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The Logic Behind Problem Areas (pt. 2)

Assignment Summary

Assignment part 1 (main summary)
Assignment part 3 (student examples)

Group Activity: Finding the Logic Behind Problem Areas

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?

Instructor's Comments

genre narrative, textual analysis, argument, profile, survey, summary and response
course WRT 101 and up
activity type group revision exercise, small group discussion, class discussion
skills logical reasoning, revision (holistic revision)
duration 1-2 classes
corrected essays
handouts: Group Activity Worksheet (html, Word document), Student Writing Examples (html, Word document)
contributor: Ryan Calvey