Silence and the Notion of the Commons

Read the article carefully, make note of language (underline/highlight) that you sense is important to the development of the writer’s idea/s (key terms/concepts), draw/make (literally) connections across different parts of the text, ask questions, and make notes/commons for yourself in the margins (please open a doc, copy and paste the attached article and make annotation)

open a new doc, answer the following prompts:

1. What is the problem, dilemma or question that the author is trying to explore (the condition/ situation/state of affairs that the author is concerned about)? Often there is one overarching problem or question being raised with other related (closely linked) problems. Aim for 2-3 of well developed, complete sentences.

2. What are 3-5 important moments (1-3 sentences in length) in the essay where the author establishes his strongest, most clear and resonant observations/claims about this problem? Find the places in your text where these moments appear and type out quotes, using use correct MLA parenthetical citation. As you do so remember to underline the key words/terms/concepts that you feel make that section so important. If chosen well, these moments should directly lend insight into the problem (either by offering clarity or a complication, or some degree of both – tension/paradox) that you located above.

3. What conclusion (however tentative) has the author come to regarding the problem/question they’ve been exploring? This is their stance or argument, the way they see the problem and the way they want you/us to think about the problem as well. Often includes implications of the problem: How might it be addressed? How are we to keep thinking about it? Why is it important that we do so? Aim for a few well-developed sentences here.




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