Project #33455 - ENG 015 ASSIGN #3

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    1. Image of Discussion forum icon Short Writing 3: Draft a one-to two-page response to "Notes toward a Tentative Position" (questions 14) on page 70 of the textbook. Submit your responses to the Short Writing 3 Discussion Forum no later than 11:59 PM (ET) on Tuesday. You also can use this forum to ask questions about the chapter reading and the essay assignment.

  1. Short Writing 3 Response: Respond to two of your classmates' Short Writing 3 drafts, commenting on what (if anything) you know about the issue raised in the post, what considerations the writer might not have addressed, and what you find compelling about the debate. Due by 11:59 PM (ET) on Thursday.
  2. Image of Discussion forum icon Assignment 3 Rough Draft: Submit a first draft of your Position Argument Essay to the Assignment 3 Draft Review Discussion Forum by 11:59 PM (ET) on Sunday




Assignment 3: Position Argument Peer Review Sheet


Reviewer’s Name:

This review responds to a draft written by:


Once you’ve downloaded the draft that your instructor has assigned to you, read it all the way through. Then write responses to the questions below, save this file as “SMITH Assignment 3 Review JONES” (substituting the essay writer’s last name for “SMITH” and your last name for “JONES”), and upload it to the Assignment 3 Peer Review Discussion Forum, following the due dates in the course schedule in the syllabus. You may wish to copy and paste the actual paper itself to the end of this file.

Be as specific as possible with your comments and questions. Don’t hesitate to ask the writer questions about his or her draft, especially if you think there are gaps or missing details that need more explanation.


  1. Comment on the introduction of the essay. This is the portion of the position argument where the writer should define the situation or issue being addressed, identify (in a sufficiently compelling way) why the issue and position warrant readers’ attention and establish an audience who is (or should be) especially invested in this debate. How and why does the introduction of the draft essay engage you as a reader? To what extent does this draft respond to the functions of an introduction listed above?



  1. Copy and paste the thesis (or main position) of the argument essay in the space below. Next, comment on the clarity of the position statement, remembering that “readers justifiably expect that the writer’s line of thinking will be easy to identify and to follow” (Trimbur 65). Also address whether or not the statement is appropriately qualified. (See page 77 of the textbook and the Lesson 8 commentary to review how and why to qualify claims.)


  1. An effective position argument employs evidence that supports the writer’s stance and also explains how this evidence supports the claim. What is one compelling piece of evidence used in this draft? Why do you find it compelling? Does the essay explain the supporting evidence? Or should the writer add or develop the explanation?


  1. Are there specific claims or uses of evidence in the draft that you find confusing or problematic? If so, explain.



  1. How would you describe the tone of the position argument? (If you can, identify key words or phrases that suggest this tone.) Do you find the tone to be effective, given the issue and the writer’s position? Why or why not? What adjustments in tone—if any—would you suggest?


  1. Describe what you take away from the conclusion of the position argument. What is the conclusion suggesting or asking? Comment on if and how the conclusion aligns with the body of the essay and also answers a larger “so what” question.



Assignment 3: Position Argument Revision Workshop


Student Name:

Essay Title:


1.   What did you learn about your position argument draft from reading your peer reviewer’s comments? What did you learn from reading another student’s draft of this assignment? How will these lessons shape the revision of your draft?


2.   Discuss how your draft position argument includes the basic parts of an argument discussed in chapter 3: claims, evidence, and differing views. What are the primary and supporting claims advanced in your argument? What are your thoughts about the evidence you have chosen to include in the draft? What views have you included in the draft, and which have you not included? Explain your choices.


3.   Examine the body paragraphs of your draft. Identify the main topics of the paragraphs by highlighting them. If the paragraph has more than one main point, or if you notice that a paragraph shifts to a new topic halfway through, that is a sign that you should start a new paragraph with a new topic sentence. Revise your draft to improve paragraphs accordingly.


4.     How does the title of your position argument connect meaningfully or creatively to your essay?


5.     On pages 596-600 of your textbook, Trimbur explains how to edit for clarity and variation. In the space below, paste one paragraph of your rough draft.  Paste a second version of that same paragraph and edit it for greater precision, less vagueness, and sufficient variety.


Which sentence-level revision strategy will you primarily focus on as you edit your full draft?



Assignment 3: Position Argument

Instruction Sheet

Argue a point. Take a stand. Correct a misconception. Refute an argument or belief. Question an assumption. In a paper of 4–5 pages, identify an interesting issue that you feel needs to be rethought, explored, and argued about. Explain why the issue needs to be addressed, and translate your stance (or position) into a thesis statement. Support your position with good reasons (specific details and examples).

Most generally, argument refers to the verbal or visual delivery of a point of view and the use of logical reasoning (good reasons) to help an audience understand that point of view as true or valid. For this assignment, you will want to demonstrate "genuine argument" or "a position that is devoted to understanding the reasonable differences that divide people and using this understanding to clarify the issues" (Trimbur, 62). Thus, for this assignment you will examine and respond to arguments started by others, exploring what claims have and have not been made about a certain issue as you articulate and explain your own position.

To What Issue Should I Respond?

Please see the Lesson 7 commentary for guidance in choosing an issue that is of interest to you and appropriate for this assignment. Whether the issue you choose is serious, light-hearted, or something in between, it must be debatable and lend itself to genuine disagreement. Ask your instructor if you have questions about making this selection.

What Should My Position Argument Include?

Your argument should do the following:

    1. Open by (1) defining the situation or issue that calls for your attention, (2) establishing an audience who is (or should be) invested in this debate, and (3) explaining why the issue warrants further consideration.

    1. Provide a qualified thesis that succinctly states your position on the issue.

    1. Supply evidence that supports your claims and explain how this evidence reinforces your claims.

    1. Acknowledge and respond to others' viewpoints.

  1. Conclude by answering the "so what" question for readers, perhaps by providing a sense of the larger implications for your position, by making a recommendation for action, or by identifying how your position appeals to shared beliefs.

As you consider your audience and the possibilities for productive disagreement, be mindful of your tone. You can hold an opinion and advance an idea without being confrontational. In fact, in sophisticated arguers concede points to each other and search for common ground. This behavior shows a willingness to engage in genuine dialogue, and it also creates a positive atmosphere for the disagreement. See pp. 307-308 in the textbook for guidance on maintaining the appropriate tone for disagreement.

Additional Requirements

    1. Your position argument must (1) respond to an issue that lends itself to legitimate debate and (2) include positions other than your own from that conversation.

    1. Your position argument should have a clearly stated, qualified thesis (and supporting claims) that is reinforced by evidence that you meaningfully link to your position.

    1. Your essay should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. These portions of the essay should develop and fulfill readers' anticipation while enhancing your argument.

    1. Your essay should have a title—strive for one that is meaningful and/or creative.

  1. The final length of this assignment is 4—5 pages (1,300—1,600 words). Your final submission should be word-processed, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides. Please use 12-point, Times New Roman font.



Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 06/30/2014 12:00 am
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