Assignment: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay

Assignment: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay

Assignment: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay

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Assignment 1.1: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I Prewriting Due Week 2 and worth 30 points

When looking for information about a particular issue, how often do you try to resist biases toward your own point of view? This assignment asks you to engage in this aspect of critical thinking by playing the “Believing Game.” The Believing Game is about making the effort to “believe” – or at least consider – the reasons for an opposing view on an issue.

The assignment is divided into two (2) parts. In Part I of the assignment (due Week 2), you will first read a book excerpt about critical thinking processes: “The Believing Game and How to Make Conflicting Opinions More Fruitful” at http://www.procon.org/sourcefiles/believinggame.pdf. Next, you will review the Procon.org Website in order to gather information. Then, you will engage in prewriting to examine your thoughts. Note: In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write an essay geared towards synthesizing your ideas.

Part I – Prewriting: Follow the instructions below for this prewriting activity. Use complete sentences and adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling. 1. Select one (1) of the approved topics from the www.procon.org Website and state your position on the issue. 2. From the Procon.org Website, identify three (3) premises (reasons) listed under either the Pro or Con section – whichever section opposes your position. 3.For each of the three (3) premises (reasons) that oppose your position on the issue, answer these “believing” questions suggested by Elbow:

a. What’s interesting or helpful about this view?

b. What would I notice if I believed this view?

c. In what sense or under what conditions might this idea be true?”

The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:

. Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.

. Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.

. Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

. Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

. Identify the informal fallacies, assumptions, and biases involved in manipulative appeals and abuses of language.

. Create written work utilizing the concepts of critical thinking.

. Use technology and information resources to research issues in critical thinking skills and informal logic.

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Grading for this assignment will be based on quality, logic / organization, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

 

Points: 30
Assignment 1.1: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Prewriting
Criteria
Unacceptable

Below 60% F
Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D
Fair

70-79% C
Proficient

80-89% B
Exemplary

90-100% A
1. Select one (1) of the approved topics from the www.procon.orgWebsite and state your position on the issue.

Weight: 20%
Did not submit or incompletely selected one (1) of the approved topics from the www.procon.orgWebsite; did not submit or incompletely stated your position on the issue.
Insufficiently selected one (1) of the approved topics from the www.procon.orgWebsite; insufficiently stated your position on the issue.
Partially selected one (1) of the approved topics from the www.procon.orgWebsite; partially stated your position on the issue.
Satisfactorily selected one (1) of the approved topics from the www.procon.orgWebsite; satisfactorily stated your position on the issue.
Thoroughly selected one (1) of the approved topics from the www.procon.orgWebsite; thoroughly stated your position on the issue.
2. Identify three (3) premises under either the “Pro” or “Con” section from procon.org.

Weight: 30%
Did not submit or incompletely identified three (3) premises under either the “Pro” or “Con” section  from procon.org.
Insufficiently identified three (3) premises under either the “Pro” or “Con” section from procon.org.
Partially identified three (3) premises under either the “Pro” or “Con” section  from procon.org.
Satisfactorily identified three (3) premises under either the “Pro” or “Con” section under “Con” from procon.org.
Thoroughly identified three (3) premises under either the “Pro” or “Con” section “from procon.org.
3. Provide answers to the “believing questions” for the three (3) premises that disagree with your own position.

Weight: 40%
Did not submit or incompletely provided answers to the “believing questions” for the three (3) premises that disagree with your own position.
Insufficiently provided answers to the “believing questions” for the three (3) premises that disagree with your own position.
Partially provided answers to the “believing questions” for the three (3) premises that disagree with your own position.
Satisfactorily provided answers to the “believing questions” for the three (3) premises that disagree with your own position.
Thoroughly provided answers to the “believing questions” for the three (3) premises that disagree with your own position.
4. Use complete sentences and adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling. Follow APA Style format.

Weight: 10%
Did not complete the assignment or had more than 9 errors in grammar, punctuation, mechanics, spelling.
Had 8-9 errors in grammar, punctuation, mechanics, spelling.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.