Assignment part 1 (main
Assignment part 3 (student examples)
Group Activity: Finding the Logic Behind Problem
Context: Imagine that an accident has occured, and
you are the investigator assigned to the case. The problem has
been fixed temporarily, but to make sure it doesn't recur, you
have to come up with a possible explanation of the "why"
based on the limited information available at the accident site.
The explanation you generate may be able to ensure that such an
accident does not occur again. In a way, what you will be doing
in this exercise is like such detective work. Like the accident
the detective is investigating, the problem areas in the samples
have already been identified and possibly even fixed. It is your
job to try to discern the logic behind these areas to prevent
them from recurring.
Directions: Read the first sample, and then answer
the following questions. After completing the questions for the
first sample, proceed to the second. Repeat the procedure with
the remainder of the samples.
1. Could the problem area reflect a misunderstanding
of the assignment?
2. Are there any situations in which this approach
would be desirable? (i.e., in another genre, if the assignment
were different, etc....) Name a few.
3. Could the writer be misapplying previous advice?
4. Based on your answers to the previous questions,
try to determine the logic behind the problem:
5. How can you adjust/replace this logic to prevent
the problem area from recurring?