ART 1: ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
On a separate page or slide, construct a bibliography listing all the sources that you use [you should have at least FOUR (two independent sources for each opposing side of your issue)]. Use standard citation guidelines (i.e. choose either the MLA or APA and follow guidelines provided by their respective manuals). After each entry in the bibliography, briefly summarize the content of your sources and whatever arguments within. NOTE: If you use an online citation generator, you must proofread the citation; do not include an “n.d.” or “n.p.” unless you truly cannot find any date or publisher info for the source.
PART 2: ARGUMENT RECONSTRUCTION
On a separate page or slide, present TWO arguments―one from each opposing position of the issue. That is, once you have understood the arguments—distinguishing the apparent essential information from extraneous material and unsupported opinions—resolve the main conclusion and basic premises (state any implicit premises). Write the argument in standard form (line-by-line)—perhaps in a standard argument form as presented in the textbook. Then, use terms from CT Ch. 1-7 or the deductive logic reading to briefly describe each argument (Are the arguments meant to be deductive or inductive? If deductive, do they use any valid argument form? If inductive, what kind are they?). If you do well in this part of the assignment, Part 3 should be much easier.
PART 3: ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY OR VIDEO PRESENTATION
In a 2-page essay (500+ words double-spaced) or 10 min. video (with accompanying slideshow or handout), critically evaluate the contentious issue and the arguments on both sides. Consider the merits of each argument presented in Part 2 and decide which argument is stronger using criteria and critical questions presented in the reading. The THESIS of this essay should be a specific answer to one of the questions at the end of this document.
(I suggest you review this frequently – and especially before you submit your final draft)
PART 1 (100 pts.)
There are at least FOUR entries in total within your bibliography [40 pts.]
TWO articles were found using the library resources [10 pts.]
Use standard citation guidelines (MLA, APA, or Chicago) for all entries [30 pts.]
After every entry, briefly note which library resources were used and summarize the content of each source and whatever arguments within [20 pts.]
PART 2 (100 pts.)
Identify and present the main conclusions of TWO arguments [20 pts.]
Identify and present the basic premises of TWO arguments [20 pts.]
Present the reasoning to the main conclusion neatly in standard form [30 pts.]
Describe each argument using terms drawn from our reading, indicating any argument forms that are being used [30 pts.]
PART 3 (100 pts.)
The essay is 2+ pages (500+ words) or 10 min. video [30 pts.]
Present a clear, explicit, easy-to-spot thesis expressing your informed decision on the issue based on the evidence-at-hand [10 pts.]
Your body paragraphs each focus on the basic premises and the reasons from which you arrived at your position (one reason per paragraph; use topic sentences) [30 pts.]
Briefly consider an objection to your argument, one an informed person might make (you don’t have to be very thorough but try to be charitable; clarify any ambiguity using the guidelines from CT Ch. 3 [20 pts.]
Your conclusion is merely a recapitulation of your thesis and the reasons for your thesis; do not elaborate any more on your argument [10 pts.]
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