Argument Analysis Paper

  • Due February 26
    Length: 3-4 pagesFormat: Standard MLA, 12-point Times New Roman, Double Spaced, one-sided, stapled.
    For your first paper, you are to analyze one of the following arguments and provide your critique:
    1. Alice Dreger, “Science Is Forcing Sports to Re-examine Their Core Principles”, New York Times, September 12, 2009

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/sports/13dreger.html

    1. Chelsea Follett, “Student Activists Hurt the Workers They Try to Protect”, CATO Institute, June 21, 2017

    https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/student-activists-hurt-workers-they-try-help

    1. Thomas Sowell, “The ‘Diversity’ Fraud”, Jewish World Review, December 20, 2016

    http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell122016.php3

    1. Michael S. Roth, “Young Minds in Critical Condition”, New York Times, May 10, 2014

    https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/10/young-minds-in-critical-condition/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1&

    1. Bonnie Tsui, “Why is Asian Salad Still on the Menu?”, New York Times, April 27, 2017

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/opinion/sunday/why-is-asian-salad-still-on-the-menu.html

    1. Slovoj Zizek, “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce” transcript, Royal Society of the Arts, November 24, 2009 (There is an animated video up on YouTube. This is a more challenging argument)

    https://www.thersa.org/globalassets/pdfs/blogs/rsa-lecture-slovoj-zizek-transcript.pdfIn this paper, you are required to include:-A thesis that incorporates your assessment of the argument being analyzed.-The major conclusion reached by the argument being analyzed.-The argument (i.e. the premises) that supports the conclusion provided by the author.- What points do you think are strong about the argument.-At least two criticisms or fallacies that you find in the argument, and whether or not this criticism undermines the overall argument.Note: In the context of this paper, “critique” means that you provide a detailed analysis and assessment of the argument, acknowledging both strengths and weaknesses. It does not mean that you are to tear it apart, which is sometimes how critique is used in popular media.Rubric for an ‘A’ analysis (100 points total)

    Points Possible Points Earned Criteria
    15 Student’s Thesis: A critical thesis is stated in the introduction that organizes the paper into a clear framework of how the argument is critiqued, and it accurately reflects what is presented in the paper.
    20 Argument’s Thesis: Student clearly identified the thesis of the author without distortions.
    25 Argument’s Premises: Analysis clearly lays out the important points of the argument and explains how they fit together.
    15 Identifies Strengths: Student credits the author in terms of points that are strong, regardless of whether they agree or disagree with the author.
    15 Identifies Weaknesses or Fallacies: Students identifies at least two fallacies or points of criticism against the argument, and explains whether these undermine the strength of the argument.
    10 Surface Features and Organization: The paper is free from errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Writing is of an economic style, and the paper is clearly framed by a thesis and clear structure.
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    Critique of Inductive Reasoning Paper

    Critique of Inductive Reasoning PaperDue March 28

    Length: 4-5 pagesFormat: Standard MLA, 12-point Times New Roman, Double Spaced, one-sided, stapled.

    For your position paper, you will give a detailed critique of one of the forms of inductive reasoning that we have studied in this course. Your choices are: Analogical Reasoning Causal Reasoning Probabilistic Reasoning Statistical Reasoning Hypothetical ReasoningFor your paper to be complete, it must contain the following while clearly giving your answer:a) A thesis in the introductory paragraph that states your main conclusion of this critique in a single sentenceb) A section that clearly identifies the components and operation of this form of reasoningc) A section that clearly identifies the strengths and proper application of this form of reasoningd) A section that clearly identifies the weaknesses and misapplication of this form of reasoningRubric for an ‘A’ analysis (100 points total)

    Points Possible Points Earned Criteria
    15 Thesis: A critical thesis is stated in the introduction that organizes the critique into a clear framework of the position taken, and it accurately reflects what is presented in the paper.
    20 Components & Operation: Student clearly lays out the important components and how this form of reasoning functions.
    20 Strengths & Proper Application: Student clearly lays out the advantages of this form of reasoning and the situations where is should be applied.
    20 Weaknesses & Misapplication: Student clearly lays out the advantages of this form of reasoning and the situations where is should be applied.
    15 Organization: Writing is of an economic style, and the paper is clearly framed by a thesis and clear structure. Each paragraph starts with a topic sentence.
    10 Surface Features: The paper is free from errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
 
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