Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I and Critical Thinking, writing assignment

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:

  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.

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.

ASSIGNMENT MODEL:

Full
Title of Paper Using Normal Capitalization Rules

Your
Name

Instructor’s
Name

Strayer
University

Course
Name
Repeat Full Title Here One Inch from Top of Page

[You are writing this first assignment as an outline
only.]

I. Topic & YOUR POSITION: (one selected from www.procon.org)

II. Premises (reasons):
Identify three (3) premises under the
pro/con section that OPPOSE your position and complete the thoughts listed.

  1. Premise
    1:

  1. What
    is interesting or helpful about this view is……

  2. If
    I believed this way, I would notice…..

  3. This
    idea might be true if…..

  1. Premise
    2:

  1. What
    is interesting or helpful about this view is……

  2. If
    I believed this way, I would notice…..

  3. This
    idea might be true if…..

  1. Premise
    3:

  1. What
    is interesting or helpful about this view is……

  2. If
    I believed this way, I would notice…..

  3. This
    idea might be true if…..

Please
notice that this is double spaced with one inch margins using APA style title
page and headings. This part is
NOT to be written in essay form; you can simply download this document
and insert your own information in the appropriate places.

References

List references in alphabetical order using APA style
formatting; see tutorial for demonstrations.

General form:

Author. (Year). Publishing
information.

Examples:

Kirby, G.R. &
Goodpaster, J.R. (2007). Thinking: Upper
Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Milton,
J., Jones, M. & Smith, T. (2010). Right ways of thinking. Historical Journal of Thought, 24,
225-229. Retrieved from www.historicaljournal.edu

Stonewall,
U. (2012). Psychology and thought: Why
you should think critically.
New York: Penguin Books, Inc.

[PLEASE NOTE CAPITALIZATION OF ARTICLE AND JOURNAL TITLES
AS WELL AS BOOK TITLEs; IN FACT, PLEASE NOTE ALL PUNCTUATION AND
CAPITALIZATION—AND SEE TUTORIALS IN THE STUDENT CENTER FOR OTHER DETAILS.]