Argument Analysis: Graff And Birkenstein

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Graff and Birkenstein argue in chapter 14 that instead of asking, "What is the author trying to say?" ask students to provoke discussions by asking questions such as "What is motivating the writer's arugment?" in order to better approach reading. Because of this, discussions tended to be "far livelier" and helped students identify a response to an argument. When we are not able to find what the writer is responding to, we have to infer with clues the writer provides in their text. This is important because usually a writer assumes that a reader is familiar with what they are trying to say. So when we try to figure out what is motivating these writers, we have to ask ourselves if the author is responding to an argument. Doing this can help us

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