writing exercise

OVERVIEW

In A Rogerian Proposal, Part 1, you selected one topic from a list of proposals advocating a position on a social issue. You were required to choose one topic and write two separate arguments, one defending and one refuting the proposal. CLICK HERE for a review of the Rogerian Strategy of argumentation.

INSTRUCTIONS

In Part 2 of the exercise, you will attempt to use the Rogerian Strategy to argue for a consensus position between the two points of view you detailed in Part 1. Remember that in Rogerian argumentation, you should look for the place in the middle between the two positions and attempt to bring the two sides together.

Write a 2-4 paragraph informal essay in the Rogerian style in an attempt to bring together the two sides you argued before.

Here is a summary of the basic strategy for a Rogerian argument.

  1. In your essay, first, introduce the problem.
  2. Acknowledge the other side before you present your side of the issue. This may take several paragraphs.
  3. Next, you should carefully present your side of the issue in a way that does not dismiss the other side. This may also take several paragraphs.
  4. You should then work to bring the two sides together. Help your audience see the benefits of the middle ground. Make your proposal for the middle ground here, and be sure to use an even, respectful tone. This should be a key focus of your essay and may take several paragraphs.
  5. Finally, in your conclusion, remind your audience of the balanced perspective you have presented and make it clear how both sides benefit when they meet in the middle.

As a reminder, here were the topics from Part 1:

The Topics

  • Assault weapons should be banned.
  • Athletes who kneel during the national anthem should be barred from playing.
  • Schools should make it a requirement of admission that parents vaccinate their children against common childhood diseases such as measles.
  • Face masks should not be mandatory in public.
  • Public service should be required for all people between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Citizens should be allowed to record the police.
  • Girls 17 and under should be required to obtain parental permission before having an abortion.
  • The president should be immune from criminal prosecution while in office.
  • Once a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, it should be mandatory for all citizens to take it.

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