In the first essay, you offered your reader a statement of personal belief. In t

In the first essay, you offered your reader a statement of personal belief. In that way, you have made a claim. In your second essay, you began the next phase of the process and explored your belief by seeking out articles and texts that shared (or at least complemented) your view. In this third essay, you will be seeking out and analyzing three articles that disagree with your position. As it relates to the Toulmin argument structure you read about in Rebecca Jones’s “Finding the Good Argument” (see Module 2), you are now considering the rebuttal and the value of that perspective. You will be considering, analyzing, and (likely) critiquing the evidence that opposes your position. You will be doing some mild research for this assignment.
Your essay should:
Remind: Re-state your belief from the first essay in precise terms. In your first essay you shared belief that is shaped by your experience with and current understanding of the world. For this paper, distill that longer story down into just one paragraph that clearly establishes your position. What is your belief? Why do you hold that belief? Why is that belief important for your reader to consider? You will continue to use first-person pronouns.
Do Research and Present Your Findings: Take some time to do some basic internet research on your topic. What authors, articles, books, or public figures dispute your view? What are their claims? What are their reasons? Are those reasons compelling? Why or why not? Is this source of information actually reliable? Why or why not? Report back on no fewer than 3 sources.
Carefully Consider Your Sources: How do these sources complicate your perspective? What new information did you learn? How does that new information sustain or complicate your belief? How does it compare to the evidence and arguments you discussed in Essay 2? Carefully explain what you learned and why you think that information is valuable.
Consider the Role of Narrative: Narratives are an important component of convincing others (and ourselves) to adopt a particular perspective. What narrative moves are these three sources making in order to convince their audience? Are they making emotional appeals? Logical appeals? Appeals to authority? What do you think of those appeals? Are they effective? Why or why not?
Don’t use a “formal” summary: You should not have to hit your readers over the head with a summary statement such as “What I mean is….” Aim to leave the reader clear and satisfied—whether they agree with you or not. Sometimes a brief echo of the opening is the most satisfying clincher to bring an essay full circle.
Citations: Because you will be citing specific sources, it is necessary for you to properly cite them. You will be citing sources in MLA format. The “Start Here!” folder on GA View has several resources that will help guide you through the citation process. We will also discuss citation in class. You will be expected to cite sources correctly, and if you feel confused, ask questions or look it up. All of the necessary resources for correct citation are already at your fingertips.
Plagiarism: You may reference materials that we have used in class, and, of course, you will be referencing outside material that you have looked up. If you do and you do not cite your sources correctly, your grade will be penalized accordingly—depending on the extent and kind of misuse of sources. If blatant plagiarism is detected, you will receive a zero for the essay.
Submission of Essays: Essays must be submitted in the GAView platform. The electronic copy of the essay must be submitted by 11:59pm on the due date listed on GAView.
Peer Review: Each essay that you write will be peer reviewed by a student in our class. Peer reviews will be conducted on GA View. In order to credit for peer review, each student must turn-in a first draft on the Discussion Board. That draft must be at least 400 words. You will be asked to discuss the peer review process in your Process Memo.
Process Memo: As an additional part of each essay, you will reflect on the writing process. This reflection should be the first page of your document that contains your essay. In the process memo for this essay, please answer the following questions in paragraph format with significant detail.
Describe the rhetorical analysis that you conducted before you began writing this essay. What challenges did you encounter in writing your essay and how did you resolve them?
Discuss your revision process. What kinds of feedback did you get for the peer review? Describe what global and local revisions you made to your essay for the final draft.
What are you most proud of about this essay? Is there anything in particular that you would like for me to look for or comment on as I evaluate your essay?
Technical Guidelines:
Your essay must be 12 point font, Times New Roman;
Your essay must be double spaced;
Your essay must be 500-750 words (That’s two to three pages);
And your essay must have one-inch margins all around.

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