Assignment: Write a three-to-five page argument that persuades an audience to accept your explanation of the causes (or con

  

Assignment: Write a three-to-five page argument that persuades an audience to accept your explanation of the causes (or consequences) of a trend, event, or other phenomenon. Examine alternative hypotheses or opposing views and explain your reasons for rejecting them.

Criteria:

  • original topic
  • effective introduction
  • introducing your unexpected or surprising cause and arguing for it
  • identifying every link in the causal chain
  • using various methods of establishing causal links
  • effectiveness of refuting opposing views
  • solidity and persuasiveness of argument
  • impact of the illustrative examples presented

  

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