Sample Philosophy Essay Prezi for Teaching Essay-Writing

A really nice sample essay Prezi you can use in your class:

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It explains a sample that includes exegesis and evaluation and focuses on the things students seem to miss most: that the introduction should be about the essay (rather than presenting information), that the reader needs some roadmapping (I’ve also heard it called ‘sign-posting’) and that essays are best when reader-centric. I’ve found this sort of focus on the reader helps students understand the perspective and tone they should take in a formal essay.

For those new to Prezi, it’s a dynamic presentation software that uses shifts in perspective and zoom to guide presentations (free to use online, and worth checking out here).

Thanks to the Leiter Reports, source for the Sample Essay.

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About benjaminjh

Benjamin Hassman is Director of the Conversation Center (https://clas.uiowa.edu/rhetoric/conversation-center) and a Lecturer in the Rhetoric Department at the University of Iowa. The Conversation Center builds on his experience with Service-learning, peer-leadership programs (like the Berwick Boys Foundation) and teaching for the Rhetoric Minor, including Speaking Skills, Advanced Speaking Skills, and the Conversation Center’s own RHET 2090 Conversation Practicum (based on an experiential learning model). His PhD in Philosophy of Language studied paradoxes, and their implication for how we understand the relationship between our sentences and the world.
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