"Critical Thinking Paper — Draft
Background and Preparation:
Now it is time to write a first draft of your position paper and to self-evaluate the draft. Please note: For this assignment you will write both a draft and your self-evaluation of the draft. However, you will submit only the self-evaluation of your draft. Even though you are not submitting the draft itself, it is important to follow the guidelines below, because these are the identical guidelines for the final paper that is due in Week 10. Draft:
Write a four to six (4–6) page (1000–1200 word) paper that presents a reasoned, convincing argument for a position on a selected topic. Your paper should cover the following: * Follow the five steps of persuasion: establishing credibility, acknowledging the audience’s position, constructing a rationale, transplanting root elements, and asking for a response. * Clearly define your position and supporting evidence, including the results of your survey. * Include all the necessary “evidence” for the reader to reach the expected conclusion in each argument in the paper (whether the over-riding argument or one contained in an individual paragraph) * 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. * 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...
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