Phl 276 Online Exercise 1

Instructions:

1. Use the handout and your notes to find an argument in an article or letter to the editor at one of the following sources:

New York Times Opinion Page

The Chicago Sun Times Editorial Page

The Detroit Free Press Opinion Page

Note: There are often multiple arguments in such articles. You need only find one.

2. Send an email to the instructor containing the URL of the article or letter to the editor you will be using before midnight on 31 Oct. 2011.

3. Print out your letter or article and circle all the indicator words that you find in it.

4. Put brackets around any text that you believe is not a proper part of the argument.

5. In your course journal, write down in complete, concise, well-written sentence the conclusion of the argument you found (i.e., what is it's main point)?

6. Using the handout and your notes from class, write down in your course journal the evidence you have that the writer is making an argument for this conclusion. Use complete, well-written sentences.

7. Bring your printout to the next class period for discussion. We will be using the work you have done on this assignment to help us move to the next section of material, so it is crucial that you come prepared!

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