Peer Review for Arguing Cause
  • Does the argument answer the basic question: Why did this happen? What questions are you left with after reading the argument?

Alex- You do bring up at the top what the causes are.
Paris - The list of causes are at the top but it could use some explaining. I am a little confused on what the problem is. I can see where Ariel is going with it but it should be clarified.

* Does the writer establish that the problem exists and that we should care about it?
Alex- From what I have read you tell about a problem with people assuming they know all of the facts and assuming someone is guilty.
Paris - I read the problem but I am wondering why everyone should be concerned with it.

* Does the writer genuinely address opposition? What additional opposing viewpoints could the writer address? Can you imagine other objections to the argument?
Alex-I would address the freedom of speech and the belief that people should be able to know what is going on.
Paris - You should add more opposing viewpoints to strengthen your causal argument.

* What is the argument's greatest weakness? What would you recommend they revise before the next draft is due?
Alex-I don't really see a weakness.
Paris - I think that it needs to be longer and have less lists. Lists are good but can be confusing and overwhelming for the reader if there are too many.

* What is the argument's greatest strength?
Alex-I would say the greatest strength is the fact that quite a few people know someone who watches TV and assumes that they know everything.
Paris - The argument's greatest strength is that all the main ideas are down and all they need is some more elaboration.

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