Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Blogging the Third Essay Workshop: Non-violent Theory and Practice

What does it sound like to begin this essay?

Consider using the following template in your own words:

This essay is about non-violent theory and practice. The main elements of Dr. King's non-violent theory are______________________________________________. Name keywords. Define keywords. Give an introduction (context) to your reader (they haven't read the essays, perhaps you could briefly introduce here the ones you're working from. In practice, the main reason these elements of non-violent theory worked was because _______________________________________. Invent your keywords? Define them. Connect them back to the previuos ones.

We can see the non-violent element of ___________________ working in Birmingham in April 1963. Introduce PBS documentary Citizen King and summarize what you saw for those that didn't see it. Retell the story of Birmingham. Then describe the non-violent element you're talking about and how it connects to the practice of non-violence. Explore critical thinking connections that explain to the reader why all of this is so important, and how it connects to other ideas.

More Structure

The key ideas of non-violence are [idea 1], [idea 2], and [idea 3]. Define them. The most important way these ideas become expressed in real situations are [your idea a], [idea b], and [idea c].

paragraph = idea 1 (from text) and idea a (your idea)
paragraph = idea 2 (from text) and idea b (your idea)
paragraph = idea 3 (from text) and idea c (your idea)

example paragraph = idea of agape and your idea of bodily sacrifice


The class Tweets contain a wealth of ideas. Explore them and consider bringing them into your arguments and your critical thinking.

In-class Research

Some of you are doing background reading on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Birmingham march on sites like Wikipedia, while others of you are doing research on religion and psychology. This is fine, but remember that Wikipedia can't be one of your sources. Can that site link to your sources that you can use or find in the library? Do you have ideas about how you can bring in some of the 'general knowledge' you find on sites like this to help your context sentences in your essay (both in the introduction and in the paragraphs)?

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