Category Archives: Required Reading

Absolutely Essential Grammar

We probably shouldn’t have to study grammar in College Composition II, but the fact is not everybody who gets this far into college is comfortable with grammar basics. We’ll review grammar basics in class only if necessary, but I will … Continue reading

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The Opposite of a Black Sneaker

In Favor of Outrageous Thinking The goal of all our arguments is not to join a black-or-white debate, but to create a color, or a set of fancy footwear, not the comfortable shoes that “go with everything,” but a pair … Continue reading

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Starfish—Rowan Success Network

White Papers You guys (many of you) rock! I’m very happy with the quality of the White Papers I’m seeing this afternoon. Many of you are demonstrating significant engagement with your topics and theses. The work you’ve done so far, … Continue reading

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Specific Claims in Proposals

Today we’ll take a brief look at some early drafts of  Research Proposals and compare them to one that makes clear and specific claims. A good proposal does more than state what a source is about. The content of the … Continue reading

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The Censorship Anthem

Internet Censorship in China: We’ll Sing it for You One Chinese government agency is so proud of how well they censor the Internet that they put their feelings to music. by Sisi Wei and Yue Qiu ProPublica, Feb. 12, 2015, … Continue reading

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E04: Critical Reading, PTSD

Critical Reading: “Is PTSD Contagious?” This week, following the model of critical reading I provided in “Kidney Season on Death Row,” I’ll ask you to closely examine the claims made, inferences made, and conclusions drawn by the author of the … Continue reading

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Model of Critical Reading: Organ Harvest

A Model of Critical Reading: Organ Harvest on Death Row The “GOOD” Video Today, I’ll ask you to carefully examine a written argument for claims that can be disputed for accuracy, sufficiency, and relevance; for inferences that are unfair, unreasonable, … Continue reading

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