Writing Assignment Guidelines Assignment I: Reflection on Intelligent Design on Trial (NOVA, PBS, 2007) ** Due: Fri, Feb 1, 11:59pm ** (Only essays submitted through myCourses will be accepted.) Objective Write an essay that critically and articulately discusses the NOVA episode, Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (2007). (Evidently, this title can no longer be viewed for free on the NOVA website; however, there are several decent-quality versions of the full episode available on YouTube. Here’s one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HZzGXnYL5I). Present arguments addressing each side of the debate investigated by the film (see below for details), making sure also to address broader societal (for example, ethical, religious, legal, and educational) impacts. Requirements & Guidelines The submitted essay should address the main topic of the film in a focused, well-written, and carefully organized way. The essay should be at least 1.5 single-spaced pages in length (excluding references, if these are included [see below]). Like any good essay, the paper should include an introduction with a clearly-stated thesis; body paragraphs supporting the thesis; and a conclusion that summarizes the principal arguments made, and reiterates the thesis. For full credit: i. The main positions of opposing sides should be clearly identified and discussed; *be sure to include specific references to the film.* ii. The scientific merits of opposing arguments should be carefully assessed to the best of your ability, drawing on your knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc., as well as on strategies and concepts we have discussed in class. iii. Broader societal aspects of the controversy—for example, ethical, legal, or political implications—should also be discussed. iv. Present arguments supporting your own conclusion(s), based on the assessment described in (ii). Spelling, grammar, clarity, style, and effectiveness of argumentation will also contribute to the overall grade.