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Assignment 2—Argument Paper


Worth 15%. Due by last day of week 12
Description
This assignment should help you draw together many of the skills and much of the knowledge you have
gained thus far from the course. Your assignment is to design both sides of an argument that could be
used as the basis for a persuasive essay. Building on the issue you researched in Assignment 1, you are
to come up with opposite conclusions and show how you would go about supporting these opposites.


Tasks


1. Issue: Articulate a current Canadian issue in your own words. It must be expressed as a question
in a single, grammatically correct sentence. The issue must be relevant to the society as a whole
and the public decision-making process. Format example:
“Should Canada dissolve as a federation and the provinces become new States in the
USA?” (note this is not a proper example of the type of content that is suitable as this is
not an issue that is currently being debated in reputable national media sources)
2. Conclusions: State two conclusions as single, grammatically correct sentences– one for each
side of the issues. Do not include reasons or qualifications that are not in the issue statement.
Here is an example to illustrate format:
“Yes, Canada should dissolve as a federation and the provinces become new States in
the USA.”
“No, Canada should not dissolve as a federation and the provinces become new States
in the USA.”
3. Premise 1: In your own words, give a clear, objective, and grammatically correct sentence that is
a supportive reason for the positive conclusion.
4. Find a single-sentence quote that gives direct support for the positive conclusion and is based
on objective reasoning. Then, using APA format, cite the source. Here is an example to illustrate
format:
“Evidence overwhelmingly suggests that the majority of Canadians would refuse to pay
US taxes, creating insurmountable political instability”. (Author, A. A., & Author, B. B.
(Date of publication). Title of article.
Title of Online Periodical, volume number(issue
number if available). Retrieved from

5. Premise 2: Premise 1: In your own words, give a clear, objective, and grammatically correct
sentence that is a supportive reason for the negative conclusion.
6. Find a single-sentence quote that gives direct support for the negative conclusion and is based
on objective reasoning. Then, using APA format, cite the source. Here is an example to illustrate
format:
“Canadian Business overwhelmingly supports dissolution, according to a national
survey”. (Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article.
Title of Newspaper. Retrieved
from

Task Grade Criteria
1 (Issue) /3 Must be current, of national interest, and clearly stated according to
the terms prescribed in the task description.
2 (Conclusions) /2 Each one must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in
the task description.
3 (Premise 1) /2 Must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task
description and include all required parts.
4 (Quote 1) /3 Must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task
description and include all required parts.
5 (Premise 2) /2 Must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task
description and include all required parts.
6 (Quote 2) /3 Must be clearly stated according to the terms prescribed in the task
description and include all required parts.
Total /15

 

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