New York: St. Williams, Joseph Bizup, and William T. If you are making an argument concerning, for example, the outcomes of the Civil War, you might wish to see what some of these people have to say.
You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. For more information on objectivity and bias and on reading sources carefully, read our handouts on evaluating print sources and reading to write.
In the majority of college papers, you will need to make some sort of claim and use evidence to support it, and your ability to do this well will separate your papers from those of students who see assignments as mere accumulations of fact and detail.
You may reproduce it for non-commercial use if you use the entire handout and attribute the source: The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is usually better to consider one or two serious counterarguments in some depth, rather than to give a long but superficial list of many different counterarguments and replies.
Your conclusion should make clear where you stand.
Current methods used to assess divided attention usually involve a variation of the CPT with an additional task included e. Most assuredly, it is important to explore and decide your position before proceeding with the actual writing.
People who show up at a protest already know exactly what they think.