Take two minutes to write something you can share with us about Hidden Intellectualism.
Graff “Hidden Intellectualism” (264)
In the article “Hidden Intellectualism,” Gerald Graff argues that schools should encourage students to write about subjects that interests them. While passion about a subject does not necessarily mean they will write well about it, they can benefit from reflective and analytical writing about subjects they care about.
Nonacademic subjects can be “more intellectual than school” (267).
What does he mean by intellectual here? Look at paragraph 10 on page 267.
Real intellectuals turn any subject, however lightweight it may seem, into grist for their mill through thoughtful questions they bring to it, whereas a dullard will find a way to drain the interest out of the richest subject (265).
Do you agree with this statement? Why?
- Who is his audience?
- What is his purpose?
Give me the student anytime who writes a sharply argued, sociologically acute analysis of an issue in Source over the student who writes a lifeless explication of Hamlet or Socrates’ Apology (270).
Titles as Metacommentary
Chapter 10 (“But Don’t Get Me Wrong”: The Art of Metacommentary)
Metacommentary is “a way of commenting on your claims and telling others how – and how not – to think about them” (129). Metacommentary is telling the audience how to interpret what has been said. They aid the reader by helping them understand why you are saying what you are saying. They prevent readers from getting confused and lead to a more developed paper.
How can we use titles to tell the readers about your paper?
Let’s look at some examples.
Ethos is about values. In rhetoric we connect ethos to character, credibility, and trustworthiness. At their core, these concepts have to do with values. We tend to believe and trust those individuals who exemplify the values we cherish, who live the sort of life that we would want to live. Ethos Handout from University of Maryland
Ethos is inferred, NOT possessed. Five strategies for persuading through character.
- Personal info
- Identification with Audience
- Point of View
- Balanced Presentation
5 Ways to Persuade with Character (Ethos) | How to Craft an Argument
Using Rhetoric Notes
- So What?
- Include the Conversation
Audience is quite possibly the most important thing to consider when writing an argument. You need to appeal to them, understand their problems, values, and beliefs, in order to convince them of your point of view.
- Who your audience is should influence how you present your argument.
- Who your audience is should influence how you present yourself.
- Who is your audience?
- Determine what is important to your audience. What do they really care about? What do they value?
- Are your reasons in line with those values?
Arguing a Solution
- Position. Take a clear position on an arguable topic.
- Reasons. Develop main reasons, keeping audience in mind.
- Evidence. Support all reasons with strong research.
- Opposition. Acknowledge the opposing argument and take it out.