Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday we started discussing this article "Active and Passive Euthanasia" by James Rachels. We'll continue with this Friday.

One writing assignments for Monday, 9/23 (originally this was two assignments; I'm converting it to one assignment):

What are some of the most important ideas, claims and themes from Pence's chapters 1-3 about ethics and dying? What are some of the most difficult issues to resolve? Please answer these questions with reference to at least three cases from the chapters.  

To ensure that your paper is formatted properly, you should use the paper template here:

P.S. Here is an essay evaluation sheet, most of which would be helpful; the only part that isn't relevant here is the 'thesis' part, since this assignment above doesn't have a thesis.
Essay Evaluation Sheet
Here are some concerns for argumentative essays. How well does your essay address them? 
1.      Introduction: do you have an introduction that explains the topic(s) you will address, or the question(s) you will answer?
2.       Thesis: does your paper have a thesis, that is, a conclusion that you try to support?
3.       Arguments: does your paper give an explicit argument or arguments in support of your conclusion?
a.       Do you explicitly state your premises, and why they should be accepted?
b.      Do you explicitly explain how your premises lead to your conclusions?
4.       Do you respond to any objections or counterarguments? Do you respond to questions that readers might have about your arguments?
5.       Does your paper have a conclusion that reviews what you discussed and what you argued for?
6.       Organization: could your paper be outlined to show its structure? Is it well organized?
7.       Paragraphs: does each paragraph focus on one, and only one, topic?
8.       Writing: is your paper written in plain, ordinary English? Do you use ‘fancy’ words – words that people wouldn’t use in ordinary conversation – only if it is absolutely necessary?
9.       Are there any grammatical and spelling errors?
10.   Are your sentences short and clear? Did you look closely at each sentence to ensure it makes sense?
11.   Did you proofread?
12.   Did you get someone else to read your paper and give you helpful feedback for revision?
13.   Did you revise your paper?
This is available here:

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