Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Responding to John Gardner

Practicing Argument Writing by Responding to John Gardner’s letter.

After reading and annotating Gardner’s letter, write a letter back to him*. Respond to a claim that Gardner makes in the letter that you feel strongly about. Your letter should quote the claim you're responding to and should show that you understand what Gardner has written. Your letter should also develop a position that responds to the claim. (To what extent, do you agree or disagree with Gardner's claim?) While developing and supporting your position, incorporate appropriate, vivid, precise details from your reading, your experiences, and/or your observations.

You should have strong first attempt at the letter ready for class tomorrow. (Guideline: Work with complete focus for at least forty minutes on the first attempt: the same amount of time you'd spend on an in-class essay.)

* Unfortunately, John Gardner died in a motorcycle accident in 1982. He was just 49 years old. He’d be 80 if he were alive today.

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