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Blog Prompt #2 Identifying an Argument

In your last blog I asked that you chose and introduce the topic of your overall blog for the semester. You were to explain what your over-reaching topic is and why it’s important to you. This week’s prompt asks that you dig a little deeper into your topic.

I ask that you take this week to do some online research on your topic, look at articles, related blogs, websites and forums and find ONE interesting argument/debate that is going on related to your topic.

In your blog you will (in 250-500 words):

  • Describe the argument-what is it about, where did it come from, what are the opposing sides.
  • What are the opposing sides saying on the topic? What are their arguments for their position? What type of rhetorical appeals are they using? Which side seems to have more support?
  • Is there a middle ground being proposed? What is it? Does it have any support?
  • Identify what kind of argument it is? Is it personal? emotional? research based? friendly? How does the argument style affect the success of the respective sides?

Make sure to cite/reference the places from which you get your information.

This blog will be due: 11:59 PM Friday, February 17, 2012


Getting Started…

Welcome to your first ENGL 104 Lab Day!

Today you will be required to create a account, and set up the personal blog you will be using for the remainder of the semester.

During this lab period please take your time to choose an appropriate username, blog topic and blog title. Once you have completed those steps, you have the rest of the class to explore. Get used to the functions and commands of the website, personalize the look and feel of your blog (the visual appearance should reflect the personality you want to represent you and your topic), subscribe to “Compose Yourself…” ( and leave a comment on this post  so that you can begin subscribing to your classmates’ blogs as well.

If you finish all of this before class lets you should explore some of the other blogs in the WordPress community.

Reminder: These blogs are public, keep this in mind whenever you post—always be aware that you have an audience.


Blog Post #1


Now that you have set up and personalized your own blog, your first assignment is to introduce yourself and your topic to the world wide web as well as your classmates your classmates.

In this post you have the freedom to create the online/classroom persona you want your classmates (as well as the WordPress community) to know. Are you funny? driven? athletic? artistic? What do you care about? Why is your topic important to you, and why should others care about it Use the words in your arsenal (the WHOLE English language) to create a dynamic and engaging online personality for your blog.


-Include your basic information (Name, program of study, Institution, etc.)

-Use casual, everyday language—any style that best represents you as a personality

-It should be at least 250 words in length.

-You may include videos or images (but aren’t required to share personal photos) that help enhance your introduction.

DUE DATE: Wednesday, February 1st by 11:59PM.