Periodically, Singaporeans debate the merits of conscripting women into military service or, as an alternative, requiring them to serve the nation in other areas, such as healthcare, eldercare, environmental conservation and community building.
Read the article entitled “Let Women Contribute By Doing NS In The Community” by Cho Ming En on this issue, and write a critique of the text, incorporating the following:
a) An introductory paragraph that identifies Cho’s thesis (using your own words as far as possible). This can consist of a few short sentences, or a single all-encompassing sentence that encapsulates the writer’s reason and conclusion, and the focus of his work. (5 marks)
b) Your introductory paragraph should contain a summary of Cho’s claims. You should state these briefly, enumerating them using signals such as firstly, secondly, etc. You also need to state that you disagree with Cho’s viewpoint on the issue, and provide a brief reasoning for your stand. (20 marks)
c) Your own assertions about the ideas and issues in Cho’s article, supported by your own arguments and evidence drawn from at least three external resources, which agree or disagree with specific points in the reading. This incorporates and synthesises the views of others into your writing. Naturally, your critique will be more robust if you cite more resources. Please recognise ONE agreement point and THREE disagreement points. You should present Cho’s claim, reasons, evidence and assumptions. Develop your position and assertions pertaining to the key issues using the concession and refutation process. (40 marks)
d) A paragraph recognising the overall strength and weakness of Cho’s arguments based on your evaluation in Question 1(c). Please provide ONE area of strength and ONE area of weakness in the main article. You should also suggest how Cho could make her arguments more convincing. (10 marks)
e) A concluding paragraph that sums up your main points and gives a sense of cohesion to the whole essay. You should state briefly the flaws of Cho’s arguments and reiterate your stance. (5 marks)