Select at least two sources that express competing opinions on a specific problem

For this assignment, you must select at least two sources that express competing opinions on a specific problem. Your task is to mediate those two stances, finding a compromise between the two opinions that you can support.

Select at least two sources that express competing opinions on a specific problem

For this assignment, you must select at least two sources that express competing opinions on a specific problem. Your task is to mediate those two stances, finding a compromise between the two opinions that you can support. Since you will need to form a compromise, try to avoid topics where no middle ground can be found, or where one side is obviously right or wrong.

Your final paper will follow this organizational structure:

An introduction to the problem, with a compromise thesis
Summary of one position
Fair discussion of why that position is held
Summary of the opposing position
Fair discussion of why that position is held
Your new argument that is a compromise drawn from these two sides

Note that these can, and likely should, be combined—in other words, you don’t need to write six separate paragraphs for your paper (although you can, if you really want to).

GUIDELINES:

Research requirements: your paper must include at least two secondary sources—at least one for each side. You may consider finding more in order to establish your topic or to support your compromise, if you wish. You can use one of our assigned readings from units 1-3 for one of the sides, but I want you to find an opposing viewpoint on your own.

Word count: 800-1000 words (counting only the essay, not the works cited page).

Format paper according to MLA style.

Write formally. First-person is likely inappropriate.

Be sure to bring drafts with you on peer review days. If you are unable to participate in a peer review day, you will lose five points on your final paper grade each time.

Work must be submitted in a .doc Word document format to be accepted.

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