Consider a topic for an argument you
believe is very important—so important, that you would do whatever is in your
power, or which through honing your skills could be in your power, as a writer,
to convince others of its importance. You will be writing an argument along
these lines as one of your assignments, but instead of being given a topic, you
will choose one which you firmly believe should be developed into an argument because
it matters to you.
Using the SPARK handout on brainstorming, spend some time generating ideas
related to your topic and how this topic can be developed and specified to make
a working thesis.
After doing these things, write a Journal entry reflecting on what you would
like to accomplish by writing an argument on the topic you have chosen. You are
not writing an outline or draft for the argument.
Although you will need to know what
your topic is, and although you should have generated ideas about the topic and
how to make it into an argument, the purpose of this journal entry is to suggest
what you hope your argument might make possible.
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