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Stair Design Form

  1. 1. Stand-Alone Instructional Resource Project Title: Argumentative Writing Developer: Lisa Mulka This project in a sentence… This project is a stand-alone instructional resource to guide Composition II college students through the process of creating effective arguments in their writing by examining different argumentative components, examples and effective techniques in addition to mastering MLA documentation. Audience The intended learners of this STAIR are Composition II students at Lansing Community College enrolled in WRIT 122. Instructional Objectives The learner will learn specific argumentative writing tools, recognize positive and negative examples of argumentative writing, be able to determine what an appropriate argumentative topic is, properly cite sources in MLA documentation and develop an understanding of different argumentative elements. More specifically, this STAIR meets the following standards for WRIT 122 outlined in the course description: “Builds upon the writing skills developed in WRIT 121 to help students write argumentative essays which use logical support and appropriate documentation. Emphasizes research techniques and use of sources, and the development, structure, and style of the research paper” Pedagogy There are three primary instructional strategies that will be utilized in this project: 1. Inductive: Examples of effective arguments will be provided followed by the strategy or rule that helped create its success. 2. Deductive: Argumentative elements (claim, opposition, evidence, etc.) will be presented followed by examples that illustrate the different elements. 3. Simulation and Problem Solving: Learners will interact with the content they are to learn by using the World Wide Web to locate effective arguments and explain their relevancy. Learners will also be given a “poor” argument and challenged to turn it into an effective argument.
  2. 2. The STAIR will be divided into the following three sections: Types of Elements of Fallacies Arguments Arguments Active Response The learner will demonstrate understanding through two methods. First, there will be prompting questions and small quizzes within the STAIR that will ask the learner to identify important argumentative elements. Secondly, there will be several writing activities that correspond with the instructional strategies that will ask learners to submit their work to the instructor at the completion of the STAIR. Feedback In correspondence to the active responses from learners listed above, feedback will also be delivered in two different methods. Built within the STAIR will be questions and quizzes for the learner to complete immediately following the presentation of information. Feedback will be given immediately explaining the correct or incorrect choice depending upon the answer the learner selects. In addition to the immediate feedback, learners will be asked to complete several writing assignments which will be submitted to the instructor. The instructor will provide feedback on the writing assignments built within the STAIR and return to learner at later point in date.

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