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Decoding the Core Humanities Prompt

By Erin Beatie Before you can start any essay, you have to understand what the prompt or assignment is asking you to do. This can be particularly tricky for Core Humanities 201, 202, and 203 as they often involve more … Continue reading

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Prewriting for Literary Analyses

By: Edwin Tran Imagine that moment where your professor asks you a simple, dreaded question: “What is the theme, or message, of this piece?” Required to provide evidence to substantiate your point, suddenly your weekend dream of ease and laziness transforms … Continue reading

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Redefining Arguments in Writing

By: Stewart Matzek Each time I ask students what they think the word “argument” means, I receive the same sorts of definitions: “It’s a debate!” “It’s a heated conflict between people!” “It’s when you have a disagreement!” These definitions aren’t … Continue reading

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Playing Devil’s Advocate: How to Strengthen an Argument

You know how to make an argument, right? You say some persuasive things, you make some good points, and the audience nods and puts a finger to their chin. Hmm, that’s interesting, they say. Good point, jolly good, they say. … Continue reading

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“I think this maybe could possibly somehow be my point”: The Effect of Floppy Language

By Stewart Matzek What’s an argumentative essay? Sure, it’s a sort of compact portfolio of your ideas, your presentation of some argument on a random topic that, most likely, you don’t feel a particularly strong connection to. However, the fact that … Continue reading

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The Phonetics of Rhetoric

By Janet Lee When writing argumentative essays, cover letters, or dissertations, our primary concern resides with the soundness (logos) of our argument: how do we best organize our evidence? Is it focused? Are our sources reliable? Our ability to present … Continue reading

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