday!
Just a reminder that class on Wednesday, 11/20 will be held in the computer lab, room 6-160.
Read James Baldwin’s “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?” on page 88 of your reader, and answer the following questions in the comments section below.
*Please make sure to bring this reading to class, as we will work with it extensively.
- What is Baldwin’s thesis about the role of language?
- When was this piece written? (Hint: there is an index on the last page of the book). Do you feel that it is still relevant today? Why?
Here is a link to an electronic copy of your research project outline. You can use this to replicate the body paragraph template as-needed.
In preparation for starting your research paper outlines, please read:
- Pages 212-213 in your reader
- “Organizing an Argument” pages 214-223
While I am not asking you to write a response, these readings will be EXTREMELY helpful as you dive into your own research paper outline on Monday!
Please complete your “They Say / I Say” assignment for HW this weekend for ONE especially relevant source that will be foundational for your paper.
To sum up what we went over in class, you will be providing a brief summary of each section of your chosen article (They Say), and providing commentary in relation to how it will work in your paper (I Say).
*Remember to include the title and author.
Part One: Choose ONE source that you want to work with this week for source work analysis, and bring a copy to class on Wednesday, 11/6 (either hard copy or electronic). I strongly recommend choosing an article that you feel you will use heavily in your paper, but NOT a peer-reviewed source for Wednesday’s project, as a long, dense scholarly article will make the project more time-consuming for you.
Part Two: Complete the following source check for criteria for TWO sources, to be submitted in hard copy or via email by the beginning of class on Wednesday, 11/6.
Source Check Criteria (refer to pages 173 – 176 in your reader for further explanation)
- Relevance: How will this particular source be useful for your paper?
- Credentials and Stance of the Author: Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials? What is their stance on the topic?
- Credentials and Stance of the Publisher/Website: Name the publisher/website. What is their reputation? What is their overall stance on the issues they publish? (Remember the “whois + URL” trick.)
- Currency: When was this piece published?
- Level of Specialization / Audience: Is this general, or more specialized information? Who is the intended audience for this piece of writing? Academics? General public?