Mini-paper #2 will present objections to your position on the topic you have selected as the subject for paper #4.
Step One: PRE-WRITING
A. Make a list
of at least five potential objections an opponent could raise against your position.
B. Consulting Mini-paper #1, make a list of at least two objections that an opponent could raise against one of your specific arguments.
Step Two (TO TURN IN):
In a brief, formal paper of approximately two pages, present the opposition's side to your topic and position. Your mini-paper should include the following parts exclusively:
In light of my comments on mini-paper #1, revise the background information
on your topic, including adequate explanation on why this topic is important
B. POSITION: At the conclusion of your first paragraph, present a revised, narrowly focused position statement on your topic. Remember, DO NOT change your position from the stance you chose for Mini-paper #1.
C. OBJECTIONS: Finally, present three or four fully supported objections that present an opponent's reasons for objecting to your position or to a specific argument. If they are objections to an argument, you may need to restate the argument briefly in a sentence before you give the objection.
Begin your second paragraph with the statement "In contrast, those opposed to this position argue that . . .
Mini-paper #2 will serve as an invaluable resource for writing your formal argumentative essay. It is ungraded; however, the three mini-papers combined account for 5% of the 25% weight of paper #4. I will comment on them to encourage you to develop your ideas as critically and fully as possible.
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