On “The Limits of Friendship” – Pre-writing 3

Respond in lengthy paragraphs to each of the following prompts. Use what you’ve learned about the arts of summarizing and quoting to give Konnikova’s ideas a fair but critical hearing.

You’ll use the same basic structure in each of your responses.

First, use the arts of summarizing and quoting to convey her view to a reader who hasn’t read the article. Your reader should be able to understand her view without having to read the article.

Next, help your reader understand the sources of her views and why her views are worth taking seriously, whether you agree with them or not. You may need to provide your reader with information from earlier in the article to help them understand that her views are based in her careful consideration of ideas, facts, and viewpoints.

Then, having given her ideas a fair hearing, use the “They Say/I Say” templates from “Entering the Conversation” to respond to her views. Remember, the They Say/I Say exchange should happen more than once in each response and be focused around related ideas, deepening your reader’s understanding with each exchange.

  1. In paragraph 7, Konnikova points to the importance of shared experiences for friendship. Convey and consider her view and respond.
  2. In paragraphs 9-11, Konnikova reports on Dunbar’s research on the role of touch in social bonding in order to suggest that virtual connections may not bond people in friendship as effectively as in person connections. Convey and consider her view and respond.
  3. In the last paragraph of her essay, Konnikova worries that “some social skills may not develop as effectively when so many interactions exist online” (para. 13). Convey and consider her view and respond.

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