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Position Papers
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 Goal:Create a persuasive position
 paper that makes clear claims
 supported by good reasons and
 credible evidence.
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 You’re going to have to
 take a stand on some sort
 of issue.
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   Selecting a Topic:
    • Issues you really care about.
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   Selecting a Topic:
    • Issues you really care about.
    • Issues other people would or could really care
      about.
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   Selecting a Topic:
    • Issues you really care about.
    • Issues other people would or could really care
      about.
    • Issues you already know something about.
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   Try to think of issues that encompass
    multiple perspectives or have aspects that
    make it difficult for people to agree on what
    should be done or how they should feel.
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   Try to think of issues that encompass
    multiple perspectives or have aspects that
    make it difficult for people to agree on what
    should be done or how they should feel.
   Try to avoid broad topics on which people’s
    viewpoints are highly emotional and
    entrenched.
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   Keep These Questions in Mind:
    • Do I enjoy reading about this topic?
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   Keep These Questions in Mind:
    • What does this topic make me think about?
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   Keep These Questions in Mind:
    • Where was this article published? Where might
      I publish my own position paper, as an essay, a
      letter, a brochure, or a posting on a Web site?
      Who would my readers be? What am I
      interested in that they would be interested in as
      well?
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   Keep These Questions in Mind:
    • What was the author’s purpose in writing this
      piece? In other words, what did the author
      think readers should do or feel about the topic?
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   Other Ideas:
    • Brainstorm.
    • Work with a small group to create a list of
      potential topics.
    • Work with a few other students to identify two
      or three topics that have promise.
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   Other Ideas:
    • Choose a topic from the list.
    • Brainstorm a list of statements about the topic.
    • Explain what you know.
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   Once You Have Identified a Topic:
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   Once You Have Identified a Topic:
    • Examine your own experience.
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   Once You Have Identified a Topic:
    • Examine your own experience.
    • Find out what others are saying about your
      topic.
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   Once You Have Identified a Topic:
    • Examine your own experience.
    • Find out what others are saying about your
      topic.
    • Do some reading.
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   Once You Have Identified a Topic:
    • Examine your own experience.
    • Find out what others are saying about your
      topic.
    • Do some reading.
    • Conduct a brief reality check.
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   Analyzing Context:
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   Analyzing Context:
    • Audience knowledge, values, and needs.
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   Analyzing Context:
    • Audience knowledge, values, and needs.
    • Audience expectations for content.
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   Analyzing Context:
    • Audience knowledge, values, and needs.
    • Audience expectations for content.
    • Audience expectations for layout.
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   Analyzing Context:
    •   Audience knowledge, values, and needs.
    •   Audience expectations for content.
    •   Audience expectations for layout.
    •   Circumstances.
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   Analyzing Context:
    •   Audience knowledge, values, and needs.
    •   Audience expectations for content.
    •   Audience expectations for layout.
    •   Circumstances.
    •   Purposes.
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   Still not sure how to proceed?
    • Review the Student Context Analysis in the text
      on pages 226-227.
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   Reminder: Library week is coming up.
   You must have your individual and group
    topics identified by that time.

				
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