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In this essay, you will write a critical analysis of the argument that you recorded earlier in the semester.

In this essay, you will write a critical analysis of the argument that you recorded earlier in the semester. You will utilize the principles of argumentative logic that you have studied this semester and your critical thinking skills to conduct this analysis. This assignment will strengthen your understanding of what makes a good argument and will prepare you to write your final argumentative essay. This assignment has two parts. PART I: ANALYZE YOUR ARGUMENT Write down the conclusion of your argument (the position you took on the issue) and the premises (or main reasons) that you presented to support your conclusion. Takes notes on the explanations and/or examples that you used to support your premises. Identify any errors of critical thinking, logical fallacies, erroneous facts, or missing facts that you think were needed to support your premises. DONT INCLUDE THESE NOTES IN YOUR ESSAY! After you finish the above steps, complete Part II of the assignment. PART II: WRITE THE CRITICAL ANALYSIS Your critical analysis should be formatted as follows: INTRODUCTION: Write an introduction that includes: A brief introduction to the topic – this should include approximately five to six sentences summarizing the article and the controversy that it describes. Your argument (conclusion + premises) written as a series of statements in numbered list form, ending with your conclusion. You can see an example of this here: Example of standardized argument.pdf A good way to introduce your standardized argument is to write: “The argument I made on the issue is as follows:” BODY PARAGRAPHS: Write a critical analysis of your argument by analyzing each of your premises and the explanation/examples associated with that premise. Each premise of your argument and its supporting explanation/examples should be analyzed in a separate paragraph (so, if your argument had three premises, your essay will have three body paragraphs). Your analysis you should include answers to the following questions: Was this premise adequately explained or supported with examples? Why or why not? Does this part of the argument (the premise and its support) contain any errors of critical thinking or logical fallacies? If so, which errors/fallacies were committed? Why were these errors committed? CONCLUSION: Begin with a sentence or two that summarizes what you found in your analysis (e.g. “This analysis shows that the argument I made was…”). Then, respond to these questions: Are you satisfied with the argument that you made? Why or why not? Could the argument you made be improved? How (specifically) would you improve it? Please note that this is NOT an argumentative essay! DO NOT write an argument on the issue; instead, ANALYZE the argument that you already made in your essay.

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