Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses.
As you prepare to write your first discussion for this week, complete the following:
- Read An Introduction to Logic and Syllogisms
- Watch Syllogism, Mood, and Figure
- Review the grading rubric for this discussion
Before drafting your initial post, take time to reflect on the rhetorical situation and the appeal to logos in your paper. Have you given logic and reason enough emphasis? Are you concerned about fallacies in your work? Think about your argument, its claims, and the supporting evidence. Have you developed a logical argument supported by credible evidence?
(due Thursday, Day 3): Utilize your outline to make a list of every claim and all supporting evidence for your argument thus far, keeping an eye on the appeal to logos. Each claim should be written by you in your own words and should introduce a part of your unique argument. Paraphrase or summarize your supporting evidence and include a proper APA-style in-text citation. You may include multiple pieces of evidence for each claim.
List your thesis statement, claims, and evidence in the following format:
- Thesis statement: Write your single-sentence thesis statement here.
Claim: Write your first claim in a complete sentence here.
- Evidence: Paraphrase or summarize your source and cite it here (Sample, 2015).
- Evidence: Paraphrase or summarize additional sources that support this claim and cite them here as 2., 3., 4., and so on (Sample, 2015).
- Evidence: If you feel the need to use a quote, “add it to the list with proper quotation marks and the appropriate in-text citation containing the page, section, or paragraph number in the original source” (Sample, 2015, p. 22).
Claim: Write your second claim in a complete sentence here.
- Evidence: Paraphrase or summarize your source here (Sample, 2015).
- Evidence: Continue to paraphrase and summarize your sources for each claim (Sample, 2015).
Claim: Continue to write your claims in complete sentences.
In 200 to 300 words, compare your claims and evidence to the common fallacies described in “An Introduction to Logic and Syllogisms.”
- Describe any fallacies you locate and describe how you will remove those fallacies this week.
- Describe how your claims logically support your thesis statement as well-supported premises.
- Be sure to use the correct vocabulary when discussing fallacy: Slippery slope, hasty generalization, post hoc ergo propter hoc, either/or, ad hominem, etc.
- End your post with any questions or concerns you have regarding the appeal to logos, the use of supporting evidence, the role of claims in an argument, or fallacies.
Please review the Week Three Discussion 1 Initial Post Template before writing your response.
Respond to Peers
(due Monday, Day 7): In 125 to 200 words each, respond to at least two classmates. In each response, begin by addressing your classmate’s questions and concerns. Then, review the list of claims and supporting evidence for possible fallacies. State whether your classmate’s claims effectively support the thesis statement and explain why. Share your thoughts on the research selected to support the list of claims. Has your classmate provided enough evidence?
Be sure to follow up with classmates who respond to your post. Utilize feedback from this discussion as you revise your paper outline and compose your rough draft.
Please review the Week Three Discussion 1 Peer Response Templatebefore writing your response.