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Assignment 1: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I

Due Week 2 and worth 30 points

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.

In this assignment, you will first read a book excerpt about critical thinking processes: "The Believing Game and How to Make Conflicting Opinions More Fruitful" at Next, you will review the Website in order to gather information. Then, you will engage in prewriting to examine your thoughts.
Note: In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write an essay geared towards synthesizing your ideas.

Follow the instructions below for this activity. Use complete sentences and adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

  1. Select one (1) of the approved topics from the Website and state your position on the issue.
  2. From the 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:
    1. What's interesting or helpful about this view?
    2. What would I notice if I believed this view?
    3. 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 sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

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 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.

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Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I


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Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I


Conflicting Viewpoints Essay
It is common to see something good about an opinion on a particular issue, but another
person bears a different view. The believing game assists an individual to consider other people’s
views different from ours and see something good in it. (Elbow, 2006) Most issues bring out
conflicting opinions from people. This situation causes bias thus requires the application of the
believing game to resist this inclination on own viewpoint.
Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?
I selected on the topic social media, good or bad. My opinion is that social networking
sites are good for our society. My first reason for supporting the debate is that social networking
sites allow spread of information faster compared to all means of communication. Secondly,
social media has improved learning methods since teachers can use online tools to reach out the
students. Students can connect with others especially freshman in college and develop socially,
which boosts their g...

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