West Chester University

Fall 2002

West Chester University

Spring 2002

Fall 2001





Course Information
  WRT 120 Syllabus
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Effective Writing I
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
  Writing Descriptively
  What Makes a Good Story?
  Building a Thesis
  Notes on 'Purpose'
  Strategies for Writing Introductions
  Strategies for Writing Conclusions
  Assignment #5: Argument
  Understanding Rational Argument

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Fundamental Questions About Literature
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Critical Thinking and Reading Literature
  Notes on Four Short Stories
  The Genesis of the Short Story
  Defining the Short Story
  The Art of the Short Story
  A Vocabulary for Fiction and Beyond
  Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Responding to 'The Birthmark'
  A Guided Reading of 'Bartleby the Scrivener'
  Bartleby--Questions for Analysis
  A Cultural Context for 'Bartleby the Scrivener'
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Study Guide for Fiction Exam
  Billy Collins - 'Introduction to Poetry'
  A Catalogue of Poems for Study
  Approaching a Definition of Poetry?
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry: Imagery
  Readings from 'The United States of Poetry'
  The Craft of Poetry: Sound
  The Craft of Poetry: Structure
  Lines of Continuity
  Study Guide for Poetry Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  On Tragic Character
  Stepping Through 'Oedipus the King'
  Analyzing 'Oedipus the King'
  The Relevance 'Oedipus'Today
  Study Guide for the Drama Exam

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  WRT 120 Assignments
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  Lit 165 Assignments


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~~ ASSIGNMENT #5: Argumentation ~~

Due: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002


The objective for this assignment is to practice argumentation as a rhetorical strategy suitable for a persuasive purpose. Your writing task is to produce a short argument (approximately 5-10 paragraphs) in which you take a position on an arguable issue, offer logical reasoning and evidence in support of that position, and effectively negotiating differences with those who disagree with you. You are free to choose any topic which is "arguable"-any topic, that is, on which there is reasonable disagreement which might be resolved by an appeal to rational argument (see The Call to Write, p. 65). You are encouraged to choose an issue that you personally feel is significant and worth arguing for.

Learning Outcomes

When you finish this assignment, you should be able to:

  • distinguish between arguable and non-arguable issues;
  • call on a reliable method for exploring and understanding more than one side of an arguable issue;
  • critically evaluate the arguments of others;
  • establish your own position on an arguable issue;
  • write an argumentative essay.

Special Requirements

  • Read pp. 63-100 in The Call to Write.
  • Attend a library workshop (FHG 309) on Thursday, November 14, 2002.
  • Attach a minimum of two sources (photocopies) to your final paper which demonstrate your research on at least two sides of an arguable issue.






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