Project #39337 - Assignment#4

Choose an argument that you found online (you may utilize an argument from a video posted online, a blog, a news source, a political website, or any other resource that will allow you to satisfactorily meet the requirements of the assignment). You may also select from this week’s relevant recommended resources.

Once you have selected your source, you will then evaluate the argument being presented in the source in an essay of 400 words. In your evaluation:

  1. Identify the issue, the premises, and conclusions of the argument.
  2. Determine whether the argument is sound or unsound (deductive), valid or invalid (deductive), or strong or weak (inductive).
  3. Explain why you have chosen to label it as sound or unsound, valid or invalid, and/or strong or weak.

Use the “Steps for evaluating an argument” template for assistance with structuring your evaluation; however, you should construct and submit your evaluation in an essay format. Do not merely turn in a bulleted outline.

The essay must be 400 words in length, excluding title and reference pages, and formatted according to APA style. For information regarding APA formatting, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar in your online course. The only required resource for this assignment is the media object or written work you analyze. This should be the piece that you primarily use to complete this assignment. Secondary sources are welcome but not necessary, and they should not be used in place of the argument piece you analyze.

Required Resources


  1. Johnson, P. (2013). Steps for evaluating an argument [Template]. Office of Assessment Strategies & Instructional Systems, Ashford University, Clinton, IA.
    • This template will assist with the process of evaluating an argument.


Recommended Resources

Examples of Arguments in Media

You may use these examples in your essay or find your own arguments to evaluate.  It is not necessary to view all examples, but it is encouraged that you view as many as necessary to find an argument you would like to evaluate.

  1. Adobe. (2012, Oct. 24). The Slap[Video file]. Retrieved from
    • This commercial presents students with a specific logical fallacy example. Transcript.
  2. Dunning, B. (2013). Logical Fallacies 2[Video file]. Retrieved from
    • This video demonstrates multiple informal logical fallacies that the students will examine during this week. Transcript.
  3. TheHtownusa. (2011, March 31). The fallacy project: Examples of fallacies from advertising, politics, and popular culture[Video file]. Retrieved from
    • Transcript.
  4. UnlimitedProductions. (2006, Oct. 30). Monty Python – The Annoying Peasant[Video file]. Retrieved from
    • Monty Python and the holy grail: Peasant scene. (2009). In [Transcript]. Retrieved from

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