Chapter 2: Analyzing Arguments that are Born Digital


Thinking about Hyperlinks (pp. 19-23)

As you explore the three versions of the text, consider the following:
  • Where do each of the links lead?
  • How do you think the writer chose those links?
  • Considering the rhetorical situation, why do you think that the writer chose the links? What goal is he/she trying to accomplish by using the links?
  • For you, as a reader, are the links effective? Do they work well with the claim being made? Why or why not?
  • How does the argument change based on the link?

Hyperlink Exercise for School Lunch shown on page 21.


Want to explore hyperlinking more?



Thinking About Types of Evidence (pp. 25-41)


Hierarchy of Evidence (pp. 30-31)

To engage students in thinking about these questions, we suggest introducing the briefly to some of the types of evidence typically associated with debate: scientific law, statistical data, expert opinion, opinion of noted individuals, and anecdotal evidence.



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Steps for Writing an Amazon.com Review (p. 34)


Thinking about Graphic Design based on Robin Williams' Non-Designers Design Book (p. 40)


A brief presentation outlining the four elements of Robin William's four principles by Lisa Dawley, Ph.D. (Boise State University)





Links to articles, resources, and other materials mentioned in Chapter 2:


For more resources on teaching digital writing, please check out Troy's blog "Digital Writing, Digital Teaching" and resources on his wiki page. Additionally, check out the companion wiki for the books The Digital Writing Workshop and Crafting Digital Writing. For resources on Connected Reading, check out the companion wiki for the book Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World.