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You will read two articles that focus on the effects of materialism and overconsumption of goods. You will begin to work on the essay based on the two texts provided-one by Graham Hill and the other by Juliet Shor. (Include a these and outline page apart from the essay itself) Overview: • This essay assignment is tied to Graham Hill’s “ Living with Less, A Lot Less” and “Work, Spend” by Juliet Schorr • Length is 3 to 4 pages (approximately 750-1000 words) Purpose: Locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from sources representing diverse perspectives to construct arguments. Skills: The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in the course/in school/ in professional life beyond school. • Read and understand arguments made by other writers • Identify claims they make about the subjects in othere writers’ texts • Analyzesocial and economic trends • Understand how to use argumentativ etechniques like Rogerian and Refutation. Knowledge: This assignment will also help you to become familiar with the following content/knowledge. • Examine how different people approach or ignore social problems • Develop analytical skills • Comprehend why some people choose certain ways of life Topics: Topic 1: Graham Hill, author of “Living Less. A lot less” claims “the best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all, and that relationships, experiences and meaningful work are the staples of a happy life.” He is making this statement from the perspective of a” materialist” who turned into a “minimalist.” How would a materialist respond to Hill’s claim? Pretend to be a materialist and write a refutation argument in which you provide evidence to disprove Hills theory that material possessions are not a staple for a happy life. Select at least three supporting claims Hill makes in his essay and refute them with concrete examples and evidence. or TOPIC 2: Juliet Schor, author in “Work, Spend,” claims that many American’s feel materially dissatisfied. We work staggeringly long hours, and yet walk around with ever-present mental “wish lists” of things to buy or get, and we save less than virtually anyone in the world. She argues that American’s have substituted a neve rending list of “wants” in place of needs and have become “imprisoned in capitalism’s ‘squirrel cage’” and are eternally caught in a work and spend cycle. Is Juliet Schor’s claim applicable to modern day American society? Write a Toulmin argument in which you prove or disprove Schor’s arguments. Write a clear argumentative thesis on the topic. Address at least three major argument’s Schor makes and provide support for your point of view Task(s): • Step 1 -Choose of of the two topics provided • State the topic and articulate your position on the issue in a claim statement. • Integrate evidence/supporting information from sources representing diverse perspectives. • Step 2- Research your issue/issue and possible solutions You are required to use at least two sources other than Hill or Schor’s essays. Although you may use a thesaurus or a dictionary, these will not qualify as the two other required credible sources. • Step 3 -Create an evidence-based argument essay using MLA format. • Employ standard conventions of grammar and usage. Step 4 – Revise and Proofread and edit for improving the essays structure, MLA format, and mechanical errors Criteria for Success: Stay on the chosen topic. Use the Argument technique listed in your topic. Develop your arguments by using 3 or more premises and at least two concrete details to support each premise. Use credible sources. Use MLA formatting. Rubric: Structure of the argument: 25 points Content/arguments (developed with credible sources) = 50 points Mechanics/MLA formatting= 25 points
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