Improve your structure and reasoning strategies
Topic sentences: pinpoint key ideas as sharply as possible (and make sure that there is a progression of ideas and that they do not overlap).
- Use a combination of specific and relevant data/ information; p. 21; (think about people stories – adds interest, emotion; adds a real-life example so that we can really think about the positives or negatives) . We have to think carefully about the way that we present people; and think about the particular circumstances.)
- Use clever reasoning and linking strategies to prove points re evidence. See reasoning strategies (yellow workbook)
- Think about what the evidence proves: what is the best and most intelligent use of the evidence p. 27-30
- See Chapter 2: pp 20-39.
- How we use that evidence: common sense; logic; comparisons pp 27-28’
Exercises 5 – 10, pp. 23 – 31
- Exercise 5 – whose opinion do we trust the most? Some expert opinion is more trustworthy than others.
- Statistics – what do they prove?
- People stories – what do they prove?
- Ex 8 – the range of evidence that authors use to prove a point. What does the evidence prove? (use common sense and logic)
- Ex 9-10: Comparisons/analogies – they are very powerful in persuasive pieces.
Improving your expression: Blue Grammar Workbook
We will go over some simple and advanced rules of grammar in order to write better sentences; in order to keep control over our sentences and write in a more sophisticated manner.
- Use more sophisticated terminology/words/phrases (avoid clichés) / use sophisticated turn of phrase
- Vary your sentence structures; use nominals; use parallel constructions for greater variety and sophistication. (Blue workbook: nominals: p. 51; listing, p. 66)
- Be as concise as possible: omit phrases that are obvious/unnecessary. (If you can say it in 5 words don’t say it in 10!)
- Exercises 44 and 45: Subjects, predicates and objects
- Exercises 50 and 51: phrases and clauses (p. 46 – 47)