Project 2: Rogerian Argument
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4) Discussion Board Post, optional (250 words): Pinpoint 3 topics about which reasonable people disagree --
relevant issues that need solving. Give an overview of each issue and
explain the point of view of at least two sides for each topic. Respond
to 2 of your peers' posts (50 words each).
1) Jon Stewart and Rogerian Techniques (1102). Go to this episode of The Daily Show,
in which Stewart debates with South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) about
American politics. Begin the video at 12:47. Watch the interview in
class with your students and have them identify the points during which
Stewart tries to bring their opposing viewpoints together (i.e., through
emotion, clarification of definitions, humor, etc.). Discuss the
possible ways these methods could be incorporated into your own
Find an article, video, or other source that attempts to employ
Rogerian strategies and explain how it uses these strategies. Bring this
source and your explanation to your small group conference. 3)
Discussion Board Post, optional (250 words): Rogerian Argument, “The Dance”
Part of understanding Rogerian argumentation is realizing that Rogers
was essentially trying to shift our metaphor for arguing: from “war” to
“negotiation” or “conversation.” Blog about 5 metaphors that you find
yourself believing in or abiding by or being a part of. Briefly describe
each one and how it impacts your actions. Really think about this one.
Even if you want to list 5 but only describe 1 of them – that’s fine.
Whatever you have to say the most about. (Consider skimming over this useful website
). Respond to 2 of your peers' posts (50 words each)
5) ctivity: Choose a controversial topic and ask students to choose a side. (The line activity) or discuss small group activity (Prompt)
6) Write a
250-word narrative about why the topic you've chosen is important to you
and relevant. Find 2 opposing sources (essays, not websites) for this
topic and summarize both sources. Bring topic overview and source
summaries to small group conference.
research (4 sources) and write a summary paragraph for each source.
Include a bibliographic entry before each source. Bring these summaries
8) DB Post, optional (250 words): Vegetarianism. Vegetarianism
is a topic that has very polarized sides in the debate. State the two
best arguments, being as fair as possible, for both sides of the
debate. Respond to 2 of your peers' posts (50 words each).
9) DB Post, optional (250 words:) Answer the following question posed by the author of the above NY Times
essay: But does [volunteerism] really matter why it’s done? Isn’t it
enough to volunteer, no matter the motive? Explain your reasoning. Respond to 2 of your peers' posts (50 words each).
10) Tone and Word Choice Activity
Directions for instructor:Find and print out several (around 5 or 6) opinion articles on a variety of topics--The Oracle, NY Times, and Chronicle are
good options. In class, divide the class into groups based on how many
articles you printed. Give one article to each group and have them
read the article aloud. After they have read the article once have
students complete the questions below. Directions for students (Print these questions on a worksheet):Read the article from a neutral position…What is topic of this article? (So, not the argument the person is making, just the general issue the opinion piece discusses.) What are two possible arguments about this topic? What stance (argument) does the author make? In other words, which side of the argument is the author on? Now, imagine you hold the opposite point of view from the author (use empathy!)…What word choices, phrases, and/or tone are you offended by/uncomfortable with? (Highlight or underline these on the article.) Why do those word choices, phrases, and/or tone make you feel that way? Which parts of the argument does the author seem to ignore? Or, focus on too much? Now, act as an editor for the article…Revise
at least two sentences that contain offensive material (from above).
In other words, how can the word choices, phrases, and/or tone be
altered so it is less offensive to the opposing side? (Do this directly
on the article.)
- Practice re-reading
- Strengthen critical reading skills
- Identify biased word choice and tone in opinion writing
- Practice using neutral language in Rogerian argument essay
- Practice rewriting and revision