Isagree with the thesis, premise, assumptions OR some single aspect of the column from the Globe and Mail.
Essay 1 (Critical Analysis)
Choose a column from the Globe and Mail, either print edition or online. The article must argue something (which means it needs to be written by a columnist); a news story is not useful for this assignment.
Task: Write one 750-word essay (3 pages double-spaced, size-12, Times New Roman) on the following topic:
Disagree with the thesis, premise, assumptions OR some single aspect of the column from the Globe and Mail. You will submit the original article with the essay.
1. A short introduction should do three things: A. Identify the essay and issue that you will address, B. Clarify what the writer is saying and what you are going to argue C. Present your actual thesis/ alternative.
Remember, it is not sufficient simply to dismantle a position: you must present an alternative solution to the issue/problem.
2. After your intro., write a very brief summary of the argument to which you are reacting. Items 1 and 2 should take NO MORE THAN 1 page of text, preferably less. Note: if you are disagreeing with the personas thesis, the need for a summary is fairly clear. However, if you are arguing against only a portion of the argument, you are providing the summary to contextualize the discussion and you should tell your reader that. (First, we need to clarify the overall argument of the article).
3. Topic sentences should clearly indicate the point for the argument.
4. When dismantling the argument, you need to quote it and actually demonstrate the problem. Note: I will scream if I read any of the following:
a. More evidence is needed
b. He/she should have done x instead
c. The writer fails to convince me
There is either a problem with the argument or there isnat. You should be able to show a problem. Feel free to pursue sources that will augment the discussion with different evidence or viewpoints. However, someone else saying something doesnat make it any more valid, focus on the evidence or reasoning.
5. When building your own position, you likely will need to refer to alternative sources of information. For example, a?A recent government report on the situation in Afghanistan states that xa? (source). Remember that you are bringing this new information to the argument: do not blame the original article for not accounting for it.
6. Cite frequently and often. When in doubt, cite.
7. Obviously, if you cite, and you must at least cite the original article, you need a Works Cited page. Use MLA format for your paper.