Discussion: What are traits of good writers?

Discussion: What are traits of good writers?

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This week, you will submit a formal outline for your argumentative research paper, which is due next week. To help you think about outlines, you will read one of two readings, answer a critical question about it, and then apply the author’s ideas to how you will plan your paper. Finally, you will review three sample outlines and decide which to use for your paper. 

Before you begin this discussion, review the feedback you have received so far on your Week 1 and Week 2 discussions and assignments.

First, for this discussion, choose one of the following two readings and answer the associated question (100+ words). Be sure to quote and cite from the reading in your response:

  • Option 1 – Tannen, D. (2014). Sex, lies and conversation: Why is it so hard for men and women to talk to each other? In G.H. Muller (Ed.), The McGraw-Hill reader: Issues across the disciplines pp. 117-122. McGraw-Hill.
    • p. 122, “Writing,” Question 3: Writing an Argument: Tannen states, “Once the problem is understood, improvement comes naturally.” Argue for or against this position. 
  • Option 2 – Gekernter, D. (2014). Unplugged: The myth of computers in the classroom. In G.H. Muller (Ed.), The McGraw-Hill reader: Issues across the disciplines pp. 212-215. McGraw-Hill.
    • p. 214, “Rhetoric,” Question 3; The essay has a three-part structure, each section divided by space. How would you characterize the purpose of each section? How does the author use transitions to move from one section to the next?

Second, consider how the author organized the essay. For instance, look at aspects such as counterarguments, paragraph transitioning, and integrating research. What can you apply, especially when it comes to planning or outlining your paper? Avoid focusing on what the author wrote. Focus instead on how the author wrote. What is one trait this writer demonstrates that you would like to imitate in your own essay? (100+ words)Third, review the three versions of outlines for writing. Explore the merits of each type of outline. Identify which version you believe would most support your intended major writing assignment for this course. (100+ words)

TIP: Be sure to respond to all three questions in individual paragraphs. 

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