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  • 1. Persuade Me About The Giver Essay Directions: You will write a persuasive essay using the following directions: 1. Select one (1) of the following subjects to respond to. a. Is the Community in The Giver a utopian society? b. Which is a better place to live, the Community in The Giver or Rensselaer? c. Is Utopia possible? (Please include evidence from outside the novel also.) d. Did Jonas and Gabriel live or die at the end of the novel? e. Genetic engineering is the scientific alteration of the DNA molecules of living organisms. It is normally used to increase yields in both animal and crop production. Many ethical questions abound about this barely explored area of science. Should humans use genetic engineering? f. Some say that the Earth is already overpopulated and its resources taxed. This is one reason to argue for population control. A con for population control would be that people are an important resource to keep building up. 2. Include all of the elements of a persuasive essay. a. Thesis Statement (clear statement of opinion) in the first paragraph b. Reasons (that formed this opinion) c. Evidence (from the text and other sources that support your reasons) d. Refute the Opposition (anticipate at least one objection and prove it wrong) 3. Support your opinion with evidence from The Giver. a. Introduce the book as your main resource—include title and author. b. Find passages from the text that support your reasons. c. Insert the passage into your essay directly before or after your reason. Explain how the passage supports your reason. d. Include page number for all passages included in your essay -- in parentheses after the insertion. Here’s an example: Although Jonas doesn’t like to think about his light eyes, Lily points out how that he is different. “And he has funny eyes like yours, Jonas” (p. 20). 4. Your writing should reflect your best effort. a. Keep your writing clear and concise, quality is more important than quantity. b. Use examples from the text to support your reasons. Also, EXPLAIN how your examples support your reasons. c. Include an attention-grabbing opening, making the reader WANT to read your essay. d. Effectively conclude your essay by helping the reader see things differently or appreciate your topic in personally relevant ways.
  • 2. Sample Introduction with a Thesis Statement and one Objection Can you imagine a world without pain, warfare, poverty, hunger, or terror? Sounds pretty good so far, right? Now, take away feelings, love, diversity, choices, and even the ability to see colors. It doesn't sound so great anymore, does it? Some people may consider such a place a utopia, shielding its inhabitants from all evil; others would say it is a dystopia, in which no one has the right to speak out, have choices, or to love one another. In the novel, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, a twelve-year-old boy, Jonas, finds himself in a dystopia when he realizes that there is more to life outside of his sheltered community. Although the people of Jonas' community do not know anything different than their way of life, the society is a dystopia, rather than a utopia .
  • 3. Giver Persuasive Final Draft Rubric 5 4 3 2 0 Writing X 2 Thesis Statement: States a clear position or perspective in support of a proposition or proposal Reasons: Describes the points in support of the proposition Evidence & Examples: employing wellarticulated, relevant evidence Opposition: Anticipates and addresses readers’ concerns and counter-arguments. Thesis statement clearly states opinion about the topic. Thesis statement give opinion about the topic. Thesis statement is unfocused and does not give a clear opinion Thesis statement is missing. Essay includes several reasons in support of thesis statement. Essay includes some reasons in support of thesis statement. Essay includes reasons in support of thesis statement. Essay includes few/no reasons in support of thesis statement. Reasons are clear and relevant to the topic. Reasons are unclear or irrelevant to the topic. Reasons are unclear or irrelevant to the topic. Essay includes clear, relevant evidence from the text in support of most reasons. Essay anticipates at least one opposition arugument. Essay includes evidence from the text in support of most reasons. Essay includes no evidence from the text to support reasons. Essay anticipates at least one opposition arugument. Essay does not aticipate or refute opposition arguments. Essay refutes at least one oppostion argument. Essay does not refute oppostion argument. Reasons are clear and relevant to the topic. Essay includes clear, relevant evidence from the text in support of each reason. Essay anticipates at least one opposition arugument. Essay refutes at least one oppostion argument using evidence from the text. Did not complete assignment Conventions S-V and P-A Agreement Spelling, Punctuation, Capitalization No errors in subject-verb or pronounantecedent agreement Demonstrates accurate spelling and the correct use of punctuation and capitalization Few errors in subject-verb or pronoun-antecedent agreement Demonstrates mostly accurate spelling and the correct use of punctuation and capitalization Some errors in subject-verb and/or pronoun antecedent agreement Demonstrates some accurate spelling and/or the correct use of punctuation and capitalization Several errors in subject-verb and/or pronounantecedent agreement Demonstrates little accurate spelling and/or the correct use of punctuation and capitalization Persuade Me About The Giver Essay Checklist Directions: Complete all items on this list. DUE DATE: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
  • 4. I have a completed a 4-square graphic organizer for my persuasive essay. I have included a clear thesis statement. I have included several reasons to support my thesis statement. I have included evidence from the text to support/explain my reasons. I have anticipated at least 1 opposing argument to my thesis. I have refuted the opposing argument using evidence from the text. I have grabbed the attention of my readers at the beginning of my essay by using a quote, anecdote, question or wake-up call. ______I have concluded my essay by showing why my opinion is important. ______I have revised my essay so that each reason and it’s supporting evidence is clear. ______I have edited my essay so that there are no errors in s-v or p-a agreement and all of the spelling and punctuation are correct. I am proud of this essay because it reflects my opinion about a topic, my understanding of the structure of persuasive writing, and it is an example of my best work. Persuade Me About The Giver Final Draft Requirements Please include all items listed below combined into a single packet. Checklist/Requirements/Rubrics Clean, typed copy of Final Draft Original hand-written Draft 4-Square graphic organizer Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement A thesis statement is basically a short statement, usually a 15 to 25 word sentence, that summarizes the
  • 5. main point or claim of an essay, search paper, etc., and is developed, supported, and explained in the text by means of examples and evidence. Your thesis statement should not be a factual statement but a declarative statement that can be argued. Otherwise, using a factual statement for your thesis statement leaves no room for intellectual discourse since a factual statement is generally accepted and is most likely proven to be true. 1. A persuasive/ argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The goal of the persuasive/argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided. 2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence. 3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper. 4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper. Thesis Statement Example • Sample Assignment: Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college • Example of an argumentative thesis statement: High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.
  • 6. main point or claim of an essay, search paper, etc., and is developed, supported, and explained in the text by means of examples and evidence. Your thesis statement should not be a factual statement but a declarative statement that can be argued. Otherwise, using a factual statement for your thesis statement leaves no room for intellectual discourse since a factual statement is generally accepted and is most likely proven to be true. 1. A persuasive/ argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The goal of the persuasive/argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided. 2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence. 3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper. 4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper. Thesis Statement Example • Sample Assignment: Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college • Example of an argumentative thesis statement: High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.