Directions: Our Argument Assignment begins with the ideas that information and the public good are interrelated, and that misinformation or misleading claims, such as occurred with the Flint water crisis, can damage both public trust and more tangible aspects like public health. With our increasing access to information via the Internet, we’ve all heard or read claims that are dubious yet are difficult to confront. Your next project will do just that: research and confront a misleading claim. To do this, we’ll follow along with the assignment outlined in The Writer’s Practice in pages 139-143 titled “Why Should I Trust This?”. This argument assignment is based on the concept of “civic online reasoning” and will be based on research from Stanford University on the ability of students to think critically about online content. We’ll engage directly with their research in the coming weeks. Essentially, you will investigate a misleading claim by following it through related “lateral reading” and presenting your findings in a persuasive manner. Topic: I will limit your topics somewhat in this assignment. You will need to find a misleading claim related to some issue or topic within What the Eyes Don’t See. Think back to your reading and your Writer’s Notebook entries over the important issues in the book. What were the most pressing issues that arose when you were reading it? Any issue related to the book is fair game here: public health issues like clean water or clean air, immigration issues, science and ethics (especially the trustworthiness of science), journalism ethics (especially the trustworthiness of print journalism), etc. What the Eyes Don’t See touches on several issues that are quite current in our modern world. Think expansively and find a topic that interests you.