I realize that the Toulmin argument can provoke a bit of anxiety in my students and that’s entirely understandable. The Toulmin method identifies and provides labels for various elements of argumentation that we may be unfamiliar with—it isn’t that we’re unfamiliar with the element–it’s that we’re unfamiliar with the label associated with that element. So I’ve designed this video so that you can become a bit more familiar what’s with what’s being asked of you for this assignment. Let’s go ahead and jump right in with a bit of an introduction to this guy: Stephen Toulmin.
I want to continue our discussion about how to organize a piece of writing, specifically how do we take all of those diverse parts that go into an essay and tie them together to create one coherent whole. The principle that I like to teach my students is that “like ideas go together,” meaning that […]