Choose an argument that you found online (you may utilize
an argument from a video posted online, a blog, a news source, a
political website, or any other resource that will allow you to
satisfactorily meet the requirements of the assignment). You may also
select from this week’s relevant recommended resources.
Once you have selected your source, you will then evaluate the argument
being presented in the source in an essay of 400 words. In your
- Identify the issue, the premises, and conclusions of the argument.
- Determine whether the argument is sound or unsound (deductive), valid or invalid (deductive), or strong or weak (inductive).
- Explain why you have chosen to label it as sound or unsound, valid or invalid, and/or strong or weak.
Use the “Steps for evaluating an argument”
template for assistance with structuring your evaluation; however, you
should construct and submit your evaluation in an essay format. Do not
merely turn in a bulleted outline.
The essay must be 400 words in length, excluding title and reference
pages, and formatted according to APA style. For information regarding
APA formatting, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford
Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left
navigation toolbar in your online course. The only required resource for
this assignment is the media object or written work you analyze. This
should be the piece that you primarily use to complete this assignment.
Secondary sources are welcome but not necessary, and they should not be
used in place of the argument piece you analyze.