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Discussion Prompts

In this unit’s reading, you explored the responsibilities and the habits of mind of effective academic writers:

  • In academic writing tasks, you are responsible for:
    • Defining a situation that calls for some response in writing;
    • Demonstrating the timeliness of your argument
    • Establishing a personal investment;
    • Appealing to readers whose minds you want to change by understanding what they think, believe, and value;
    • Supporting your arguments with good reasons;
    • Anticipate and address readers’ reasons for disagreeing with you, while encouraging them to adopt your position.
  • To be an effective academic writer, you must take on the right “habits of mind.” According to Greene and Lidinsky, academic writers:
    • Make inquiries–observe, ask questions, examine alternatives;
    • Seek and value complexity–resist binary thinking, consider all topics open for discussion;
    • See writing as a conversation–and demonstrate sensitivity to those involved in the conversation;
    • Understand that writing is a process–a continual process of discovering ideas, drafting, and revising; and
    • Reflect on their own learning and writing.

In your initial post, use these 5 categories to analyze one of the “Becoming Academic” narratives from Chapter 1: either Coates’ “Between the World and Me,” Rodriguez’s “Scholarship Boy,” or Graff’s “Disliking Books.” Then, compare your experience as a learner to the experience of the author whose work you have analyzed. Make sure that your post does all of the following:

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  • Examine how the author displays at least three of the five habits of mind; use specific examples from the text to illustrate your analysis.
  • Compare your experience as a learner to the experience of the author.
  • Quote the article you are analyzing at least once, using MLA guidelines for in-text citations of the quoted material.

Your discussion post should be around 250-350 words and should directly quote the article you are analyzing at least once. Use MLA guidelines to create in-text citations.