HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE ASSIGNMENT #3 Writing assignment #3 is all about exploring, analyzing and defending a position. You must respond to an issue focused question (often dealing with a current event). Several brief responses from fictitious citizens will be provided to serve as a prompt for you. Assignment #3 is worth 20% of the diploma examination. The following is an example of the format for written response #3 How should Canada respond to Arctic Sovereignty? Write a letter to the editor in which you must: Explore the issue of Arctic sovereignty Analyze various points of view on the issue Explain and defend your position on the question Support your point of view using your understanding of Social Studies Tips for completing the writing assignment: Exploring the issue of how to respond to a certain issue Consider ~ What is the issue about? ~ What is the big picture issue? ~ How does this issue impact quality of life? Standard of living? Analyzing various points of view on the issue ~ Carefully read the sources provided and use this to help form your response; highlight relevant values and concerns raised on the issue ~ DO NOT simply copy their words or ideas instead use them to assist you in identifying the various points of view on the issue ~ You can discuss all three points of view on the issue or the two most extreme ~ Be sure to identify the values associated with the various positions (the citizens often reflect various degrees of individualism or collectivism) Explaining and defending your position on the question ~ Clearly state your point of view on the issue using a strong statement like “I believe that …..” ~You can talk about what you like about certain points of view and what you dislike about other points of view Supporting your point of view using your understanding of Social Studies ~ this is where you should bring in examples from class NOTE: “Exploration and analysis” are weighted the same as “defense of position” so you must do both satisfactorily in order to pass writing assignment #3. Always proofread your responses and edit if necessary.