To prepare for this week’s discussion, first go to YouTube and watch two videos:
(The above links are current; if they do not work, search for videos using the titles/key terms above.)
Now read “Lucy, You Have Some ‘Splainin’ to Do,” pp. 326-330 in The Writer’s Way.
For this discussion, think about the ways the student author, Nicole Benbow, connects something most of us are familiar with (The I Love Lucy television series) to larger issues concerning perceptions of women in the workplace. Think about how she tries to get us to see the TV series—and the larger issue—in a new way.
In your initial post, write a 75- to 150-word response in which you address the following questions:
- What is the central point/thesis? What evidence does the author give to support this thesis? Is her argument convincing?
- What is your reaction to this essay? Do you find Benbow’s argument convincing? Why or why not?
- A good argument needs counterarguments. Can you think of some reasonable opposing views to Benbow’s argument?
- Note the unorthodox structure the author employed in writing this essay. She begins with a riddle and solves it at the end. Is this an effective way to write an essay? What other rules does she “break”?