Kevin deLaplante’s “How to Write a Good Argumentative Essay” Series

Kevin deLaplante, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Iowa State University, has composed and filmed an excellent set of videos entitled “How to Write a Good Argumentative Essay.” The full contents of this series are listed below the “Introduction” video below.

How to Write a Good Argumentative Essay: Introduction,” by Kevin deLaplante.

Kevin deLaplante writes:

This is the introductory video to a tutorial course on how to write argumentative essays.

Full table of contents:

Part 1: Guidelines for Structuring an Argumentative Essay
1.1 A Minimal Five-Part Structure
1.2 Writing the Introduction
1.3 Writing the Conclusion

Part 2: A Sample Essay with Some Problems (and Strategies for Fixing Them)
2.1 The Essay: “Should Teachers Be Allowed to Ban Laptops in Classrooms?”
2.2 Analysis: The Introduction
2.3 Analysis: The Main Body: First Argument
2.4 Analysis: The Main Body: Second Argument
2.5 Analysis: The Main Body: Third Argument
2.6 Analysis: The Main Body: Evaluation and Recommendations
2.7 Analysis: The Conclusion
2.8 The Essay: Improved Version
2.9 The Essay: Improved Version with Commentary

“A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick,” by Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick,” by Jonathan Swift is one of the most enduring pieces of economic and political satire in the English language. This piece always makes for a lively class discussion, marking it as one of the true highlights of the term. It is almost as good as the stunned silence that has greeted Wendell Potter for the list six years.

A Modest Proposal,” by Jonathan Swift

“The Monkey’s Paw,” by W. W. Jacobs, A LibriVox Recording

Below is the YouTube.com posting of “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W. W. Jacobs, A LibriVox Recording.

The Monkey’s Paw,” by W. W. Jacobs (1863-1943) The Monkey’s Paw was written in 1902 by W.W. Jacobs. It’s a dark brooding tale which promises from the start that the light you see at the end of the tunnel is actually an oncoming train. Mr and Mrs White of Laburnum Villas step out toward that light by taking up the three wishes granted to the owner of the Monkey’s Paw. Terrible things have happened to previous owners of this artifact but surely the Whites will fare better than those who have gone before…

The Monkey’s Paw,” by W. W. Jacobs, Posted by FULL audio books for everyone.