Nov.5 , 2013
HFW- Chapters 3&4
DF Wallace’s “2005 Kenyon College Commencement Address” – Youtube video on Moodle
**Bring Fahnestock, Myers Articles
**Bring Giltrow Ch.7 “Definition”
Critical Writing: An Introduction to Analysis and Persuasion in Academic Contexts
Style is meaningful is important in everything that has been discussed in this course so far.
How you say things is key when you are saying what you want to say.
See how grammar, analysis, persuasion contributes to style
Slide 4 is the condensation of everything you should get away from today’s class.
Data is the thing you are studying. Whatever your data is it needs to be interpreted and
**Cognitive (you) – social (others)
- What can others say about your topic?
- What can you say about your topic?
Analysis is a cognitive activity- something you do on your own; your own personal thinking
- Cognitive activity that generates content about your topic
- Requires appropriate analytical rhetorical forms
Persuasion is a social activity- figure out value of analysis and send it out to others so they can
benefit from the thinking you have done. Purpose of communicating your thinking to others. Way
to use language that will enable you to identify/connect with an audience and to convince it of
the validity of your analysis
Analysis and persuasion are typically interdependent. They are almost impossible to separate
because analysis is an argument. We are simply separating them to understand what they
Why is your topic significant? What does it mean? – Questions to ask yourself to understand if
your analysis is an argument
Will want to understand how analysis and persuasion combine to enable and shape the
knowledge-making and knowledge-disseminating activities of the modern research university Analysis involves breaking something into parts in order to understand the whole
Persuasion involves making rhetorical choices about form and content in order to get
others to agree with you or to act in a certain way.
Any good persuasion has a claim and evidence. Evidence is your data you use to support your
Claim is what you have to persuade the audience to understand as true. Using evidence to