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ERIC Number: ED307612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-18
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Beyond the Enthymeme: Sorites, Critical Thinking, and the Composing Process.
Hill, Carolyn
A teacher presents a writing exercise designed to facilitate audience-directed, critical thinking during the process of composing, that starts students thinking in terms of sorites and enthymemes. Students first read a CIA manual, "Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare," that instructs the Contra guerrillas in illegal acts and then free write a letter for 10 minutes. Students then pull out sorites and enthymemes from their free writing and use one of them as the logos of their first paper. The exercise (1) promotes self-discovery and subjective knowledge via use of the student's own voice; (2) encourages critical thinking and constructed knowledge via consideration of the intended audience; (3) empowers the students through small group work and collaboration; (4) enables the students to recognize the dynamic interrelationships among ethos, pathos, and logos by encouraging them to write emotionally; and (5) recognizes that enthymemic reasoning is the process by which the writer decides what is necessary based on what the writer desires and what the audience accepts as already known. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A