Project #15825 - Critical Thinking

Three Mini assignments: Marked as #2, 3 and 4 please read the each assignment (Assignments are marked as #2, 3 and 4 these are three separate mini assignments)

  1. Close reading: Point/Counterpoint

Visit the Rio Salado Library and access the CQ Researcher database. From the CQ Researcher main page, click on Browse Topics and narrow by Pro/Con reports. Select an issue that interests you that is rooted in an ideological argument.

  • Read both sides of the argument carefully, and take notes on the strengths and weaknesses that you observe.
  • You will be asked to write a short response (3-4 paragraphs), that summarizes both sides of the issue and applies the four tests that were described in this lesson and in the text. Which side comes out with the strongest argument, and why? You will have to use clear evidence from the text to support your reading. 

 

  • 3.  Reader's log: Assessing Your Convictions. This log will ask you to practice the identification of empirical reasoning in context and draw inferences from empirical data.

 

On page 271 in the textbook, you will find a list of sample questions that are missing a conclusion. Select one of these to focus on for your log.

  • Once you select your sample, try to fill in the blanks.
  • In 1-2 paragraphs, describe the context clues that informed you that this was an empirical argument, and the clues that helped you to fill in the blanks to draw your conclusion.
  • 4. Close reading: Empirical Humor

 

The following studies use empirical reasoning in order to make a humorous observation. Despite the intention, each of the following use an experimental design and can be evaluated as empirical arguments. The assignment will focus on food, since it's something that everyone knows well! Select one of the following to study in more detail:

  • The Stinky Meat project. This site actually contains two different experiments. Select one. For those with weak stomachs, be advised that the experiment involves observing the decomposition of food.
  • My Children: The Food Experiment
  • Living off food storage: Part 1 and Part 2

You will be asked to write a short response (3-4 paragraphs), that summarizes the goal of the experiment and the solution. You will use the provided context clues to conduct an evaluation of the experiment by following the guidelines in the text. Was this well designed? What worked? What would you change? Be sure to use clear evidence from the text to support your reading.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/02/2013 12:00 am
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