U3: Causal or Proposal

For unit 3, instructors choose between Option A: Causal Arguments or Option B: Proposals.

Option A: This unit extends students understanding of argument by learning how causal arguments are characterized and developed as well as how they are used to move people to take action. In addition to examining causal argument for its claims, reasons, and warrants, students also consider what counts as evidence in an argument and whether a particular strategy of argument is ethical, fair, or accurate. In this unit, students write a causal argument, using evidence to support their claims.

Assigned reading:

  • Chapter 11: Causal Arguments
  • Chapter 17: Finding Evidence
  • Chapter 18: Evaluating Sources
  • Chapter 19: Using Sources
  • Handbook: Sentence Style

Major Assignment: Write a letter to the editor of the Torch that makes a causal argument that responds to current issue (600–900 words).

Option B.  This unit extends students understanding of argument by analyzing how proposals are characterized and developed as well as how they are used to define and respond to needs and problems in a community. In addition to examining causal argument for its claims, reasons, and warrants, students also consider what counts as evidence in an argument and whether a particular strategy of argument is ethical, fair, or accurate. In this unit, students write a proposal argument, using evidence to support their claim about a proposed change.

Assigned reading:

  • Chapter 11: Proposals
  • Chapter 17: Finding Evidence
  • Chapter 18: Evaluating Sources
  • Chapter 19: Using Sources
  • Handbook: Sentence Style

Major Assignment: Write a letter to the editor of the Torch that responds to an issue on campus and proposes a solution (600–900 words).

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