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How to write a position paper...

Improving position paper writing skills
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Dawn Kissel

on 28 September 2011

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Create an introduction. This first paragraph should include a lead in and thesis statement and clearly present the main idea of your position paper. Many writers prefer to place the thesis at the end of the first paragraph, but this doesn't have to be the case.

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Explain your view. Tell the reader why you're taking the position you've chosen and offer evidence supporting your opinion. Be sure to present the information in a logical order and avoid making any statements that lack obvious support. Make them understand why you think the way you do.



Read more: How to Write a Position Paper | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2106307_write-position-paper.html#ixzz1I6z4FXw6 http://www.sfu.ca/cmns/130d1/WritingaPositionPaper.htm http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr9.htm http://education.alberta.ca/students/exams/guides.aspx http://education.alberta.ca/media/1240798/07%20ss30-1%20sosw%20january2010%20signoff.pdf For Assignment II: you are required to analyze a source and write a position paper in which you must
• analyze the source and demonstrate an understanding of the ideological perspective(s) reflected
in the source
• establish and argue a position in response to the question asked
• support your position and arguments using evidence from your knowledge and understanding of
social studies

Plan your writing
Planning is important in creating a well-written response. Find out which planning method works best for
you. Consider the following planning options for both Assignment I: Source Interpretation and
Assignment II: Position Paper:
• a complex point-form outline
• a comparison chart/concept web
• a list of evidence When you plan for Assignment II: Position Paper, ask yourself the following questions:
• What perspective(s) is/are presented in the source?
• Why is/are the perspective(s) important?
• What complexities are associated with the perspective(s) in the source?
• What is my position on the extent to which the perspective(s) in the source should be embraced?
• What argumentation can I use in supporting my position?
• What evidence can I present to strengthen my argumentation? For Assignment II: Position Paper, do not just outline various ideological perspectives or retell the story
of a historical event – instead, write with a purpose. Your response should
• contain a clear analysis of the source
• demonstrate that you understand the ideological perspective reflected in the source
• present argumentation that is orderly, logical, and thorough
• use appropriate evidence to develop and support your position Ask yourself these questions as you proofread your work:
• Have I fully analyzed and demonstrated an understanding of the source?
• Is my argumentation consistent, logical, and thorough?
• Is the evidence presented accurate and relevant?
• Is my writing organized and easy to understand?
• Did I use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar?
• Did I use vocabulary correctly and accurately?
• Will my response convince the reader that my position is valid? The position paper requires students to demonstrate the skills of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis in response to a written source. Students will be presented with a written source that they must analyze and must demonstrate an understanding of the ideological perspective(s) reflected in the source.
Students must argue a position taken in response to a question regarding the ideological perspective(s) reflected in a written source. Students must support their position using evidence having a theoretical, historical, contemporary, and/or current‑events focus.
The paper contains a question which will remain unchanged from administration to administration. (To what extent should we embrace the ideological perspective(s) presented in the source?) The written source will be different in every administration.
Students are expected to develop responses in essay form that reflect the quality of logical thought and effective communication expected of students completing Social Studies. The Position Paper requires students to demonstrate the skills of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis in response to a written source.
It will be presented with a written source that they must analyze and must demonstrate an understanding of the ideological perspective(s) reflected in the source. It requires students to argue a position taken in response to a question regarding the ideological perspective(s) reflected in a written source. Students must support their position using evidence having a theoretical, historical, contemporary, and/or current events focus. Part of your mark comes from your ability to write position papers. In order to be successful in this class you must create these position papers and if you want to excel in SS you must do this well. So the questions are: What is a position paper and how do I write a position paper? A position paper is analyzing a set source given to you at the beginning of the assignment, and then choosing a position on the source using the following question: To what extent should we embrace the ideological perspective(s) presented in the source? Sample sources include:
The world has enough resources to meet our needs but not our greed
The Lubicon way of life has been destroyed. They deserve to be compensated for what they have lost and granted a reserve on the shore of Lubicon Lake.
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
Canada went into Afghanistan for very real reasons of national security and international security. Because as 9/11 showed, if we abandon our fellow human beings to lives of poverty, brutality and ignorance, in today’s global village, their misery will eventually and inevitable become our own. So NOw what? I have a source but what am I going to do with it? Where does my position come into it? After you have read the source you must begin to analyze it. What is being said? What are the perspectives? Why are they important? What are some of the complexities involved with the source? Who might support or oppose the perspectives of the source? What is your position of the source? Directly from the government website: What you need to do: It is your responsibility to complete the task! Again you are expected to: Things you must keep in mind:
I cannot write your paper for you!
You must choose a position and develop your own ideas and case study material Bottom Line:
You get a source and explain the message and all the ideological perspectives
You agree to embrace or not embrace (agree or not)
You give prove of your point (case studies)
You tie the case studies back to your position and to the source. If you still don't understand how to do it check out the following websites: The depth of your position and your ability to analyze the source will be how you are evaluated. Look at the following rubrics to understand this! IF you did all of the following then you should get at least a s. If you do the following well then you will get a Pf or E. YOur writing and your ability to follow the guidelines will reflect your mark. Do you have any questions or concerns regarding the process?
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