- What other argument(s) is the writer responding to?
- Is the writer disagreeing or agreeing with something, and if so what?
- What is motivating the writer's argument?
- Are there other ideas that you have encountered in this class or elsewhere that might be pertinent?
Let us use Gerald Graff's Hidden Intellectualism as an example. A substantial amount of people believe that having street smarts means a person cant be academically intellectual. Graff clearly disagrees with that statement. In his article, Graff argues that students can benefit from non scholastic subjects such as sports or fashion. The art of intellect isn't so much about what the person is learning, but how that person can turn that subject into an intelligent debate. Gerald Graff's motivation for writing this was his experience growing. He claimed the only reading he would willingly do is of sports magazine. Because of the numerous arguments with his friends, he learned "the rudiments of the intellectual life: how to make an argument, weigh different kinds of evidence, summarize the views of others..." My psychology class is a DRAG. The professor just talk, talk, talk, asks a question, and talks some more. I find it hard to concentrate because i'm literally dying of boredom. My class following this is civil rights and liberties which is awesome. Because the topics are interesting, i pay attention and participate in class discussions. I also always show up to class.