Instructions
This week, you will complete the final draft of your Pro-Con Position Paper. Review the template provided and consider the feedback from your instructor and peers as you make edits and finalize your work.

The final draft should apply the following:

  • An APA formatted title page
  • An attention grabbing introduction to draw in the audience
  • A well-written thesis that acknowledges both pro and con topics
  • A formal tone, avoiding both 1st (I, me, my, we, our, us, mine) and 2nd (you, your) person point of view – no slang or contractions
  • Either the alternating or divided pattern of organization, presenting both counterarguments and rebuttals
  • Body paragraphs that include topic sentences, evidence, and concluding/connecting sentences
  • Five incorporated scholarly sources, including at least two peer-reviewedsources, that support all assertions
  • A conclusion that resolves the argument and applies a thought-provoking concluding technique
  • In-text and reference page citations in APA format

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 4-5 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page (minimum of 5 scholarly resources, including at least two peer-reviewed sources)

Grading
This activity will be graded using the Pro-Con Position Paper Grading Rubric.

Course Outcomes (CO): 3, 7

Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength

5.0 pts

Meets length requirement

0.0 pts

Does not meet length requirement

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePoint Analysis

30.0 pts

The central idea is developed and expanded with depth of critical thought.

25.5 pts

The central idea is discernible and developed.

22.5 pts

The central idea needs more development with points tying back to the thesis.

18.0 pts

The central idea is not developed, and the analysis lacks critical thought.

0.0 pts

No effort

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSupport

30.0 pts

The writing supports claims with several detailed and persuasive examples. The paper effectively demonstrates academically credible research including two peer-reviewed resources to support the claims and examples.

25.5 pts

The writing supports claims with examples, but additional analysis or examples could strengthen the argument. Peer-reviewed and academic level resources are present, but could be strengthened through number and use to support claims and examples.

22.5 pts

The writing supports claims with examples, but the examples are not well-developed or examined. Additional examples and analysis are needed to make the argument more persuasive. Some quality research is present, but overall effectiveness and reliability in research and support are not fully demonstrated.

18.0 pts

The central idea is not well-supported by claims and/or examples. Credibility in research and resources has not been well established to support claims and examples.

0.0 pts

No effort

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCounterpoint

30.0 pts

The paper effectively introduces counterpoints by establishing credibility of sources and detailing the evidence from the sources and presents concessions of the counterpoints.

25.5 pts

The paper introduces counterpoints b

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength

5.0 pts

Meets length requirement

0.0 pts

Does not meet length requirement

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePoint Analysis

30.0 pts

The central idea is developed and expanded with depth of critical thought.

25.5 pts

The central idea is discernible and developed.

22.5 pts

The central idea needs more development with points tying back to the thesis.

18.0 pts

The central idea is not developed, and the analysis lacks critical thought.

0.0 pts

No effort

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSupport

30.0 pts

The writing supports claims with several detailed and persuasive examples. The paper effectively demonstrates academically credible research including two peer-reviewed resources to support the claims and examples.

25.5 pts

The writing supports claims with examples, but additional analysis or examples could strengthen the argument. Peer-reviewed and academic level resources are present, but could be strengthened through number and use to support claims and examples.

22.5 pts

The writing supports claims with examples, but the examples are not well-developed or examined. Additional examples and analysis are needed to make the argument more persuasive. Some quality research is present, but overall effectiveness and reliability in research and support are not fully demonstrated.

18.0 pts

The central idea is not well-supported by claims and/or examples. Credibility in research and resources has not been well established to support claims and examples.

0.0 pts

No effort

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCounterpoint

30.0 pts

The paper effectively introduces counterpoints by establishing credibility of sources and detailing the evidence from the sources and presents concessions of the counterpoints.

25.5 pts

The paper introduces counterpoints b

Running head: PUT YOUR TITLE IN ALL CAPS HERE 1

PUT YOUR TITLE HERE IN ALL CAPS 2

Title in Upper and Lower Case

Your Name

Chamberlain Univesrity

Course Number: Course Name

Term Month and Year

Title of your Paper in Upper and Lower Case (Centered, not Bold)

This page begins your Pro-Con position Paper. Begin your introduction here. Be sure to incorporate an attention grabber. You may also provide any necessary contextual or background info here if needed. Do not attempt to prove the thesis statement in these sentences; don’t have obvious ideas. Prove the thesis below it, not above it. If appropriate, provide a bridge from the introductory sentences to the thesis. Remember to employ an objective tone by applying only 3rd person point of view (no 1st: I, me, my, we, our, us, mine) or 2nd: you, your person point of view), unless in direct quote. Then put your thesis statement here; the thesis must be one complete sentence combining your opposition’s argument and your rebuttal.

1st Counter-Argument (your oppositions’ point)

Begin with a topic sentence written in your own words that presents your grounds. Next, apply the evidence/warrant. Signal phrases are highly recommended to introduce new sources (ex: According to Dr. John Smith, head physician at the Mayo Clinic…). Cite your sources in APA format via parenthetical citations. Follow through with a few sentences examining the evidence and connecting it back to your main point. If needed, apply any conciliatory language to connect to the audience and avoid putting them on the defensive. Strive 5-10 developed sentences in a college level paragraph.

****Note: based on which outline approach you chose in Week 5 (divided or alternating) your draft will either continue with 2 other counter-arguments similar to the one above, followed by 3 rebuttal paragraphs – or it will jump straight to the 1st rebuttal as demonstrated below.

1st Rebuttal (your point)

Begin with a topic sentence written in your own words that presents your grounds. Then identify the first point of contention. Discuss this point and why you disagree with it. Point out faults in the argument; explain why the point has little merit. Then argue why your ideas are superior. Then, apply the evidence/warrant. Signal phrases are highly recommended to introduce new sources (ex: According to Dr. John Smith, head physician at the Mayo Clinic…). Cite your sources in APA format via parenthetical citations. Follow through with a few sentences examining the evidence and connecting it back to your main point. No conciliatory