Note from the Professor…DO NOT use web pages that end in .com or
blogs. Those are not acceptable for college level writing as some of these
sites can be changed and the info is not verified.
Assignment 1.2: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part II (week 4)
Synthesizing and Writing
Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
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.
In Part I of the assignment (week 2) you read an 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 reviewed the Procon.org
Website in order to gather information. Then, you engaged in prewriting to examine your
In Part II of the assignment, you will write a paper to synthesize your ideas.
Part II – Writing
Write at three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
1. State your position on the topic you selected for Assignment 1.1.
Topic Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
Position is Pro
2. Identify (3) three premises (reasons) from the Procon.org
website that support your position and explain why you selected these specific reasons.
3. Explain your answers to the “believing” questions about the three (3) premises
opposing your position from the Procon.org website.
I’ve uploaded the Essay from Assignment 1.1
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:
This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University
courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
Based on the guidelines in SWS, "A well-researched assignment has at least as many sources as pages." Since this
assignment requires you to write at least 3-4 pages, you should include at least 3-4 references.
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