Thursday, October 22, 2009

Topic: Persuasive Writing

10-second review: Rated persuasive papers for “claim,” “data” and “warrant.” “Claim” = statement of the problem. “Data” (evidence) supports the “claim” or statement of the problem. “Warrant” is the bridge used to relate the claim (problem) and data (evidence).

Title: “Linguistic/Rhetorical Measures for International Persuasive Student Writing.” U Connor. Research in the Teaching of English (February 1990), 67 – 89. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: Analyzed each element: “claim” (statement of the problem), “Data” (evidence), and “warrant,” bridge from “claim (problem) to “Data” (evidence), from “none” to “some” to “explicitly observed” as primary traits.

Comment: I’m much more comfortable with “statement of the problem,” “supporting evidence” and the “bridge” between the two. RayS.

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