Discussion: Main Idea

Discussion: Main Idea

Engaged, curious reading is an essential first step toward being able to create scholarly arguments. In Discussion this week, you practice “joining the conversation” by creating an argument in response to a reading.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the materials on critical reading strategies and on the MEAL plan for paragraphs.
  • Read the provided article in the Learning Resources, taking note of where the authors make claims and support them with evidence.
  • Read actively, taking notes and asking questions. If you are a hands-on type of learner, you might find it helpful to print out the excerpt and mark it up physically; use whatever methods are most effective for you as a reader.
  • Decide what kind of argument you might make based on what you’ve read.

*********Post your initial 1- to 2-paragraph response that addresses the following:

  • What is an argument you can make about the topic based on this article? This sentence will serve as the main idea sentence in your eventual MEAL plan paragraph.
  • Explain why you have chosen this argument as a critical reader.


Rogers-Shaw, C., & Carr-Chellman, D. (2018). Developing care and socio-emotional learning in first year doctoral students: Building capacity for success. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 13, 233–252. https://doi.org/10.28945/4064