Workshop on Academic Argument

Thursday, February 01, 2018 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Building 4, 253
182 MEMORIAL DR (REAR), Cambridge, MA 02139

Nora Jackson, Karen Pepper, Janis Melvold, Jo-Ann Graziano

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Limited to 18 participants

In one 2-hour workshop addressed to the MIT community (faculty, TAs and grad students especially welcome) we propose to explore written argument across several academic disciplines. As instructors in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP), we will present a comparison of written argument in various disciplines. We will consider structure, claims, evidence, and reasoning with an eye toward understanding what we are (or should be) trying to convey to students, designing assignments to help students acquire skill in argumentation, and structuring our teaching over the four undergraduate years to ensure that there is reinforcement and development without needless repetition.

We invite you to bring ideas for an assignment, an assignment you have used in the past, or notes on challenges you face for our discussion of teaching the foundational rhetorical skill of written argument.

Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication
Contact: Nora Jackson,


education, writing, argumentation

Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Add to my calendar

Recent Activity