An Everyday Argument

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According to the book an argument should have a catalyst, thesis or claim, support, linkage, and implications. My argument is between me and my sister. Every night we take turns washing the dishes. Last night was her turn, so tonight is my turn, but I have a lot of homework and don’t have enough time to wash the dishes, so I want her to take my turn. The catalyst for the argument is that I don’t want to wash the dishes even though its my turn. My claim is that I don’t have enough time to wash the dishes because I have too much homework. I support this argument by listing what homework I have and on average how long it takes me to finish it. The linkage is that I wont be able to get my homework done by the time I normally go to bed. The implication is that I will be tired in the morning if I have to stay up later than usual to finish my homework.

Topic: Arguments

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The book “So What?” gives a scenario about an employee asking his boss for a raise. The employee states his claim and gives reasons for why he should get this raise. He continues to give reasons and shows evidence that he deserves this raise. The book goes on to say that the employee’s argument would have been stronger if he would have given reasons and evidence in the beginning of his argument. The book also says an everyday argument might work when both the person arguing and the audience share a lot of background knowledge.

I thought that the last statement was interesting. The author’s were trying to say that if a person arguing and the audience share background knowledge, then there is more common ground for the argument meaning less room for assumption. This is just how I interpreted it, I might be way off. I think that this is true to an extent. I know that most people argue with the people closest to us (who share the most background knowledge). I argue with my parents and siblings all the time. For example, I might assume that my younger sister is faking that she is in pain just so she doesn’t have to help clean up, which will lead to an argument. Because I know her so well, I know that she doesn’t like cleaning up her messes and will try to get out of it, so I assume that she is faking that she is in pain. It is easier to argue with the people you are closest to because you share background knowledge.

Hopefully what I wrote made some sense…

My Experience with Language

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I was held back a year in the 6th grade because my reading and writing skills were poor. I hated reading, and every time I started a book I would get bored and not finish it. I did enjoy writing to tell stories, but I misspelled almost everything.  I had to go to tutoring for a year to catch up, which I finally did. To encourage me to read, my mom would buy me magazines because they were visually stimulating. Eventually, I moved onto chapter books and finished the entire Harry Potter series. After that I was hooked to reading. Today I am an avid reader, mostly consisting of fiction romance novels. My relationship with language is a love-hate relationship.

At first I struggled a lot, and was terrified of writing papers; I still don’t like writing papers. However, I don’t have as much difficulty with language, and I embrace it by reading often. I enjoy when an author uses descriptive language to paint a picture that I interpret as my own. Good authors know how to connect the characters to the reader so that you feel as though you’ve known this person for years. The best authors can use language to their advantage to get you hooked to the story, to the point where you can’t put the book down because it is that good. Language excites me when authors use it creatively and memorably so that it sticks out from the rest.