What is your tentative claim? (State as a
What are some reasons you’ll use to support that
claim? (State each reason as a complete sentence.)
Consider why you take the position you do—not so
much your logic or reasoning but the contextual influences that may have shaped
1)Where did you grow up?
Describe your neighborhood, school, hometown? How might your local community
have influenced the way you view this issue?
2)Describe your values and
beliefs, your convictions and/or where you get your morals or your sense of
right and wrong. What helps you to define what’s right and wrong? Where do you
think your sense of values came from? How might these values, beliefs,
convictions, and morals affect your views of the issue you’re writing about?
3)What people have been
most influential in shaping your views? How do they influence your ideas? How
might they influence the way you view this particular issue?
4)Describe any biases that
you have that may influence how you view this issue. Do you have something to
gain personally from taking the position you do? If so, what is it?
5)Can you think of any
specific personal experiences (event, story, film, book) that may have
influenced the way you view this issue?
6)How might your education
affect your position on this issue? How were you schooled—at home, or in a
public, private, religious, charter, or alternative institution? Have you
received formal education or training from work or service-related
affiliations? Has your education extended beyond the classroom—via travel or
unique circumstances? How might your education—in and out of schoold--have
influenced your views on this issue?
choose two or three of the most significant points from your responses to
discuss in a focused personal position analysis of approximately 500 words.