Assignment 1: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I Due Week 2 and worth 30 points

Assignment 1: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I

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.

In this assignment, 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.
Follow the instructions below for this 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:
  1. What’s       interesting or helpful about this view?
  2. What       would I notice if I believed this view?
  3. 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.
 

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