Welcome to week 5

Dear All,

In Week 5, we are beginning to prepare for the argumentative essay assignment. It’s all about opposing viewpoints, analyzing arguments, and developing your own opinion on a given topic. Please review the reading on arguments, and take notes on the key terms: conclusion and premises. Note that the term “conclusion” does not, in this case, mean the concluding/ final part, but rather, in critical thinking, it’s a claim/ argument.

In Conversation 5, I ask that you identify the conclusion and premises in two sources: a TEDTalk on happiness and one of the relevant articles. Be sure to use the words conclusion and premises as you analyze the sources.

There is also an extra credit assignments on argument–optional.

By the way, Conversation 4 already looks interesting!

I hope you are having a productive week,

Prof. Barnes 

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