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english 103 eassy

English 103 Essay 2: The Death Penalty / Capital PunishmentYour assignment is to write a persuasive essay of 5-7 pages (1,000-1,500 words) on thesubject of the death penalty. You should answer the following question in your essay:Is thedeath penalty an appropriate punishment for violent criminals in the United States, or should itbe abolished nationwide?Write an essay expressing your own opinion on the death penalty, inwhich you attempt to convince the reader to take some action (either agree with your point-of-view, actively protest against the death penalty, or take some other action).Your essay must have a title, a thesis statement, and five or more paragraphs. Useprewriting techniques to generate ideas if you need to. The purpose of a persuasive essay is toconvince the reader to agree with a point of view or to take an action. The author of such an essayuses appeals such asethos, logos,andpathos,as well as other techniques (such asmetaphorandsimile) to deliver his or her message to the reader.You may refer to the three persuasive appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) and/or use theterminology created by Stephen Toulmin in your essay. For example, you may identify thefollowing elements in the sources you analyze:claim(thesis),grounds(evidence), andwarrant(link between the two).You must use evidence from each of the following sources to support yourthesis.You may also use additional sources related to the subject of the death penalty:1.The filmThe Green Mile.Do the events of the film (specifically the tortuous executionof a guilty man and the execution of an innocent one) affect your opinions on the deathpenalty? (You may also use Stephen King’s original novelThe Green Mileas a source.)2.Two or more of the following essays:a.   Zachary Shemtob and David Lat, “Executions Should be Televised” (pages 62-63 inthe Barnet book).b.   Edward I. Koch, “Death and Justice: How the Death Penalty Affirms Life” (from ourcourse website).c.   Adam Gopnik, “The Caging of America” (pages 571-580 in the Barnet book).d.   David Bruck, “The Death Penalty” (from our course website).Please see the next page for a sample works cited list.Your final draft must be word-processed, according to the Modern Language Association style guidelines. You may also useinformation from thewww.bedfordstmartins.com/barnetbedau to support your points. Relax andhave fun with this assignment!A Sample Persuasive OutlineTitle: Google is Not So BadThesis Statement: “In his essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, Nicholas Carr claims that theInternet is “. . . chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation” (para. 4).However, based on my own experience, technology such as the Internet makes it easier for me towork, write, and socialize with my friends.”I.    IntroductionA.  HookB.  ThesisII.  An analysis of Carr’s essayA.  Carr’s thesisB.  Carr’s supportIII. Technology at WorkA.Example:Fahrenheit 451B.  Example: my experience (data entry)IV.  Technology for WritingA. Example: “Cellphones Stifle Students”B. Example: my experience (research)V.  Technology for SocializingA. Example:The MatrixB. Example: my experience (social media)VI. ConclusionA.  Restatement of thesisB.  Satisfaction of the reader

 
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