Argument Evaluation

Argument Evaluation

Rutledge's Main Argument


Working with your small group, identify the author’s main argument in “Social Networks: What Maslow Misses” and make sure you understand her reasons for making it. Answer these questions.

  • What is her purpose in this article?
  • In what parts of the article does she make this purpose clear?
    • Include relevant quotations to support your ideas.
  • What passages help you identify the main ideas of the article?
  • What are the main pieces of evidence the author uses in order to support her argument?

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Rutledge Argument Evaluation

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Continue working with "Social Networks: What Maslow Misses."

Next, judge whether the argument is clear, convincing, and engaging by looking at the author’s proof of her main ideas. Include relevant quotations from the article in your answers.

  • How do people take advantage of digital connectivity to satisfy the various needs identified on Maslow’s pyramid?
  • How do people take advantage of digital connectivity to satisfy the various needs identified on Rutledge’s rewired version of Maslow’s model?
  • Based on how you function in your own life and what you see others do, how clear and convincing do you think Rutledge’s argument is?
    • Provide some reasons for your judgment about her argument’s accuracy and persuasiveness.

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Intro and Thesis Revision

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An introduction is a chance for your reader to understand what the topic of the paper is, what stories and other texts the paper will look at, and what the paper’s main argument—the thesis—will be.

In order to accomplish that purpose, an introduction typically has:

  • A smooth introduction to the topic—not a cheesy hook or a bland, general statement.
  • An appropriate level of formality.
  • A thesis that is specific, challenging, and based on evidence the paper will provide and analyze.

If you feel stuck as you search for ways to make your introduction interesting, look back over the first sentences of paragraphs in “Are you a Digital Native?” and “Social Networks: What Maslow Misses” for effective ways to introduce concepts and engage an audience.

  • Using your notes on the articles and video, revise your working thesis.
  • Then begin writing the introduction of your essay.

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Digital Divide Class Discussion


  • Share your evolving idea about your paper’s main argument with the full class.
  • Listen to the ideas your classmates are sharing and consider how you will make your own argument specific, creative, and persuasive.
  • Make notes as new ideas occur to you.

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Remember to compile relevant notes in the document you created in Lesson 3 for Unit Accomplishments.

Digital Divide Essay


  • Finish the introduction of your essay that you began.
  • Don’t forget that you need to spend one evening disconnected if you haven’t already, and you need to finish your interview of a Digital Immigrant before Lesson 8.