# heuristics and comparative reasoning 1

This exercise has two options. Please select one to complete.

• Option 1 – Research : Use an Internet search engine like Google and search for voter campaigns like Rock the Vote or voter drives associated with a particular candidate or political party. As you browse the Web sites, look for text or media that use comparative reasoning to drive the argument. When you find a good example, write 4-5 paragraphs about the reasoning.
• Paragraph 1: Summarize the text including where you found it and the comparison it made.
• Body paragraphs: Place the argument through the five tests of reasoning listed in this lesson (and in Chapter 12) and use specific examples to show how it passes or fails the tests.
• Final Paragraph: Conclude by offering a suggestion as to how you would change the text (if it had issues) or by stating what strengths were most convincing to you.
• Option 2 – Create: Many Americans don’t go to the polls because they believe their vote doesn’t make a difference. For this option, you will come up with a compelling analogy that sends a persuasive message about the importance of voting to those who might feel like their vote doesn’t matter. This analogy should be framed either within a visual advertisement or some other relevant media (YouTube, Animoto, etc.) to get the message across to your readers.
• For this assignment, paste a link to your creation followed by a short paragraph in which you use the five criteria of evaluation for comparative reasoning to demonstrate the effectiveness of your idea.

Your work will be assessed by the following:

Criteria

Max. Points available

Content:In shaping his/her response, the

student applies vocabulary from the lesson correctly and addresses all

five tests of reasoning by giving specific examples to show how each one

passes or fails the tests.

35

Central Idea and Textual Evidence: The student clearly identifies the central idea and provides substantial evidence from the text as support.

10

Grammar/Mechanics: The assignment has been proofread and spellchecked prior to submission. There are no errors that impede comprehension.

5

Total Possible Points

50

This exercise has two options. Please select one to complete.

• Option 1 – Research : Use an Internet search engine like Google and search for voter campaigns like Rock the Vote or voter drives associated with a particular candidate or political party. As you browse the Web sites, look for text or media that use comparative reasoning to drive the argument. When you find a good example, write 4-5 paragraphs about the reasoning.
• Paragraph 1: Summarize the text including where you found it and the comparison it made.
• Body paragraphs: Place the argument through the five tests of reasoning listed in this lesson (and in Chapter 12) and use specific examples to show how it passes or fails the tests.
• Final Paragraph: Conclude by offering a suggestion as to how you would change the text (if it had issues) or by stating what strengths were most convincing to you.

• Option 2 – Create: Many Americans don’t go to the polls because they believe their vote doesn’t make a difference. For this option, you will come up with a compelling analogy that sends a persuasive message about the importance of voting to those who might feel like their vote doesn’t matter. This analogy should be framed either within a visual advertisement or some other relevant media (YouTube, Animoto, etc.) to get the message across to your readers.
• For this assignment, paste a link to your creation followed by a short paragraph in which you use the five criteria of evaluation for comparative reasoning to demonstrate the effectiveness of your idea.