TA example

  1. The TA (Text Analysis) exercise is worth 10 points.  This is actually “extra credit” because I overlooked this when I wrote the syllabus; during the academic year of 14 weeks, students in this class have to do this exercise four times.
  2. Your task is to read and analyze a 1-2 page passage from a text provided, for arguments and non-arguments:
  3. You must identify at least two arguments in the selection from MLK’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and
  4. a total of 5 distinct “things done with words.”  Identify them with highlighting.
  5. In identifying arguments, you must give a reason why it is inductive or deductive (preferably identifying it by type). Make sure your claim of what a passage is really matches the definition, and that you can defend it; every misidentification costs a point.
  6. For the arguments, explanations, conditionals, explications, and illustrations, you must create a footnote (in “References” on the toolbar) in which you spell out the details or provide your paraphrase:[1]
    1. for the Arguments, present them as a numbered series of premises followed by a conclusion;
    2. for the Explanations, identify the explanans and the explanandum;
    3. for the Conditionals, identify the antecedent and consequent;
    4. for the Explications, identify the explicated point and the meaning of it;
    5. for the Illustrations, identify the claim and the example(s).
    6. Reports, Opinions and Warnings: the footnote need only say it is what it is.

Copy the text from the website to a Word document, add your highlighting and footnotes; save it with your name  in the filename.

[1]   Take note: You insert the footnote number after the relevant passage or sentence.

 

 

Here is an example of what it should look like:

TA example