Saturday, November 21, 2009

Revising for Style

After reading the last chapter of Booth, Revising for Style, post here as a reply two of your sentences from your essay. Next, revise these two sentences based on your reading of this Booth chapter. Explain why you made the changes you did in relation to Booth's Revising for Style.

Monday, October 19, 2009


You've been writing introductions and conclusions for many years in your papers. After this chapter, however, explain how you used to think of intros and conclusions and how you think of them now. Next, read back over one of the intros to one of the sample essays we've read this semester from Signs of Life in the USA-- break down its introduction using Booth's three elements.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Booth pages 173-229

These chapters in Booth discuss planning, drafting, and organizing the research essay. Words like "planning," "drafting," and "organizing," I would suspect, are very common to you from high school English classes as well as 1001 here at LSU. Yet, what seems to be different in the way Booth discusses these three elements of writing? And list at least four-five topics from these chapters that you believe will be helpful to you in the coming couple of weeks, explaining why they will be helpful to you.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Revising Claims

If you have not discussed your claim in class this past week, post your claim here. Then, each student should respond at least once to every student who posts.

Booth Chapters 10-11

Using the most recent essay we've read, "Revolution is US," analyze parts of the essay based on 1. Chapter 10: How well does the writer acknowledge and then respond to his audience? Can you point to places in the text where he does so? How does it work or not work for the essay?
2. Chapter 11: Does the writer have a warrant in this essay? More than one? Pick out a warrant and analyze it based on this Booth chapter. If he doesn't have any warrants, discuss how or why that hurts or works well for the essay.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Booth Ch. 7-9

These chapters from Booth are an overview of how to make a good argument. Return to one of the early essays we've read in class: South Park, Superhero Worship, So You Wanna Be a Gangsta?, and in about 200 words, break down the essay's argument using these chapters from Booth.

Gender Role Behaviors and Attitudes

Study a popular magazine such as Elle, Rolling Stone, or Maxim for advertisements depicting men and women interacting with each other. In about 150 words, interpret the body postures of the models, using Devor's essay as the framework for your analysis. How do males and females typically stand? To what extent do the models enact stereotypically masculine or feminine stances?