GROUP PROJECTS ENGLISH 28
*Students work in their Research Paper Groups
*Post a photo on English 28 Facebook account (captions under photos are acceptable) that speaks to the argument of the Research Paper Group or individual Research Paper (examples covered during class discussions)
*Photos should reflect the argument students are asserting within their Research Paper
Students will present their posted photos in class and make a short presentation. The purpose of this project is to use technology as a medium to persuade others to accept a convincing point of view that departs from their own; to encourage students to be creative and original with ways of approaching their research papers; to enhance visual aids with the classroom; by encouraging to demonstrate a passion for a subject matter and to follow their natural curiosity.
Hints to a successful argument
Argument by analogy
When two things are known to be similar in important ways, one can argue by analogy that they are also similar in other ways. For example, if the transmission in Joe’s 1995 Ford Mustang needed to be repaired after 90,000 miles, and Suzie Q has a 1995 Ford Mustang with 85,000 miles on it; one can argue that Suzie Q’s car is likely to need transmission work soon.
It is often useful to assume for the sake of argument that a certain statement is true, and then test it to see if it really is true. Argument by hypothesis is especially common in science reports, because one can use experimental research to test a hypothesis. For example, one could pose a hypothesis that ants are attracted to the scent of honey, and then devise a simple experiment to prove your hypothesis.
Aristotle's special topics
The Classical philosopher Aristotle recognized that emphasizing the good and unique aspects of a topic often has a powerful persuasive effect. Readers tend to respond favorably when an argument heightens their awareness of beauty, or appeals to their sense of fairness, or otherwise calls attention to the intrinsic good in something. Arguments based on special topics are especially useful when discussing matters of public policy. For example, say a local group in a town wants to tear down the neighborhood playground to build a parking lot. One could argue that the greenery surrounding the playground makes the neighborhood beautiful. One could also argue that it is not fair to the children in the neighborhood to take their local park away from them.
Order Your Arguments for Maximum Effect
Always try to substantiate the main points with at least three good arguments. Once students have thought of three solid arguments, evaluate them before beginning writing. Decide which ones are
* The most convincing
*Once the weakest argument has been identified
*Put it in the middle, in between your stronger arguments.
Psychological research has shown that people tend to pay the most attention to whatever comes first and to whatever comes last. Psychologists call this phenomenon the law of primacy and recency. Take advantage of the primacy and recency phenomenon. Make the best argument first, and the weakest argument second, and your second-best argument last. This strategy is very persuasive if one’s arguments appear in this way.