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Assignment 2: Critical Thinking
Paper Due Week 10 and worth 200 points
should present a reasoned, convincing argument for a position on a selected
Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you: 1. Follow
the five (5) steps of persuasion: establishing credibility, acknowledging the
audience’s position, constructing a rationale, transplanting root elements, and
asking for a response. 2. Clearly define your position and supporting
evidence. 3. Include all the necessary “evidence” for the reader to reach
the expected conclusion in each argument in the paper (whether the overriding
argument or one contained in an individual paragraph) 4. Ensure that each
argument in the paper (whether the overriding argument or one contained in an
individual paragraph) is valid and free from both formal and informal
fallacies. 5. Include at least four (4) references (sources). At least one
(1) of your sources must be obtained from the collection of databases accessible
from the Learning Resources Center Web page.
The paper should follow
guidelines for clear and effectively organized writing: • The paper is
well-organized, and every explanation is both complete and easy to
understand. • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph
for the paper. • Main ideas should be addressed in body paragraphs with a
topic sentence and supporting sentences. • Adhere to standard rules of
English grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. • The paper should be checked
for spelling and grammatical errors.
Your assignment must: • Be
typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or
school-specific 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: • Create written work utilizing the concepts of
critical thinking. • Use technology and information resources to research
issues in critical thinking skills and informal logic. • Write clearly and
concisely about issues in critical thinking using proper writing mechanics.