Please see attached for assignment directions. ****This assignment is ONLY for Part 1- Prewriting.**** Please follow all directions needed to complete this assignment and please…NO PLAGIARISM! 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?” 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:This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details. This prewriting assignment has no page requirement. There is no requirement at this time to include references in the assignment. 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.
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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:
a. What’s interesting or helpful about this view?
b. What would I notice if I believed this view?
c. 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:

This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS).
The format is different than other Strayer University courses.
Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for
details.

This prewriting assignment has no page requirement. There is no
requirement at this time to include references in the assignment.
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.

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