Sunday, May 25, 2014

Key Is Evidence

Today's topic is "argument" in academic writing. Since we entered the university, we have learned how to write or read an academic paper in ELA classes. Argumentation is one of the things we have learned for this two months. But, I didn't understand well about it, for example, what "assumption" exactly is, or how to strengthen my claims more efficiently. These days, I'm working on a 5 paragraph essay and often struggle with argumentation. So, when the teacher gave us some materials about argumentation, I watched and read them very carefully. And they could solve my questions.

Here are some things I learned.

  1. Evidence should be different, for example, facts, examples, expert opinions, and statistics.
  2. Evidence should be accurate, relevant to topic, representative, which means true to the context, and adequate.
Note: These are from "The Little, Brown, Compact Handbook."

I know evidence plays a paramount role in argumentation, so to use appropriate evidence is necessary for a good writing. However, searching that kind of evidence is a hard work, and it sometimes takes a long time (and this leads to the lack of sleep!!!). I think it is crucial to acquire searching skill as well as knowing about argumentation.

Anyway, I'll "do", not "try" my best to write my essay!

1 comment:

  1. Set time limits and stick to them. Work backwards: tell yourself that you're going to get 7 hours sleep; plan what time you have to be in bed for that to happen. Count how many tasks you have to do. Devote a specific amount of time to get each task done. Include short breaks.