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Part I: Evaluating Arguments (40 points)

Read the following three essays addressing the question “Are Daily Fantasy Sports Gambling?”: 

Yes (Links to an external site.), http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/are-daily-fantasy-sports-gambling/daily-fantasy-sports-games-are-clearly-gambling

No (Links to an external site.),http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/are-daily-fantasy-sports-gambling/dont-hate-the-player-or-the-game

 It Depends (Links to an external site.),http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/are-daily-fantasy-sports-gambling/some-daily-fantasy-sports-are-legal-others-not-so-much

After reading the essays, evaluate the strength of each argument. In the evaluation, students should:

  • identify specific deductive or inductive arguments made by the author
  • identify specific fallacious arguments made by the author
  • evaluate the strenght/weaknesses of the support and reasoning provided for the valid and fallacious arguments discussed
  • Discuss the strength of the argument as a whole and if it holds up after being evaluated through the course concepts

Students should approach each essay separately and as objectively as possible.

The evaluation for each article should be at least 1.5 pages in length (4.5 pages total).

Part II: Making an Argument (40 points)

Read the summary and a number of opposing arguments on the question of “Should There Be a ‘Right to be Forgotten’ on the Internet?”: Summary and Articles (Links to an external site.) http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-there-be-a-right-to-be-forgotten-on-the-internet

After reading the summary and articles, you should make your argument for what you believe should be done on this issue (your argument may align with other arguments or take a completely different view from the arguments you have read). Your argument should be at least 3 pages in length and will be evaluated based on the concepts of good argumentation as discussed throughout the course. Therefore, each student should be sure to:

  • make deductive and/or inductive arguments
  • avoid making fallacious arguments
  • be sure to use supporting materials and sound reasoning

While the assigned reading will provide a good start on the issues, students are encouraged to get additional sources as appropriate to make their argument as strong and well supported as possible.

Students should be written as a comprehensive essay and include in-text citations and a reference page. Note that the Reference page does not count in the 3 page writing requirement.

Capstone Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

Part I: Evaluation

Fully evaluates all the articles using course concepts

10 pts

Partially evaluates all the articles using course concepts

5 pts

Does not evaluate all the articles using course concepts

0 pts

10 pts

Part I: Identification

Correctly identifies many usages of arguments and/or fallacies from the course

10 pts

Correctly identifies some usages of arguments and/or fallacies from the course

5 pts

Do not identify usages of arguments and/or fallacies from the course

0 pts

10 pts

Part I: Overall Strength

Clearly evaluates the overall arguments taking into account the arguments strengths and weaknesses

10 pts

Vaguely evaluates the overall arguments taking into account the arguments strengths and weaknesses

5 pts

Does not evaluate the overall arguments taking into account the arguments strengths and weaknesses

0 pts

10 pts

Part I: Writing

Writing is clear, free of grammatical and structural errors, and meets all requirements of the assignment

10 pts

Writing is mostly clear, mostly free of grammatical and structural errors, and meets most requirements of the assignment

5 pts

Writing is not clear, contains many grammatical and structural errors, and does not meet many requirements of the assignment

0 pts

10 pts

Part II: Argument and Reasoning

Makes a clear and reasoned argument in support of a position on the topic

10 pts

Makes a mostly clear and mostly reasoned argument in support of a position on the topic

5 pts

Makes an unclear and weakly reasoned argument in support of a position on the topic

0 pts

10 pts

Part II: Utilization of Concepts

The argument clearly illustrates an understanding of good argumentation and avoids fallacies and other weak forms of argument

10 pts

The argument illustrates some understanding of good argumentation and mostly avoids fallacies and other weak forms of argument

5 pts

The argument does not illustrates an understanding of good argumentation and utilizes fallacies and other weak forms of argument

0 pts

10 pts

Part II: Support

Claims and assertions made are supported with citations from the text or outside sources

10 pts

Most claims and assertions made are supported with citations from the text or outside sources

5 pts

Claims and assertions made are not supported with citations from the text or outside sources

0 pts

10 pts

Part II: Writing

Writing is clear, free of grammatical and structural errors, and meets all requirements of the assignment

10 pts

Writing is mostly clear, mostly free of grammatical and structural errors, and meets most requirements of the assignment

5 pts

Writing is not clear, contains many grammatical and structural errors, and does not meet many requirements of the assignment

0 pts

10 pts

Total Points: 
80

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