22 September 2014

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  • Writing in college is making claims and showing evidence
  • An obvious claim is a name
  • To prove that it is your name you can show your driver’s license, birth certificate, your Facebook profile, or ask someone who knows your name
  • “I don’t know” is a claim used all the time
  • All day we make claims and then back them up
  • “I am hungry” is a claim
  • Tummy rumbles, light headed, skin and bones, cold sweat, grumpy, lack of energy, and last time to eat are ways to prove that “I am hungry”
  • Make references to time to support claims
  • Clair Giannaula claimed “I am tired” because I only got so many hours of sleep or I am sick
  • Molly Appel claimed ” I went rock climbing”

To prove  Molly’s claim

  1.  Molly Appel could show us the blisters on her hands or her rock climbing gear
  2. We need more evidence to believe Molly
  3. Visual evidence could prove Molly’s claim
  4. A picture with date and time of Molly rock climbing
  5. We could see if Molly checked out gear or look at Molly’s texts
  6. Molly didn’t provide first hand narrative
  7. Molly’s blisters could have been from holding a rope
  • Making claims and giving evidence is a rigorous process
  • Joey Banghart said “I’m focused”
  • Joey Banghart is awake, has energy, is hydrated, and has written everything down
  • If a teacher asks if you are paying attention you can show them the notes you took as proof
  • Marina Crow claimed “I’m homesick”

To prove Marina Crow’s claim:

  1. Marina was looking at $800 plane tickets last night
  2. We can check Marina’s browser history
  3. Look at Marina’s calls and texts to her family
  4. Check the airlines, dates, and times that Marina was looking at
  5. We forced Marina to show us that she wanted to leave
  6. Marina wanted to go home from November 14-23
  7. The tickets can cost $650 but include lots of stops
  8. Marina wants to go back to Bethel
  • Erasing bowser history just erases it from the casual observer but not a scholar
  • A scholar digs deeper
  • If people say “Take my word for it” don’t believe it
  • A car dealer says “let me be honest with you” does that mean that they weren’t being honest before
  • This is collaborating evidence
  • Suspended empathy for people
  • That doesn’t mean to treat them with disrespect
  • The process of making claims and giving evidence is everywhere
  • Become conscious of the process

There are three steps to proving a claim:

  1. Notice the claim
  2. Gather the evidence
  3. Evaluate if the evidence proves the claim
  • A test is seeing if you can prove a claim
  • The first claim made in class was that Ben Miller could solve a Rubik’s Cube
  • Ben Miller showed us he could solve the Rubik’s Cube then we evaluated him
  • Making claims, offering evidence, evaluating evidence, and making a conclusion is as normal as breathing
  • Stop breathing stop living
  • Try not to make claims
  • Laziness in life
  • Sammy Smith claimed “I showered this morning”

To prove Sammy’s claim:

  1. Sammy’s hair is wet but it was raining this morning
  2. We could smell Sammy’s hair but we wouldn’t know if it was shampoo smell or not
  3. Sammy said ” My roommate used the bathroom while I was showering”
  • Scholars listen to the claim
  • Don’t take claims at face value
  • Raise questions
  • Bill “We are all animals”
  • What makes us different is the capacity to use language and understand
  • Reach conclusion or alter claim
  • Bill likes the words “So, therefore, but”
  • They are key terms
  • In ordinary conversations use them to set it up to go in a certain way
  • It is different than setting up conversation with “I just feel that”
  • Set up with a different scholarly tone
  • Bill didn’t like that Andrew Owens said “kids”
  • Bill thinks we are young scholars
  • Andrew Owens “Use different word choice”
  • Conversations fail or advance because of word choice
  • Scholars are clear on the words they use and how they are being heard in the mind of the reader
  • Why is there no negative response to the word “kids”
  • Katie Watson said “We are used to hearing it”
  • You can’t be a kid in the classroom you have to be a scholar
  • Rob Snodgrass said “What’s wrong with being a kid”
  • Bill said “Nothing unless it gets in the way of what you want”
  • Most people want a college education
  • Challenge, listen, change minds, argue, concede that someone has a good point
  • Active revisions
  • Notice what you do and perfect it in an educational setting
  • Make it public
  • Become conscious or aware of claims

Everyday life is made of claims. We make a claim and then prove the claim.  Claims shouldn’t be accepted at face value, but we should evaluate the claims we hear to prove they are true.

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