I would like help with these questions. They each need to be at least 200 words for each question. Except for question number 2.
1. Greene and Lidinsky present three helpful models for formulating a working thesis:
- The Misinterpretations model: "Although many have argued X, a careful examination suggests Z."
- The Gap model: "Although others have noted X, they have overlooked the importance of Y."
- The Modification model: "Although I agree with the X and Y ideas of other writers, it is important to extend/refine/limit their ideas in this way..."
These thesis models are certainly not the only options available to you, but they do offer ways to enter an academic conversation and make a contribution that extends beyond merely summarizing or echoing someone else's ideas.
In this discussion thread, choose two of the above thesis models and craft two working thesis statements you could use in this week's essay.
2. As explained in the "reading" and "essay" content items this week, you will search one of the online databases for two articles that discuss some historical event or figure. You will use these articles to test, extend, and complicate your thesis from last week's essay. The sources you find will be unique in the sense that they will not be shared by anyone else in the course, except in the rare event of a coincidental match between you and a colleague. You will locate these sources using the Park Universitiy McAfee Memorial Library's online databases (I recommend JSTOR).
For the purpose of this week's revision project, you should seek articles that meet the following criteria:
- longer than 500 words
- available in full text format
You should feel free to imagine a wide range of possibilities for integrating the sources into your revised essay, as long as the end result is consistent with the rhetorical aims of the assignment. You should also know that exploring fifteen to twenty items deep in any search is appropriate. In other words, for the best results, be diligent about exploring beyond the top three hits of any single search.
In your post to this discussion thread, you will compose the MLA-formatted Works Cited entries for the two scholarly sources you found for this week's essay. Additionally, you will compose a two-paragraph post that:
- briefly comments on how each article has affected your thinking on the topic of history and education--in other words, how each article is helping you "re-see" your thesis from last week's essay;
- based on Greene and Lidinsky's criteria for evaluating source, explains how you know the sources you located are suitable (i.e., credible) for academic conversations.
3. In this discussion thread, let's read rhetorically to understand the central claims, supporting arguments, and persuasive strategies of each author. Anticipating this week's essay assignment, let's also attempt to synthesize Appiah and Foer to identify themes, issues, and arguments you might want to pick up on in your essay.
In your initial post this week, answer three out of the following questions (some are adapted from those posed by Greene and Lidinsky):
- What are Appiah and Foer's theses? How do you know?
- Both Appiah and Foer analyze "us v. them" mentalities--that is, how cultural groups often define themselves by what they aren't. Identify some of the cultural groups to which you belong (remember "cultural groups" can form around anything--from ethnicity to religion to hobbies). Then, discuss the extent to which these cultural groups define themselves in relation to others.
- What ideas and arguments are of most interest and relevance to you in each essay? Why? What ideas and arguments can you trace as common and different between Appiah and Foer's essays? How do these connections help you understand the issues at play in any discussion of globalism/globalization?
- Foer makes heavy use of personal experience in building his argument. How do his stories enhance his central message? After reading the essay assignment for this week, can you find ways to use narrative or anecdote in your essay? How will you integrate your personal experience in ways that, to quote Lunsford, "build common ground"?
- Drawing upon the terms and strategies Greene and Lidinsky use in Chapter 9, analyze the effectiveness of Appiah and Foer's introductions and conclusions. Are Appiah and Foer's introductions and conclusions persuasive? Why and how?
4. What do Appiah and Foer mean by "globalization"? Brainstorm with the class about your understanding of the term, and then look up definitions on the web to enhance that understanding. A Google search can help you reach the Websites of reputable organizations with different perspectives. Share what you find on several of these sites.
In addition to presenting your thoughts/definitions, provide a brief evaluation of one Website's credibility, using the criteria Greene and Lidinsky present on pp. 136-138.