Class 04 THU JAN 26
Opening Theme Music
- Card Hypothesis Riddle
- Leave your Answer below the Riddle post.
Defining Terms “Your Way”
The Peoples Republic of China (mainland China, excluding Hong Kong), has for some time been repressing the defenders of the more democratic government of the small part of China designated the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR). Some would argue there is very little democracy left in Hong Kong. This morning (TUE SEP 17, 2021) on BBCHARDTalk, host Steven Sackur put the question to Hong Kong legislative councillor Dominic Lee Tsz King, a high profile defender of Beijing’s increasingly tight grip on the territory: “With pro-democracy activists arrested, exiled or cowed into silence, has ‘One country, Two systems’ morphed into one country, one system?”
Lee offered this novel definition of Democracy;
Link to the HARDTalk broadcast
When we look at democracy, there are a lot of different systems. Democracy does not just represent election politics, if that’s what you’re referring to. In China, we practice what we call “Whole Process Democracy,” at which democracy is in every stage of the decision-making process—an election is one part of it, one big part of it, but if we’re too consumed about elections, we put too much focus and too much time into elections . . . .
Defining Terms 2
Fireball’s parent company is facing a class-action lawsuit alleging that the brand falsely advertises the miniature bottles sold in convenience stores as containing whiskey and other natural flavors, when they merely contains whiskey flavoring. (The full-sized bottles sold in liquor stores are flavored whiskey; the minis sold in bodegas are malt- and wine-based drinks.)
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White Paper Quiz
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Here’s a sample of one student’s responses. Let’s review.
Describe the grading process for the White Paper. How often is it graded? Can those grades be improved? Are there several White Papers, or one that is continually improved and expanded?
It is graded often throughout the semester. I am not certain as to whether or not the grades can be improved. There is a single White Paper that is expanded upon several times over time with several revisions to ideas.
According to your professor, how important is thinking about your topic and your sources? What are better techniques for generating ideas and improving your argument?
It is only as important as how much I write down. The only thing that matters is what I write down, so it’s important that I type my ideas to make them important. A good technique for generating ideas and improving my argument could be to write something, (anything) down and develop my argument as I see it come out of my head and onto a page. Maybe something sounds better in my head than it actually is, so it’s important that I type it out.
Name the simplest way to build a large collection of useful sources with a single search.
Instead of searching for sources that align with the point-of-view of the argument, search for sources that may align with any viewpoint. This will allow the researcher to compile a large list of resources that both support his/her argument and refute it. This ensures that the researcher will see all viewpoints towards his/her argument and will be better equipped to intelligently support it.
What’s the point of having more than one Hypothesis?
The point of having more than one hypothesis is to develop a broad/general hypothesis into a more centralized one that is more personal and relatable to a unique argument.
Why does the Model White Paper have so many Practice Openings?
It’s important to structure the paper with different openings to see which opening flows best into the rest of the paper. It’s almost like a tree with different branches. In order to get to the highest possible point, sometimes we must try to climb on completely different branches of the same tree that stem from different openings to the paper.
How does a Purposeful Summary differ from other types of summary?
A purposeful summary is a summary that includes the most relevant and valuable details of the work while describing the objective that the content wishes to accomplish. A non-purposeful summary will just include an abridged version of the work itself with no additional commentary or context from the author.
Describe one Counterintuitive aspect of the attempt to eradicate polio from the planet.
In order to eradicate polio as a whole, it’s important that at least some people become infected to facilitate research towards stopping the masses from becoming infected. This can be accomplished by developing a cure with infected people’s blood and their antibodies, by researching ways to stop transmission, and by providing the public with strategies that it can use to protect itself.
What’s the value of creating sections in the White Paper to describe shorter arguments like those for Definition and for Causation?
The White Paper is an unfiltered draftfest. Anything relevant to the argument (no matter how small) is welcome on the White Paper. It is next up to the writer to take the ramblings of the White Paper and compound them into a single entity; the essay itself.
If I have made steady progress on my White Paper each of the four times it’s graded, how much work will I have left to do to produce my 3000-word Researched Proposal Argument by the deadline?
If this outcome comes true, minimal work will be required to produce my 3000-word essay when it is close to the deadline.
We composition instructors (this one more than others, perhaps) occasionally hear from students that we are stifling their creativity by insisting that they conform to a particular style. Here’s a style you could or might emulate . . . but not in a composition class.
- Lecture: Counterintuitivity
- Respond to today’s Lecture/Discussion in the usual place, below this page.
- Summaries Are Arguments
- Lecture/Demonstration: Purposeful Summary
- Non-Portfolio Task: Purposeful Summaries Task
- DUE THU FEB 02 (11:59PM WED FEB 01)