Friday, November 13, 2009
Here below are a series of drawings that take the format of a scale or balance beam. These were drawn by students in response to assigned readings in our course texts, including John T. Gage’s The Shape of Reason: Argumentative Writing in College
and Bill McKibben’s American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau.
I had given students 14 formats to use when composing their drawings, but this format was not one of them. There was in fact no format that would prompt students to contrast ideas, to demonstrate cause and effect, or to show the delicate balance and relationship between two concepts.
I appreciate what my students have taught me here, and I will add this format to future options.