Ms. J. Posey
To make an argument and persuade your audience
to take a course of action regarding a current issue that will
affect future generations.
Overview: Think for a
moment about how much life has changed in the past fifty
years…Thanks to advancements in technology world cultures have
changed dramatically, and will continue to do so as the effects of
these “advancements” become more apparent. In a recent Disney film
titled, Wall•E, many of
these issues have been brought to light, but what is interesting is
that it has been done in a film targeted for an audience of
children. You are to pick one of the issues highlighted in the film
and write an argumentation-persuasion paper regarding that issue.
For example, all of the human characters in the film are obese. What
does this imply? What are some of the causes of obesity generated in
the film and how can this be remedied?
Audience: You will be
writing for an academic American audience.
Point of View:
You will write in third person point of view. (Avoid the following
pronouns: I, Me, My, We, Our, Us, You, Your)
Your essay should be 750-1200 words in length.
You must use
three outside sources to
support your claims. One
of these must be an article from a scholarly journal.
You must acknowledge and refute
one argument made by the
opposition. In order to present a logically sound argument, you must
be able to acknowledge the opposing view and prove beyond a
reasonable doubt that your view is the right choice.
This will be referred to as
You need to include
an MLA formatted Works Cited page.
You need to use
the AEES format to structure your paper.
At the library homepage, use
Academic Search Premier,
Academic Onefile or General Onefile. Then go to Controversial
searches are different from keyword searches because they use
something called a controlled vocabulary. A subject search
looks for standard or predetermined terms in database records.
For example – a database may use the subject term automobiles as
subject heading rather than the term cars. Even though an
article used the term car rather than automobile, it would be
indexed under automobile. All
terms will provide links to pertinent records. You can browse
this list alphabetically,
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