WRITING NOTES ASSIGNMENT
1. Your argument is the main point that you are trying to make in your essay. It should clearly state your opinion on your topic. Describe the argument to be addressed in your persuasive essay and include how the argument is derived from your major, the major you are considering pursuing, or your field of work.
2. Key points are pieces of evidence that support an author’s main argument. What are three possible key points for your selected topic? How do they support your main argument?
3. Your audience is the people you are addressing in your essay. Who is the audience that will be reading your essay? What potential challenges will you have supporting your argument with this demographic?
4. Your goal is the end result that you wish to achieve in writing this essay. What goal do you hope to accomplish with this essay? What will this essay need to be successful?
5. Potential resources are pieces of evidence that could be used to support your argument. List potential resources that could be used as supporting evidence for your argument, and provide a brief description of each and how they will reinforce your argument.
6. Using the resources you identified above, align specific key points of your argument with your supporting resources to begin to establish an effective essay structure.
7. Based on your argument, determine strategic places where integrating evidence would be most effective and provide rationale for each.
8. Do a mind mapping, what is the main topic, subtopic, and supporting evidence.
Let’s use the keywords you brainstormed earlier in the module to conduct three separate searches in the Opposing Viewpoints or Academic Search Ultimate database. When conducting these searches, keep a close eye on what types of sources pop up. Are they written by professionals or academics in the field? Are they articles from one of the 24-hour news networks? What formats appear (article, journal, essay, news story, video, podcast, etc.)? How old are the sources?
Take brief notes on what you see, and experiment with your keywords to broaden or narrow your search when appropriate. Jot down the titles and authors of a couple of sources from your search, as you will be asked to reevaluate them in the next activity.