Thursday, October 17, 2013

What's the point

Pinpointing the Claim,  evidence,  and analysis of a reading can be very tricky. Getting through a reading without fully understanding it is even trickier. Usually when a person cannot figure out what they have just read, they reread the passage. Even thought this is an effective way of understanding something, it is time consuming. In chapter 12 of their book "They Say I Say", Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein came up with a solution to "decipher the conversation." Ironically the answer to answering the question of how is to ask another question. Four questions to be exact:

  1.  What other argument(s) is the writer responding to? 
  2. Is the writer disagreeing or agreeing with something, and if so what?
  3. What is motivating the writer's argument? 
  4. 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.

1 comment:

  1. Great response, Chelby! Do you think the difference in subject is the only explanation for how different the classes are? And how does that tie to Graff's Claim?