Assignment 1.1: Conflicting
Viewpoints Essay – Part I
Due Week 2 and worth 30
When looking for information about a particular issue, how often do you try
to resist biases toward your own point of view? This assignment asks you to
engage in this aspect of critical thinking by playing the “Believing Game.” The
Believing Game is about making the effort to “believe” – or at least consider –
the reasons for an opposing view on an issue.
The assignment is divided into two (2) parts.
In Part I of the assignment
(due Week 2), you will first read a book excerpt about critical thinking
processes: “The Believing Game and How to Make Conflicting Opinions More
Fruitful” at http://www.procon.org/sourcefiles/believinggame.pdf. Next, you
will review the Procon.org Website in order to gather information. Then, you
will engage in prewriting to examine your thoughts.
Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write an essay geared towards
synthesizing your ideas.
Part I – Prewriting: Follow the
instructions below for this prewriting activity. Use complete sentences and
adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and
1. Select one (1) of the approved topics from the www.procon.org Website and state
your position on the issue.
2. From the Procon.org Website, identify three
(3) premises (reasons) listed under either the Pro or Con section – whichever
section opposes your position.
3.For each of the three (3) premises
(reasons) that oppose your position on the issue,
answer these “believing” questions suggested by Elbow:
- What’s interesting or helpful about this view?
- What would I notice if I believed this view?
- In what sense or under what conditions might this idea be true?”
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
- Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and
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
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment
- 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.
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