What questions do you have about the journals?
The chapter we read for today is particularly important for your weekly reading journals.
You need to summarize what someone else said, then respond to it. In order to do that, you have to signal what someone else has said and when you are adding to or responding to that.
Why Rural America Voted for Trump
Robert Leonard, “Why Rural America Voted for Trump” [p. 279]
Democrats think people are fundamentally good.
Republicans think people are fundamentally bad.
Do you think people are good?
Jonathan Haidt: Can a Divided America Heal?
20 Minutes. Jon Haidt is a Social Psychologist. Write down anything you think is important or that stands out to you. Write down any words you don’t know so we can make a list for everyone.
“Me against my brother; me and my brother against our cousin; me and my brother and cousins against the stranger.”
Chp 5, “And Yet”
Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say
Chapter 5 (p. 68) introduces you to the term voice markers in order to help you distinguish the “I say” from the “They say.” This is a very important move since we are now including the “They say” in your writing. If you do not do this clearly, the reader will be confused as to your position and you may seem to contradict yourself.
The templates help you with specific ways of signaling who is saying what, and to embed the voice markers. Being able to distinguish your own view from the common view is a “sophisticated rhetorical move.”
Using “I” or “We”
The chapter also covers using the first person in academic writing, “I” or “we.” You have likely been told to not or never use the I in college writing. The book argues that well-supported arguments are grounded in persuasive reasons and evidence, not in the use of or nonuse of pronouns.
Take the topic you are thinking about researching for your report and write it at the top of a page. For the next five minutes I want you two write down everything you know about it. Do not edit as you write. Just keep writing and see where it takes you.
Just keep writing. If you thought runs out, skip a line and start a new thought. Keep writing. Figure out what you know and what you need to research.