Topic Selection Worksheet
Due Feb 19, 5:59 PM
The first step of the writing process in this course is to select a topic for your Final Argument Paper, which is due in Week 5. Topic selection is a foundation for the rest of the assignments in this course, and each assignment builds upon the previous week’s assignment. This week, you will select a topic, determine your position and the reasons for that position, draft a thesis statement, and identify the main components of an argument. In Week 2, you have the opportunity to further revise your thesis to ensure that it serves as a solid foundation for your argument.
Review the Discipline Specific Resources for Rhetoric and Research.
Complete the Topic Selection Worksheet.
Submit your completed worksheet to the Assignment Files tab.
University of Phoenix Material
Complete Parts A through D below.
Part A: Topic Selection
Select a topic for your Week 5 Final Argument Paper using the following steps:
Respond to the following questions in 25-50 words total.
|Information Systems – Drones over America.|
|This topic will involve research and arguments related to the role that technology plays in our day to day lives. By developing an argument paper on “Drones over America”, I will be able to discuss the concerns raised about the invasion of privacy through the use of drones while considering the view that drones can be used to ensure public safety.|
Part B: Forming Your Position to Develop Your Argument
Respond to the following questions using the topic you selected.
|My position is that drones will play an important role in the improvement of public security and safety through surveillance.|
|a. Drones provide a good way of surveilling streets and highways.
b. The use of drones will provide security agencies with a way of ensuring security during public gatherings.
c. Drones may be used for reconnaissance before military missions.
|I believe that research will provide support for my arguments. In case I do not find information that supports my reasons, I will change my position based on the factual information that I will find.|
Part C: Drafting Your Thesis Statement
Create a rough draft of your thesis statement using your position and reasons for your position. Your thesis statement will serve as the claim in your argument.
|The use of drones by security agencies in the United States will improve security in the nation by providing a better method of security surveillance.|
Part D: Components of an Argument
Arguments can be easily misunderstood and misinterpreted. There may be times when we do not fully evaluate arguments before forming our response to them, and our response may have been different if we fully understood what was being argued. Argument evaluation is important in everyday life to help you communicate effectively with others and to form your own arguments.
Select one article from any of the themes on the Article List.
Read the article, and respond to the following:
|Mulrine, A., (2015). Drones over America: Public safety benefit or ‘creepy’ privacy threat? Domestic Surveillance, n/a.|
|The author acknowledges that the use of drones in the United States is beneficial for security agencies. However, the author is concerned about the possible misuse of this technology to invade the privacy of citizens.|
|The author uses research to support her claims and the information she has provided in the article. For instance, she quotes statements by leaders of civil liberties organizations and information provided by the Wall Street Journal.|
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