LC English Lab

Mr Thomas — Lynden Christian High School English

Watch Your Step

Acts of Inquiry, University of Washington, 2013

” . . . the writer calls attention to the writer’s gap in research of an issue, and then uses the rest of the essay to fill in the gap.”

     If you want to tear someone to pieces, here’s a good place to start.  It requires you to understand a few things about fallacies, but, if you want to poke someone in the eye, the Minding the Gap Intro will get you there.

     As with the Paradoxical Introduction, you better know your stuff, and you better be ready to pile it on.  If you are going to stand toe-to-toe with someone, you have to be able to do a quick Rhetorical Analysis (ELPS/OPTIC), assess their major appeal (Ethos, Logos, Pathos), and respond appropriately.  As a general rule:

Argue Logos with Pathos/Ethos

Argue Pathos with Logos/Ethos

Argue Ethos with Logos


  1. Set up one side of an argument about America that you disagree with
  2. Point out why this argument does not work
  3. Write a Minding the Gap Introduction
  4. Finish with your Major Claim as you lead your reader into the rest of the paper