cPrimary Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 200–250 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
For this Discussion Board, please complete the following:
Reflection is important to the process of writing research-supported arguments. In particular, when writing persuasive arguments, you should reflect on your experiences and how to bring those to life for your reader.
In your post, as you reflect on your own experiences in this class, describe how you will use research in your professional or personal writing going forward. Answer the following:
What have you learned that you can apply at work or in your personal writing?
How might incorporating research help strengthen your arguments personally or professionally?
Tips for Completing Your Post
Consider the most recent time that you made an argument in writing. Perhaps you wrote an e-mail to a supervisor or colleague at work in which you had to persuade them to take a particular course of action. Maybe you commented on a news article posted online.
How could you use research in these types of writing activities in the future to strengthen your argument and drive your point home for your reader?
Need an example?
The following is an example of what your primary post should look like:
The most important thing I have learned in this class is that research can make my arguments stronger. I’ve also learned that, contrary to what I previously thought, it’s not really difficult to do research to support my arguments. I just didn’t have the right tools before. Now that I know where to look to find credible sources and how to evaluate those sources and integrate them into my own writing, I feel more confident when I’m trying to get my point across and convince others. I will probably use research more in my professional life than in my personal life, but you never know. There are a lot of opportunities to include research when making arguments on social media or when trying to convince family and friends to take a course of action, like buying a product, using a service, or taking up a new hobby, as we’ve practiced in this class. I personally find myself engaged in political discussions quite often, but I sometimes don’t have the patience to back up my arguments with research. I know my arguments would be stronger if I took the time to look up articles and statistics that support my claims, so this is an area of opportunity for me going forward.