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1: Introduction

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    Learning Outcomes

    • Recognize ourselves as participants in a larger academic conversation.
    • Explain how learning to write will help us academically, professionally, and personally.
    • See reading and writing as tools for careful critical thinking.

    • 1.1: Why Study Argument?
      Throughout our college and professional lives, we will be asked to analyze and write arguments. Writing arguments helps us develop slow thinking skills that are personally, professionally, and politically empowering.
    • 1.2: A Closer Look at Fast and Slow Thinking
      Fast, instinctive thinking can lead us astray because of human biases, while slow, deliberative thinking of the kind taught in college can help us see more clearly.
    • 1.3: What This Book Offers
      This book is meant as a practical guide to college writing. It starts with understanding and describing others' arguments, then moves on to assessing those arguments’ strengths and weaknesses and articulating our own points in response.

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    This page titled 1: Introduction is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Anna Mills (ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative) .