Quick Write

Write for a couple minutes on the quote above.

Deliberately Target Your Purpose

Thinking is always guided by purposes. Your purpose is whatever you try to accomplish; goals and objectives. 

Figure out what you are after and how you are seeking it. Does what you do match with what you want to accomplish. 

Examine personal goals, economic goals, and social goals. Make a list of important goals and determine whether you find inconsistencies in them. 

Ask yourself, what am I trying to accomplish? Is this purpose realistic?

Superficial vs. Deep Thinking

What is the difference?

Clarify Your Thinking

Muddled Thinking is the key to a muddled life. – Anonymous

Our own thinking usually seems clear to us, even when it is not. If you are to develop as a thinker, you must learn the art of clarifying your thinking-of pinning it down, spelling it out, and giving it a specific meaning.

One of the most important things we can do to clarify our thinking and our understanding is to summarize your own words and what you think they said. 

Vague, fuzzy, blurred thinking is the enemy of critical thinking. Try to figure our the real meaning. 

How does this connect to our weekly journals?


Do not include my name, class, and date in the top of the post. 

Some started with what I think, feel, or believe. Remember, this is a research paper beginning with what you know.   

Assignments are on the navigation menu.

Grading criteria for the assignment are:

  • Clarity of Expression
  • Critical Thinking
  • MLA, sources, word count, word choice

Credible Sources

What do you think we mean when we say credible sources?

Analyzing Arguments

Chapter 5 in our textbook is about writing an analysis of an argument. This is what we are doing with out rhetorical analysis. We are analyzing the argument that the text and the author are making. This is an important skill to learn to become a better critical thinker. We should not only be clear with our arguments, but have an understanding of how other people make arguments. Why do you think that is?

In groups, summarize the points or takeaways of each section from our textbook. 

  • Examining the Author’s Thesis
  • Examining the Author’s Purpose
  • Examining the Author’s Methods
  • Examining the Author’s Persona
  • Examining Persona and Intended Audience

Pages 186-187 have checklists that are helpful for doing the work of analyzing arguments. Use these as guidelines to begin your analysis. 

Page 195 has a checklist for writing your analysis of an argument. Very helpful for the early stages of drafting. 

Writing Process

Read Anne Lamott – “Shitty First Drafts”

Annotate the text and we will discuss it in class. 

Research Worksheet

Using the research worksheet handout. Locate a scholarly source in the Chaffey library database to begin your research for the next paper. Fill in the top perspective and begin annotating your source.

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Quick Write

What texts are you considering for the Rhetorical Analysis?


  1. Proposal for rhetorical analysis
  2. Locate text for analysis
  3. Begin research
  4. Write Annotated bibliography
  5. Read  Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps Toward Rhetorical Analysis