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September 20, 2016
Read “Hidden Intellectualism” by Gerald Graff (pp. 244-251) of They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. Essay writers often combine elements of both narrative and argument when making a point about something. Graff does this in his essay. It is an example of a narrative and an argument.
Your purpose is to identify the parts of the narrative.
Answer the following questions:
What is the “hook” that Graff uses to get your attention as a reader?
The hook that Graff uses to get the attention of the reader is that of relating to ones life. Talking about someone in third person limited.
How does Graff “set the scene” of his essay?
What is Graff’s “thesis statement,” and how does it help you understand what his essay is or may be about?
As you read through the body paragraphs of the essay, what kinds of details does Graff include that “show” rather than “tell” how examples are working to build support for the thesis statement? What is an example of one of those “show, don’t tell” moments in Graff’s essay?
What kind of “passage of time” does Graff use to show a relationship between his argument and his examples?
Is it clear that Graff has a “moral to the story” or an argument of some kind? What is it? Why do you think that is the “lesson to be learned” from the essay?
Your assignment will be evaluated for answering the above six questions using
clear and thoughtful response;
signal phrases that shows the difference between what you say and what Graff says;
explanation that shows how you are thinking critically about a close reading of the essay.
Your assignment will be evaluated according to the attached rubric.