Assignment 1.2: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part II
Presenting and Evaluating Arguments
The assignment is divided into three (3) parts.
In Part II of the assignment (due April 28, 2018), you will identify, present and evaluate two arguments, one supporting your own view, and one supporting the view that you don’t agree with.
Part II – Arguments
- Briefly introduce your topic (it should be the same topic you worked on in week 2). Identify your own position in the debate, and the position that you don’t agree with.
- In the first paragraph, explain what a logical argument is. Refer to reliable sources. Be detailed in your explanations.
- Based on the research you’ve done in week 2, and also additional research when needed, choose the strongest argument in support of your view.
- Present the argument’s conclusion, and carefully list all of the premises. The conclusion, and each premise, should be formulated as a simple and complete declarative sentence.
- Carefully explain what exactly the conclusion and the premises try to say. How can each of the premises be supported with strong evidence? Refer to reliable sources, to actual studies done on the issue, etc.
- Evaluate the argument: are the premises well supported? Do they need additional support? Do they properly support the conclusion?
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.