Read the section on “Analysis” in CEL Ch. 9 (p. 285-288).
Although we are focusing this week on synthesizing, or combining arguments, it is also important to double back and make sure that we are able to listen closely for the obvious and “hidden” layers of ideas in any specific text. The authors of CEL write in Ch.9 that underneath the more obvious writing strategies such as thesis, evidence, and support, there are also “unstated” or “underground” assumptions that we can “dig up”:
“Warranting assumptions (or warrants) are the root system of an argument. Although they usually go unstated […] they are as important to an argument as the explicitly stated points.” (286)
For this discussion post, we will practice “dissecting” arguments and finding assumptions together.
Note: you do not have to answer each of these questions word for word, but your response overall should show that you are considering all of the questions carefully.
Write an initial post to this discussion board that answers these questions. Then read your classmates’ ideas about Roberts’s essay carefully and respond to them for your response posts.
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