Assignment 1.3: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay ? Part IIISynthesizing and WritingDue Week 9 and worth 150 pointsThe assignment is divided into three (3) parts.For Part I of the assignment (due Week 2), you read a book excerpt about critical thinking processes, reviewed the Procon.org Website in order to gather information, and engaged in prewriting to examine your thoughts.* Remember that in the Week 2 Discussion, you examined the biases discussed in Chapter 2 of the Webtext.In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you identified, presented and evaluated two arguments, one supporting your own view, and one supporting the view that you don?t agree with.Part III ? WritingWrite at three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:1. State your position on the topic you selected for Assignment 1.1.2. Identify the strongest argument that supports your position in the debate. Present the argument and evaluate it (do it in an essay form, and so, differently than what you did in Assignment 1.2). Do the same for the strongest argument supporting your opponent?s view. Which argument is stronger and how can we assess that? 3. Explain your answers to the ?believing game? questions about the three (3) premises opposing your position from the Procon.org website.4. Examine at least two (2) types of biases that you likely experienced as you evaluated the premises for and against your position. 5. Discuss the effects of your own enculturation or group identification that may have influenced your biases.6. Discuss whether or not your thinking about the topic has changed after playing the ?Believing Game,? even if your position on the issue has stayed the same.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:Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student?s name, the professor?s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.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.Click here to view the grading rubric.
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