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Begin by writing a statement of the issue in a way that is free from bias or slanters – i


  1. Begin by writing a statement of the issue in a way that is free from bias or slanters – i.e., that does not predispose us to accepting one view / answer or the other.   (If you have a preferred view on this issue, I should not be able to tell from anything in this phase.) 

    Remember: An issue is a question or challenge on which reasonable people, thinking rationally, may disagree. This implies that the issue is sufficiently complex that there is more than one rational, intelligent, well-intentioned response to the question. 10 pts

Background / Introduction

  1. In one introductory paragraph, explain why this is an important matter, and define any key terms necessary to resolve this issue. (Example: If my issue is, “What is the best way to deal with alleged terrorists?” we would first need a good lexical and/or stipulative definition of the term “terrorism.”) Your purpose here is to explain to us why we should care. 10 pts

Two Alternate Points of View

  1. State ONE possible point of view (conclusion) on this issue. Cite at least THREE reasons (premises) why a proponent might hold that point of view. 20 pts 
  2. State AN ALTERNATE or opposing point of view (conclusion). Cite at least THREE credible reasons (premises) why you think someone might hold that point of view. 20 pts 

When presenting your two contrasting arguments, please organize them clearly as above, and number the premises you offer to support each claim.  

Note that at this stage, I am not asking you to identify actual individuals’ or groups’ statements  / writing on these issues -- only to identify a possible intelligent argument for each side, and possible reasons to support it. You will later move on to researching what actual advocates / thinkers are saying and why, and then evaluating their claims.  We have not yet explored what is expected in credible and appropriate sources, so any sources you cite at this phase will be disregarded.   The point here is only to identify a legitimate issue -- a question on which reasonable (thoughtful, intelligent, informed and well-intended) people, thinking rationally, might disagree. 

Edit and Proofread

  1. Proofread your work. Make sure your conclusions and premises are, in fact, statements. Make sure your language are tone are appropriate to academic research (no slang, jargon, text-speak, etc.) Make sure you have checked grammar, punctuation and spelling for accuracy and professionalism. Remember, this is a college paper, not an off-the-cuff personal chat. 15 pts..

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