Student Reflections on Argumentation

Please stay tuned! My students will finish this module at the end of April and I will post an overview of their thoughts then.


Student Reflections on Evaluation

Below is a sample of my students’ reflections. Their deadline for finishing this assignment is not for two more days, but I’ve perused the early birds’ reflections and posted some highlights below. Many of them are making thoughtful connections about how they will use what we learned in the module–establishing criteria, comparing and contrasting, writing reviews to an online community, writing an academic evaluation–to their future careers! HOW STUDENTS WILL APPLY WHAT THEY LEARNED IN THE FUTURE

I would apply these elements in my future career. A lot of engineering design works with not only creating new products but modifying current products. So comparing and contrasting different models and writing an evaluation on the new modified product would be help in the engineering design I will most likely apply the elements of this module when I am evaluating anything. I already knew that we evaluate things based on criteria but I didn’t quite understand what criteria meant or what it was. I will also apply the elements of this module when I have to do an evaluation in a different class. I want to be a teacher so most likely I will have to evaluate students, lesson plan ideas, teaching strategies, etc., based on criteria as well. Since I am a business major, I will be using a lot of comparing and contrasting when it comes to business ideas and other financial problems that may occur. As well as using a lot of digital techniques (such as the use of Word and Excel) will be used to present certain business proposals. I think I could use the elements outside this module in order to decide on a job or career. It will be much easier to compare and contrast the criteria that is required for the type of job that I want to have. I will establish my credibility and expectations of things around me in my future career. I will use reasoning skills to compare and contrast many things, especially when purchasing important items. I will most likely use this module for general discussion with friends. I like to understand how and why something is good, whether it is music, movies, or even food, Being able to evaluate at the best of my ability with help me to discuss these in more in-depth ways. I will use these elements in my future career and daily life. In a career setting it is important to use and create credible information. I also think that understanding how to evaluate anything is useful in everyday life whether it is for an important issue or for something in the grocery store.

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Brainstroming Issues, Arguments and Questions


  1. view a variety of popular and alternative media outlets
  2.  discuss the differences and similarities in genres and modes between media outlets
  3.  generate a list of broad topics
  4.  begin to narrow the broad topics down to smaller issues for the academic paper

After introducing the assignments and homework for this module, I show several media clips in class and ask students to write down ideas for topics. After each segment, we write down the broad topics–for example climate change, immigration reform and police brutality–and then discuss issues within the list of broad topics that would make for good papers and blog posts. We also generate a list of dead topics: topics that argue the obvious, are too big to do justice in one blog post or one paper and topics that argue religion (because the Bible isn’t considered a scholarly source in academia).

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Discourse Discussion

Desired Outcomes

  1. understand how discourse communities, genres and modes influence our writing and communication choices
  2. reflect on the different discourse communities, genres and modes we used and experienced in this module

INTRODUCTION  Watch this YouTube video and discuss why the student’s communication seems out of place, as well as in which discourse communities the student’s language would be appropriate. Continue reading

Reflection on Module 1

At the end of the Rhetorical Analysis Module I ask students to reflect on what they learned. The students didn’t mention the blog much in their responses. For the next module I plan to ask them more pointed questions about the blog.

  • What did you learn from this module (please give specific examples and definitions)?
  • Please give examples of how (and when) you might apply what you learned in this module to life outside of this class. 
  • What was the hardest part of this module for you? Why?

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