First, unlike the Toulmin and Rogerian methods where one side is argued over another, the middle ground argument mediates between two sides of an issue, finding a ‘middle ground’ solution. In other words, this argumentative position seeks to forward a compromise solution between two positions.
Middle Ground Discussion: For this discussion, choose an issue that you wrote about previously in this course (either your Toulmin essay on school uniforms or Rogerian essay on Internet Use and Abuse Among the Youth). Let the class know your previous claim and briefly how you proved this claim in your essay. After this brief review discussion, discuss how you would have approached this particular topic if you were to write a middle ground argument, instead of a Toulmin or Rogerian argument. Would you have adjusted your claim? If so, what sort of adjustment would you need? Would you have to find additional sources about your topic in order to prove this new claim? Is a middle ground solution a more practical solution to your chosen issue?
Concluding Remarks: Secondly, during this course, you have read quite a few arguments, critiqued some of these arguments, and written essays using various methods of argumentation. Take a moment to consider your future courses at APUS and/or your current/future career field. How can you incorporate what you have learned into your career or education?
Middle ground- 200 words
Concluding Remarks- 100 words.