From AP to BU: Guiding Students Toward Higher-level Argumentative Writing

11:00 am on Monday, November 19, 2012
12:30 pm on Monday, November 19, 2012
Photonics Colloquium Room, Photonics Center, 9th floor, 8 Sait Mary's Street
Most BU students can write lower-level arguments, taking a side in a pro/con debate, answering a specific question posed in a prompt, providing evidence for a thesis provided to them. In other words, they have skills that earned them a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition exam. To succeed at BU courses, however, they need to write higher-level arguments that engage existing scholarly conversations, anticipate potential objections, recognize the broader implications of their claims, and account for motivations deeper than simply fulfilling a class assignment. This talk will offer specific concepts and classroom strategies to guide students toward the kind of higher-level argumentation expected across disciplines, including ways to plan, pace, and refine the writing process. Marisa Milanese, CAS