Communication o Critical Thinking o Personal Responsibility o Social Responsibility
Paper Criteria: * Topic selection—A current governmental or political (not historical) issue or problem of importance. * Content—Address the various sides of the current issue with the Student drawing personal conclusions based on their analysis of the issue, and demonstrating an understanding of its complexities. * Present an informed evaluation of the evidence and the different viewpoints surrounding the topic. Compare and contrast the different viewpoints of the sources cited, taking into account position limits. Analyze and question your sources’ assumptions. *Paper length—Your paper should contain a minimum of 750 words (not counting headings). (No maximum length). The paper should be typewritten, double-spaced, and based on information from a minimum of three sources (no maximum). * Writing style—With few or no typographical errors, misspelled words, and grammatical errors. Use proper complete sentence and paragraph structure. Improve your writing style by revising the paper as many times as necessary. * Citations—Anytime you borrow someone’s ideas, paraphrase or quote them, and cite all sources using an appropriate method approved by the Instructor. Construct a bibliography (e.g., a “work cited” or “End Notes” page) using an appropriate method approved by the Instructor.
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Contrasting Views Ideas Lists: There are four pairs of articles that you must read during the quarter for this exercise. As you read the work of each author, please identify the five (5) most important ideas that each person makes in their respective piece. Yes, you get to choose them. Post your list in the proper discussion forum. Also, please make sure that you take the authors’ words verbatim – don’t interpret or paraphrase anything here. Every item needs a page number.
Last Name of Author A Last Name of Author B
-Idea 1 (p. __) -Idea 1 (p. __)
-Idea 2 (p. __) -Idea 2 (p. __)
-Idea 3 (p. __) -Idea 3 (p. __)
-Idea 4 (p. __) -Idea 4 (p. __)
-Idea 5 (p. __) -Idea 5 (p. __)
Contrasting Views Compelling Position Paragraphs: After you have read the pairs of articles and made your lists of ideas, please write a detailed paragraph that explains which position (i.e. which author) you find more convincing and why. You must make reference to two (2) separate points that author makes in his or her piece. Note: Do not make any references to the other author here. These paragraphs should be seven to ten plus (7-10+) sentences long and must include parenthetical citations (p. __) for all brief quotes (yes, brief – I don’t want to see any long quotes here; paraphrase as much as possible) and any major ideas that are not yours.
+0-4 points for explaining the author’s first argument/piece of evidence
+0-4 points for explaining the author’s second argument/piece of evidence
+0-2 points for organization, clarity, and grammar
Contrasting Views Position Responses: Read over what your classmate’s posted and reply to two (2) people of your choice. It’s okay if you end up replying to the same person twice. What you write should reference specific details in your peer’s work and offer a meaningful point that draws on the content from the article(s). In short, “Great post, Tim! I totally agree with everything you said,” is NEVER acceptable. Your retort should be at least four to five plus (4-5+) sentences long.