Helping Students Use Textual Sources Persuasively
According to Kantz, students face a number of challenges when working with sources. According to her, this difficulty arises from the fact that they were never taught how to carry out proper analysis and synthesis of materials, view assignments that involve writing as a form of creative thoughts that should result to an exclusive piece of work at the end, or view the presented facts simply as claims. Generally, Kantz claims when working with sources, students find difficulty in understanding sources because they treat them as stories. On the other hand, other students fail to understand what the real assignment is about. While many students expect the sources to tell the truth, the point is that the facts presented in these sources are a form of claims. Therefore, students fail to recognize the various texts in different sources as arguments.Helping Students Use Textual Sources Persuasively
Generally, as students gather information for their papers, they don’t pay attention to what they are reading. As a result, they do not recognize the important and the unimportant sources. Moreover, learners are faced with the challenge of “cognitive overload” in addition to lack of experience when it comes to handling complex tasks (86). In many cases, they sit down an attempt to gather all the information they need before writing their paper in just a single draft. As a result, it becomes difficult to incorporate new ideas.
Additionally, students are challenged by conflicting sources since according to them, these are categorized into two: “pros” and “cons”. They therefore find it difficult to come up with their own thoughts to say regarding the topic they are writing about. Kantz uses the characters of Alice and Shirley to lay out her ideas. While Shirley struggles to form original ideas in her writing, Alice grasps the idea of using sources to generate anew argument.Helping Students Use Textual Sources Persuasively