I am thinking of showing this in my comp class tomorrow:
If anybody has any suggestions for helping students develop arguments that go somewhere instead of simply engaging in circular thinking or simplistically setting up the 5-paragraph essay format, let me know. My classes don't meet that often, so it is hard to set up something where they brainstorm and work up to a thesis and then do outlining and then do a peer review; that eats up weeks I don't have.
I have in the past tried to make them outline our scholarly essays and that resulted in mutiny and very little understanding of the essay's structure, and commenting extensively on drafts does not seem to be making them improve. Discussion/Socratic questioning can sometimes work to model what you want but it also seems to require more sleep and more energy than I have at the moment.
In other news, I am so tired and so behind on everything. Arrrrgh. Wah.