Which arguments do you participate in that are most effective?
What are the reasons for arguments? Keep notes for two days about every single argument you make, using the definitions and concepts in chapter 1 to guide you. Then, identify your reasons for arguing – how many times did you aim to convince? To inform? To persuade? To explore? To understand?
Next, after reviewing your log and completing the reading this week, write a one-paragraph reflection that explains who you are as an arguer. Questions you might consider include: how do you define the term argument? Which arguments do you participate in that are most effective? What patterns do you see emerging when you assess your arguments?
Then, in a second paragraph, discuss the role pathos plays in your arguments and how it impacts the effectiveness of argument. Finally, end this paragraph by setting a goal for yourself: how you can improve as an arguer? (Note: both paragraphs should be completed after the log on the same document.)
Complete the argument log