In Module 1, you were asked to review the assignment instruction for the Module 8 Portfolio Project. The Portfolio assignment requires that you select a local or state social issue to explore causes and possible solutions. As an academic writer, it is vital you form a working thesis about your topic early, so that you can shape your research and form an inquiry plan about the research material that you will be using. You will also need to select and analyze key concepts of the topic early in the research process.
For this Critical Thinking Assignment, you are to compose a working thesis that takes a definite position on an arguable issue and maps a few of the main points you plan to explore. Specifically, your working thesis should state a problem, describe and evaluate at least one aspect of the cause, and offer one potential solution. Be sure to accurately decipher your assignment. Your paper should accomplish the following:
For example, one could explore the recent boom in real estate values in a specific area of the nation or world. While such a situation could be positive, it’s also possible that any dramatic increase in the cost and availability of housing could cause problems for some people. Within this topic, key concepts need to be discovered such as: what are the effects of changes in home valuations or how does sudden population growth affect a city? You will need to state and clearly specify your approach and position on the topic and argue the validity of it. You will also need to understand any possible arguments against your position.
Before you make a final discussion, try brainstorming. Choose two or three potential topics and explore the key concepts involved to see if the topic holds your interest and is achievable.
Refer to the Critical Thinking Assignment Rubric in the Module 2 Folder for more information on assignment expectations and grading.