Comparison of Editorials

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In this assignment, you will identify and explore your intuitive critical thinking strategies. It is the starting point to developing the skills to analyze information critically.

Research methods of identifying strong and weak arguments using your textbook and the Argosy University online library resources. Be sure to cover the following:

  • Identify premises and conclusions
  • Discuss whether or not an inference is warranted
  • Discuss matters of truth and consistency

For this assignment, your facilitator will assign you one of the following debates:

  • Debate 1: Should the “Ashley X” treatments have been permitted?
  • Debate 2: Is Osama Bin Laden’s death a decisive blow to Al Qaeda or an unmitigated victory against terrorism?

Each debate has two sets of articles for review. Your facilitator will assign you one of these sets.

Each set has two articles with two varying, but important, perspectives on the same subject. Be sure to read both articles in the set.

Debate 1:

These pairs of articles focus on the subject of “Ashley X,” a child with static encephalopathy who underwent radical surgical procedures to facilitate her care and, thereby, ostensibly improve her quality of life.

Set A

Set B

Debate 2

These pairs of articles focus on the subject of Osama Bin Laden’s death and the alleged implications his death are expected to have on matters of future Al Qaeda activity and international safety.

Set A

Set B

Respond to the following:

  • Identify and explain the strongest argument in each article.

Or

  • Identify and explain the weakest argument in each article.

Give reasons and examples from your research in support of your response.

Write your initial response in 1–2 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

By Wednesday, May 8, 2013, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Sunday, May 12, 2013, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.

Grading Criteria and Rubric

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Initial Discussion Response
16
Discussion Participation
16
Writing Craftsmanship and Ethical Scholarship
8
Total:
40
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