Unit Objectives

Classical Argument Unit

Unit Goals:
By the end of the unit, students should be able to:

1. Generate an arguable and timely topic that poses a PSI question.
2. Write a thesis-driven classical argument essay.
3. Create a focused argument that includes reasons supported by evidence, incorporates opposing
views, and addresses underlying assumptions.
4. Research, incorporate, and document secondary sources.
5. Make appropriate rhetorical appeals (logos, ethos, pathos) to a skeptical or neutral
6. Arrange ideas in a logical and purposeful order that is easy for the reader to navigate.
7. Produce a final draft that shows an understanding of argument as an evidence-seeking process
and a product of persuasion, as well as an indication of revision and attention to
conferences and peer reviews.
8. Correctly use diction, punctuation, and spelling for a college-level audience.


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