I ask that you use today as a workshop day. I asked that you re-read your article on Monday and you will use this lab to begin prewriting
your essay. You may work with ONE other person who is writing on your article–if you wish.
In a new Word Document do the following:
Identify your author’s argument (What is he/she trying to do, what is he/she trying to convince people of?)
Make two lists, 1)Evidence you find effective 2)Evidence you find ineffective
Make two more lists, 1)Points you agree with, 2)Points you disagree with
Formulate an argument (I feel [Author X] presents an effective/ineffective argument) and choose three elements supporting your argument (these will become your body paragraphs and the cornerstones of your essay).