In this assignment, you will summarize two conflicting arguments and then, by identifying positions upon which both side could agree, you will establish some consensus between the two writers.

  • Your paper must be 1000-1200 words in length; quoted material and bibliographic information on the Works Cited page do not count toward this total.
  • Your paper should adhere fully to MLA documentation style; five points may be lost based upon MLA inaccuracies.
  • The final draft of this paper must be submitted to Canvas.
  • Students are prohibited from writing about subjects that served as a basis for extensive class discussion/activity or that were the subject of sample papers.
  • Students are not allowed to write upon topics that they have already discussed in previous papers.
  • This paper is a research assignment; you will need to find, read, cite, and document
    • two articles from the SIRS Issues Researcher database.
  • Students should focus on a policy issue (i.e. laws and regulations) rather than write upon non-legislative matters (e.g. is social media good for us? etc.).
    • A full-length CQ Researcherreport on your chosen issue; “short reports” are not acceptable. This CQ Researcherreport must have been published in the last ten years.
    • Students are not allowed to write on the following topics:

    Organizational Strategy:

    The following is a basic model of the consensus paper; you should emulate this design in your own paper.

    • 1)Introduction.
    • 2)Body. What are the two opposed positions of your authors on the issue?
    • 3)Conclusion. What is the middle-ground/consensus position?
      • Play the role of arbitrator between opposing parties. Establish any common ground upon which the two authors could meet. Upon which core assumptions could the two authors agree?
    • Introduce your topic to your reader. What is the issue? Why is it important?
    • Present the policy issue as a question at the end of the introduction: “the question, consequently, is whether the government should, or should not, be allowed to collect phone records for all residents of the US.”
    • Summarize the articles one by one.
    • Clearly articulate the thesis of each article. Then proceed to explain the points that the writer uses to support his/her argument.
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