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Class in America--2008

Caren Baldwin-Dimeo, Colby-Sawyer College
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This is a writing assignment for first-year composition. Students have a sample essay that uses statistics and case studies as evidence. Students are asked to use statistics persuasively.

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Learning Goals

The goals are:
to be able to find reliable statistics
to critically analyze those statistics
to present those statistics in clear and convincing ways

Necessary skills include research and writing.

Context for Use

What I have included here is a the short assignment that is particularly concerned with integrating statistical evidence into an argument. It is part of a larger assignment, and argumentative essay. It is one of the four essays that students must complete for this course.

Description and Teaching Materials

I have indluded the assignment handout here, but the sample essay would require permissions. I will bring it to the workshop. assignment handout (Acrobat (PDF) 11kB May15 08)

Teaching Notes and Tips

You would need to get a copy of Gregory Mantsios' "Class in America–2003. It is published in the course text I have selected, Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing, 6th edition(Colombo, Cullen, and Lisle, Eds.).


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