Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.
Assignment Option #1: Compose an Effective Critique
For this assignment, write a brief critique of another author’s argument. Locate an editorial—a short (750-1,000 words) argument on a controversial topic in a prominent news source. Then follow the questioning process outlined on pages 216-227 of Engaging Questions. You will want to model your thesis after the position statements under the heading, “Formulating Your Position,” Preparing to Write [top half of page 220]; however, add supporting ideas that will be used as level I headings.
For example, the current thesis for a critique of the Hanson essay on p. 208 is,
- “In Response to Arguments against the Minimum Drinking Age,” the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) identifies arguments against the minimum legal drinking age and then suggests counter arguments. But in doing so, it plays fast and loose with the facts.
To adapt it for the requirements for this class, it could be rewritten as follows:
- “In Response to Arguments against the Minimum Drinking Age,” the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) identifies five arguments against the minimum legal drinking age including European drinking habits, alcohol-related accidents, the notion of an adolescent drinking phase, and the “forbidden fruit” myth and then suggests counter arguments. But in doing so, it plays fast and loose with the facts.
Include level I headings for the body and concluding paragraphs of your essay.
- For the sample thesis above, each supporting argument would have its own body paragraph and corresponding level I heading.
- Follow the basic essay format.
- Place the thesis at the end of the introductory paragraph.
- The thesis should make a judgment about an author’s written argument, with at least 3 supporting ideas.
- Address opposition.
- Include level I headings for each body paragraph and the conclusion.
- Cite at least two credible sources.
- Your written paper should be 2-3 pages in length not counting the title and reference pages, which you must include.
- Your paper must be formatted according to CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements.