An Agent for Change
Welcome to Unit 3 Everyone!
Everyone did a wonderful job coming up with ideas to explore this term related to a community problem. I'm eager to start reviewing those Unit 2 assignments and see how those ideas are starting to come into focus.
This week, we will shift gears and start thinking about the elements of an argument and ensure that the topic is researchable. You will brainstorm research questions that can help you understand your topic better in the discussion board.
After developing research questions, you will craft an initial thesis statement. Don’t panic! Your thesis will evolve over the course of the term, as will your ideas. We are just establishing a clear starting point and developing our ability to construct persuasive (not informative) thesis statements.
If you get stuck drafting a thesis or clarifying your ideas, it may not hurt to visit the KU Writing Center's live tutors to ask for some help. You can even draft a thesis and visit them to see if it fits the enthymeme structure and presents a clear problem and solution.
Here's what you need to do this week:
Unit 3 Seminar PowerPoint:
Working with sources: Summarizing and adding your ideas
Self-compassion skill: Working with disappointment
When in school, moments of disappointment or feeling like a failure are inevitable. They are a necessary part of the learning process.
Think about one piece of feedback you received this week or one area of schoolwork that you really struggled with. Allow yourself to experience the full range of emotions that come with that disappointment and even jot down the thoughts that come with it.
Then, take a few deep breaths and place your hand over your heart. Turn towards those feelings with kindness and offer love to those negative feelings.
What new ideas arise when you accept your disappointment and treat it with kindness? What will you do differently next time?