Thursday, March 25, 2010

Week One - Pro/Con

Minor Writing Assignment 1: Deciding Pro/Con

• Complete Exercise 2 on page 27 of your "Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader," 4th Ed., by Goshgarian, Krueger, and Minc. textbook. Come up with at least 5-6 points and counterpoints for each issue.

• Picking one issue from part a, write a minimum of ½ page of dialogue.

Major Writing Assignment 2: 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. 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.  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.