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Lecture 9

ENG1100 Lecture 9: November 5, 2015 Lecture Notes


Department
English
Course Code
ENG 1100
Professor
Hazel Atkins
Lecture
9

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ENG1101 – Workshop in Essay Writing
November 5, 2015
Research Paper:
Minimum of three scholarly secondary sources
Do not write on any of these five topics: Euthanasian, same sex marriage, capital
punishment, abortion, legalization of marijuana
Research: What, Why and When?
Start with a topic that is personal to you
Outline:
Attempt your intro paragraph
Flesh out the details of your points and examples
Talk about your sources and how you will use them
DO NOT CHANGE TOPIC AFTER YOU’VE HANDED IN OUTLINE
Min. 4 pages – but as long as it needs to be
The Context of an Argument
It is necessary to understand the context of your argument
What discipline does this fall into?
What disciplinary approach will you take to your argument?
How are you going to USE the sources?
Collaborative
Illumination – shedding light on the topic
Disagreement/agreement
Arguing by Disagreement
Easy to do! Gets the ideas flowing!
Some potential hazards
- Ad hominum argument – attacking the person and not the argument
- Problems with tone
- Get so caught up in your combative response that you forget you original argument
Arguing by Agreement
- Valuable because the sources are used as collaboration – they ‘back you up’
- Highlight the validity of your argument by using facts, statistics, research insights
provided by your sources
- HOWEVER, it is difficult to be constantly agreeing and still have your own original
stance
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