Assignment 1.1: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I PrewritingWhen 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:What’s interesting or helpful about this view?
What would I notice if I believed this view?
In what sense or under what conditions might this idea be true?”