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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Health Argument for Veganism

Paper instructions:
PG #3 Instructions
*Note: Again, I should remind you that following directions is the most important part of this assignment.

For the invention portion of this exercise, think about some regular practice, rule, or law in your area of interest that you have strong feelings or opinions about. You may be for it or against it.  For example, if my area of interest is environmental studies, I may feel strongly that there should be a law regulating automobile emissions.

Then, using the model on page 218-219 of you textbook as a guide, write an introduction explaining the rule/practice and the general gist of why it should continue or be abolished. Be sure your reader understands the issue at stake. DO NOT COPY THE MODEL IN THE BOOK AND SUBSTITUTE YOUR OWN SUBJECT MATTER—it should be used only as a rough guide.

Then you will write four more paragraphs that argue your position:

Consistency: Is this practice consistent with practices in other areas? (For example: Generally, ordinances are usually enacted to protect species that have reached the endangered species threshold, and beavers in Denton have reached that threshold. I would use this idea to support my stance.)

Justice: Is it fair?  What parties are involved?  What is at stake for each?  Are the interests of each being equally weighed?

Expediency: How is your proposal working toward some greater end? Is it efficient in reaching that end? (e.g. Will outlawing beaver hunting actually help to restore the beaver population?)  What IS your ultimate goal that this proposal will help to achieve?

Practicability:  Is your proposal practical? Applicable? How likely is it that it could actually be put into effect? Does it cost too much? What is required to put it into effect? Are the benefits worth the costs?
*Note that you should tie your concluding statements into the practicability paragraph--this paragraph is your conclusion, too.

Each of the four final paragraphs must use either data or testimony.  You can use paraphrase or direct quotes. Do not worry about parenthetical citations for now--just use informal, in-text citations. Ask me if you do not know what this means. I will be looking to see that you chose effective and appropriate witnesses (eyewitnesses or experts), and also that your testimony is effectively integrated or interpreted into each paragraph. It should be clear how the testimony relates to and helps your argument. Please use at least two pieces of testimony and at least one piece of data. But remember you need four pieces total.

Remember five key features mentioned in class:
-Authority (do your witnesses have proper, relevant authority? are they impartial?)
-Insight (are your witnesses giving insightful testimony that is moving your argument forward?)
-Set up your testimony (give reader a hint of what's about to come)
-Give the testimony/data
-Integrate or interpret the testimoney (explain its significance for your argument, show how it relates to other parts of your argument, interpret its meaning for the purposes of your argument, etc.) (The signal phrases we discussed in class will help you with this).

Technical stuff:
-Please LABEL all of the four middle paragraphs (consistency, justice, expediency, practicability).  Also, HIGHLIGHT or UNDERLINE ALL TESTIMONY OR DATA.

-As always, please staple, label, and type your paper (double spaced, 12 pt. font, TNR, 1" margins). By "staple" I mean staple both rough and final drafts together. By “label” I mean that it should say “PG #3” somewhere at the top. Any papers that do not follow these directions will receive points off.

-Please proofread your paper twice, and please get help with grammar (especially run-ons) if you need to. Points will be deducted for that kind of stuff. See me or a tutor if you need to.

-Please title your paper. Your title should reflect your issue and stance. “PG #3” is not your title.

-Length should be five well-developed paragraphs.

-You will need to do some research for this assignment. Your sources can include reliable websites, magazines, books, journals, interviews, documentaries, etc. Please do not make stuff up.

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