Purpose and Overview
The essay assignment requires the use of a claim of policy. This kind of argument is sometimes called a proposal argument or a problem-solution argument even though “solving” a problem is not always the primary goal. Sometimes the goal is to address or merely “lessen” the problem.
Seales, Amanda. Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use. Abrams Image, 2019.
In an essay of at least 1,200 words (about 4-5 pages), chose a topic from Seales’s book about which you can make an argument based upon a claim of policy.
Based upon the issue that you have chosen, what should or could be done about this issue? What is one way that it could or should realistically be addressed?
You will need to use at least three sources. Of course, one of those will need to be Seales’s book. The other two sources you must locate on your own.
Use MLA format when introducing and citing sources, including the ideas from Small Doses. You will also need to include a Works Cited list that includes all of the outside sources you used in your final draft, including Small Doses. The Works Cited list does not count toward the minimum word count.
Some notes to help you with writing your essay:
1. Be prepared to describe the problem or issue to readers who might not be familiar with it. For example, you’ll need to establish how widespread or serious an issue or problem it is. Some data, statistics, etc. would be helpful in defining the problem for your audience.
2. Make a list of the cause or causes of the problem. Your solution should probably address them directly. If you can get rid of the cause or causes of the problem, maybe you can get rid of the problem itself.
3. Choose a specific action that you want to propose. Make it as clear and direct as possible. Your proposed solution could eliminate or just lessen the problem, but it should not be so broad as to suggest that “something should be done.” Be specific about what that “something” should or could be.
4. Clearly explain the steps that would need to be taken to implement your proposal. Be sure to include who would be involved in each of the steps and what costs (money, time, effort, etc.) might be associated with each step (and overall).
5. Describe what the outcome would be. If your proposal were implemented, how would things be different? In particularly, how would they be better than they are now?
6. The counterarguments this time will likely be the other proposals that people have made regarding this issue or problem. You will need to describe them and then explain why your proposal is better or stronger than each of the alternatives.
7. How you incorporate Seales’s writing into your final draft is up to you, but you might consider discussing what she says about the problem or issue AND/OR what she suggests might need to be done about the problem or issue.
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