"Yeah, so? " or "Oh, really? "
"Hi, sweetie! My name is Zoë. I'm so excited to play with you today. I love to play with blocks and to color. What do you like to do?"
"Good morning, Dr. Davis. I'm Zoë Ellison, and it's a privilege to meet you today. I've been interested in working with you for a long time, and I know my goals and expertise align well with yours."
Selecting an Argumentative
Does my topic interest me, AND will my topic interest my academic audience? Is it relevant and engaging?
Is my topic debatable (includes a reasonable opposition) and plausible (can be supported via quality, academic research)?
Have I focused and framed my argument in a way that's manageable for this assignment (3-5 page argument)?
Describe the academic audience.
1. Who are they?
2. What do they need to feel engaged?
3. What do they need to feel convinced?
4. How is writing to the academic audience different from a Facebook or Instagram audience?
How does thinking about the
academic audience impact my topic selection?
Which response does your topic elicit?
"Yeah, so?!" or "Oh, really?!"
Texting and driving is dangerous .
Foods with heavy sugar content should be taxed more.
Marijuana needs to be legalized .
Shifting from a "Yeah, so?!" to an "Oh, really?!"
Revised Option A
A massive sixth exctinction is happening on Earth due to human activity.
Revised Option B
Regardless of arguments against the ethics of zoos, they are necessary to help save some animal species from extinction.
Revised Option C
In order to slow down animal extinction rates, humans must modify their behavior on Earth.
"Yeah, so?!": Many animal species are going extinct at rapid rates.
Shift one of these "Yeah, so?!" topics
into an "Oh, really?!" argument:
Illegal immigration is a major problem.
The cost of college continues to rise.
Complete the Brainstorming Assignment on Blackboard via the Discussion Board. This assignment asks you to brainstorm potential topics and discuss why they could engage an academic audience.
In our next class, we'll discuss how focus and frame your argument to fit the purpose of your paper (and its 3-5 page length requirement!).