Please include the following for your preliminary work on your Research and Argument About a Controversial Issue Essay.
- Your topic
- Your issue of controversy(This is not the same as a topic which is usually broader-see below for an example.)
- Debate or guiding question: If you think about it, almost all essays involve a question behind the argument. Your thesis/claim/argument is the short answer to the question. The body of your paper explains the reasons for your short answer and provides further support for both your answer and your reasons. Also, I would like you to remember that most questions and issues have more than two answers and/or perspectives.
- Thesis/claim/argumentYour nutshell (short-one sentence or two at the most) answer to your question.
- Include a paragraph that explores and explains why this question(not the issue-your question-issues can have different questions depending on who is looking at the issue.) is important/significant to you.
- Include a paragraph that explores and explains why others might find this question to be important/significant.
- Include one sentence about how your issue relates to Silent Spring
The reason I ask you to explore and explain why your QUESTION-not the issue- is important to you is that not all questions about an issue deserve equal time and effort in terms of doing research and writing an essay about the research. Exploring and explaining to yourself (and me in this case) why a question is of significance allows you to think more deeply about the reasons you are interested in the question; it can help you refine your question if you discover that it is too broad, or it can help you add more to your question.
Notice that I just used the headings from the assignment.
- Topic Work
- Your issue of controversy Many people work very hard and do not make enough money to live on
- Debate or guiding question: Is it desirable and possible to ensure that every working person makes a living wage?
- Thesis/claim/argumentThe current situation in which many working people (change for percentage of US employed persons) do not make enough money to cover even their basic necessities is no longer desirable or sustainable, and as a society, we should enact legislation to ensure that every working person earns more than enough for basic necessities because a higher standard of living for all Americans will make us a prosperous country again.
- Include a paragraph that explores and explains why this question is important/significant to you This question is important to me because I think it’s crazy that people, including myself, are working so many hours per week, but cannot earn enough money to cover their living expenses. This does not seem like a sustainable situation to me. In the time I have been alive, I have seen the situation get worse for working people. When I was growing up in Detroit, working people-factory workers and others, mostly made a pretty good living. Of course, that was not true of everyone, but auto workers were making a middle-class income. People are so stressed from working too much. Our environment is hurting too from all of the increased traffic as people drive to more than one job meaning commute hours never seem to end. People don’t have time to spend with their loved ones, and even less time for life-enriching activities that allow us to unwind and play away our stress. I just really don’t think people were meant to live this way, and it’s not good for our health or the health of the planet.
- Include a paragraph that explores and explains why others might find this question to be important/significant. I think this question will be important to others for the same reasons as it is important to me. Some people may not agree with me, but I think they still would find my question to be significant. People might find that this question gets them thinking about work in their own life and how it could be better.
- Include one sentence about how your issue relates to Silent Spring. This issue relates to Silent Springbecause, in the book, people don’t think about the long-term consequences of their chemical use, and the same is true of the current work situation; we are not thinking about the long-term consequences of having such a stressed population. (Yes-that is just one sentence.)
Exploratory Questioning and Thesis Development
|Exploratory Questioning and Thesis Development|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGuiding Question
HIGH: question is about a controversial subject and would require a complex answer. LOW: question is not about a controversial subject. Question only requires a simple answer
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesis
HIGH: Thesis answers your question LOW: the thesis doesn’t answer your question or does not make an argument.
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWhy it matters to me
HIGH: The paragraph explores in detail why your question is important FOR YOU. LOW: The paragraph focuses more on why the question SHOULD BE important or explores the broader issue rather than your question about the issue.
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWhy it matters to others
HIGH: The paragraph explores in depth why your question would matter to other people. LOW: The paragraph doesn’t really explain why people would care about the question.
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar/style/spelling
HIGH: few grammatical or word usage problems, style appropriate to the assignment (academic-more formal,) few spelling errors. LOW: shows noticeable lack of proofreading, uses casual style