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Composition Outline & Summary

(Due Monday 11.20)

The following questions and items indicate the planning and ideas that you need to have in order to produce your first graded writing assignment, Composition Outline and Summary. To accomplish this you need to understand the Composition #1 directions, have selected a Philosophical Framework, and have thought through the philosophical problem that you intend to deal with. Understand that this is a first and experiential activity. The feedback that you receive on this outline and summary will help you write a stronger composition.

Note that the Composition Outline and Summary assignment is (Due Monday 11.20). This assignment is worth 50 points. The due date policy is is clear and unambiguous.

Any Composition Outline and Summary assignment that is received after the date (Due Monday 11.20) will receive 0 out of 50 points.

You must complete the Composition Outline and Summary assignment in order to submit and receive grade points for any of the subsequent composition assignments.

Exceptions to this policy can only be allowed where provisions are made 48 hours in advance of the due date.

No student will be held responsible for sheer technical problems (i.e. broken links, net downtime, etc.) It is expected, however, that each student will make an effort to complete and submit the work in advance enough of the due date to be able to make use of alternate means of submission is the event of a problem - such as: emailing the work, postal mailing the work; faxing the work; hand delivering the work; etc.

In the form below, you are asked whether you understand these policies or not. If you have any question or doubt whatever, make sure you express that by your selection and comment in the form below (and by any means of contact that you deem appropriate). This is a tough policy. It's purpose is to help you get started on a sound foundation with clear direction in InterQuest.

Submission: To send your work, you will use the Composition Outline & Summary Submission Form. This is a form that you will fill out online and send by the date (Due Monday 11.20).

Important: this first assignment is exploratory. You are being graded on your effort and timeliness. Receiving this provides me with the opportunity to reply to you with commentary that will help you succeed. I use this first effort as a way to gauge your needs, learn about your viewpoint, and open a dialogue about the philosophical processes in this course. This is not a quiz or test. You are not expected to have all the answers already. This is a first stage in a dynamic process. That is why I need your first effort very soon. I am trying here, to lessen the sense of threat that some learners have about being judged, especially when they are uncertain about what is being asked for. I know that you may have that uncertainty. This assignment is part of the way that I have to communicate to you, individually, what is expected of you (or better; is possible from you). There is even a place on the Composition Outline & Summary Submission form to express your concerns or anxieties. For now, please take it on trust that you and your thoughts are respected in this course. Perfection is not required to succeed at this assignment; courage and honesty are.

The following questions and items indicate the planning and ideas that you need to have in order to produce your first graded writing assignment, Composition Outline and Summary.

A. Which is your chosen Philosophical Framework?

B. Provide a possible title you will give to your composition.

C. Concisely state here the main idea(s) that you want to communicate in your composition.

D. State the philosophical problem that motives your composition.

E. Describe one of the alternate positions that someone may hold in response to the philosophical problem.

F. Describe another of the alternate positions that someone may hold in response to the philosophical problem.
G. If you consider a third alternate position that a person may hold on the philosophical problem, describe it here.

H. Which of the alternative positions do you reject (not believe) and what are your strongest reasons for rejecting it?

I. Which of the alternative positions do you accept (believe) and what are your strongest reasons for accepting it?

J. Provide an orderly and detailed outline of the first composition that you plan to write. Start with the title of your composition. Number the paragraph descriptions and include descriptions of sub sections, for an abbreviated example:
The Problem of Purpose
1. Why I choose the Framework "Nothing Is"
     a . My religious background
     b.  A challenge to my beliefs
2. The philosophical problem of life's purpose
     c. What is a "purpose?
          i. A purpose is not just a cause
          ii. A purpose is based on a plan or goal
          iii. Someone needs to set the plan or goal
      d. Why people feel the need for a purpose to life
      e. Reasons for doubting that life has a purpose
      f . Restating the problem; "Does life have an ultimate purpose?"
3....................

The above is the starting point for a detailed composition outline (it definitely needs work and focus, even in the partial form it is in). Your task is to provide a similarly detailed, clear, and ordered outline for the first composition that you are planning to write. (Don't worry too much about the visual formatting here. If your parts are labeled and the organization is solid, I will get it.

K. Who do you picture as the audience of readers that you are writing for in your first Composition?

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Upon submission you will be linked to the Composition Outline & Summary Submission form. You may examine that form and use it or leave it for now as you need.