Essay 3

To craft a persuasive argument (Essay 3), you must address those with whom you disagree. In this paper, you will fairly summarize a good argument and then explain why you don’t agree with that argument.

Overview: Write a two-page double-spaced paper that

  • fairly represents an argument that you disagree with
  • addresses the evidence and/or the inference of that argument

Choose an argument (a viewpoint source) that relates to the controversy you’ve been researching this semester. Include the documentation information at the top of the page in MLA format. Format your in-text citations in MLA format as well. If possible, choose an argument that you plan to address in your persuasive essay at the end of Unit 3.

Specifics:

Your paper should be split into two sections: your summary and your response.

Your summary should:

  • Be fair to the source. Don’t distort or oversimplify your opponent’s position.
  • Use direct quotes to show that your summary is fair to the source.

Your response should use a combination of concession, refutation, and rebuttal:

  • Explain what you find convincing in your opponent’s argument, but also explain why these points do not matter. (concession & refutation)
  • Explain what flaws you find in the speaker’s evidence and/or inference. (refutation)If you find the evidence flawed, offer counterevidence to show why.
  • If you find the inference flawed, don’t simply label your opponent’s argument a slippery slope or an overgeneralization. Explain how the argument is flawed and why the audience shouldn’t believe it.
  • Offer a counterargument that advocates your own position. (rebuttal)

Rubric

 

RS 5 Rubric

RS 5 Rubric

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Summary: Identifies your controversy and viewpoint source

5.0 pts

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Summary: Fairly and accurately summarizes an opposing argument in half a page

7.0 pts

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Response: Concession (Explains what you find convincing in your opponent’s argument and why these points do not matter)

10.0 pts

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Response: Refutation (Explains what flaws you find in the speaker’s evidence and/or inference)

10.0 pts

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Response: Rebuttal (Offers a counterargument that advocates your own position)

10.0 pts

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Mechanics: Effective use of quotation and paraphrase

5.0 pts

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Mechanics: Correct citation and formatting

3.0 pts

Total Points: 50.0

Note: My argument is Uber. So, it has to deal with why removing uber is a good idea!

Also, it has to be 4-5 pages!

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