Student Learning Outcomes
- Analyze, compose, and reflect on arguments in a variety of genres, considering the strategies, claims, evidence, and various mediums and technologies that are appropriate to the rhetorical situation
- Use writing and research as a means of discovery to examine your personal beliefs in the context of multiple perspectives and to explore focused research questions through various mediums and technologies
- Integrate others’ positions and perspectives into your writing ethically, appropriately, and effectively in various mediums and technologies
Students construct a personal argument about their core beliefs while reading UNM’s Lobo Common reader, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. We explore the difference between opinion and belief, and I ask students to focus on how their personal experiences shaped their beliefs. Once students construct a sound argument supported by anecdotes and symbolic imagery, they incorporate research (historical accounts, professional opinions, and studies) can inform their audiences and reaffirm their beliefs.