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
Composition Outline and Summary assignment that is received after
the date (Due Monday 11.20)
will receive 0 out of 50 points.
must complete the Composition Outline and Summary assignment in
order to submit and receive grade points for any of the subsequent
to this policy can only be allowed where provisions are made 48
hours in advance of the due date.
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).
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?
Provide a possible title you will give to your composition.
Concisely state here the main idea(s) that you want to communicate in
D. State the philosophical
problem that motives your composition.
E. Describe one
of the alternate positions that someone may hold in response to the
Describe another of the alternate positions that someone may hold
in response to the philosophical problem.
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?
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:
Problem of Purpose
Why I choose the Framework "Nothing Is"
. My religious background
A challenge to my beliefs
The philosophical problem of life's purpose
What is a "purpose?
A purpose is not just a cause
A purpose is based on a plan or goal
Someone needs to set the plan or goal
Why people feel the need for a purpose to life
Reasons for doubting that life has a purpose
. Restating the problem; "Does life have an ultimate purpose?"
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