Writing and Major Assignment Pro/con

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Week 1

NOTE: ALL pros/cons – points/counterpoints MUST be in complete sentences. DO NOT use single words or phrases for the pros/cons. Be as specific as possible – vagueness and generalities are the death of arguments and persuasive writing.

Major Assignment Pro/Con Lists

Create a Pro/Con List for each of the following two essays: "The Case Against Tipping" and "The Consequences of 'Carnage as Entertainment.' ". They are found in your Goshgarian textbook on pages 22-26. Come up with at least one counterpoint for each issue that each essay suggests. (The essay will provide either a pro or a con and you will supply the opposite or counterpoint. The charts below might be helpful; you can copy and paste the charts into a new Word document.)

After creating your list for each essay, write a "Yes, but" exchange for each essay (a minimum of ½ page) that attempts to find points of disagreement, as well as common ground or shared concerns. (Have you ever told your kids, “no, you can’t do that because. . .” and your kids respond with “yes, but. . .”? Well, that’s the kind of dialogue you need to create here. You will take a point and then state the opposite. For example: Yes, Disney World is expensive, but it is a trip my kids will enjoy. So the first part of the sentence contains the yes while the second half addresses the exception or counterpoint (aka the but).You can also address points of agreement in the same manner.)

Using the dialogue you've constructed, deliberate on the issue of each essay. What reasons do you find most compelling? Which concerns have particular merit? Can you balance the interests of both sides of the issue?

Formulate a claim for each essay (a minimum of 1 page) that takes into account what you have learned during your deliberations and provide reasons to support it.

Submit your assignment to your instructor by the due date posted on the Course Dashboard. You may write your assignment using MS Word and attach the file.

|The Case Against Tipping | |Pro (aka yes, for, good) |Con (aka no, against, bad) |Page # | | | | |

|The Consequences of ‘Carnage as Entertainment’ | |Pro (aka yes, for, good) |Con (aka no, against, bad) |Page # | | | | |

Minor assignment

Complete Exercise 2 on page 27 of your Goshgarian textbook. See the charts on the next pages. a. Come up with at least 5-6 points and counterpoints for each issue. You do not need to team up with other students. b. Picking one issue from part a, write a minimum of ½ page of dialogue. Submit your assignment to your instructor by the due date posted on the Course Dashboard. You may write your assignment using MS Word and attach the file. |a. I think women are better listeners than men. | |Pro (yes, for, good) |Con (no, against, bad) | |1. |1. | |2. |2. | |3. |3....
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