The Situation We are bombarded with arguments every day, arguments about what ou
The Situation We are bombarded with arguments every day, arguments about what our diet should be, who we should vote for, why we should exercise. The question is: “Are these sound arguments?” You won’t know if you can’t effectively analyze the argument. Analysis means breaking an argument down into its parts: the claim, the evidence to support that claim, the logic used to structure the claim, and the language used to appeal to the reader. Once you can effectively analyze an argument, your risk of being swayed by weak arguments and faulty reasoning is substantially lowered. Furthermore, one of the most difficult aspects of writing any research paper is working effectively with sources. Obviously, effective research-based writing must incorporate the ideas and arguments of other experts, but it should not do so without clear analysis of the strength of their arguments. Most importantly, sources should be used to support YOUR ideas, YOUR argument, and to show that you are aware of an extended, ongoing conversation that is taking place about your topic. For this assignment, we will continue to break down the process of working with sources, this time by analyzing and synthesizing the arguments set forth by different authors, beginning with the story of Steve Bartman and the 2003 Chicago Cubs National League Championship Series. Your Task Your essay should analyze any instance in which an individual or group has been scapegoated for something. Begin by contextualizing the contoversy surrounding the issue in such a way that any general audience would be able to understand the situation. Who was scapegoated and by whom? Why? What sorts of socio-political or socio-economic factors contributed to the controversy? What role did other forces, such as the media, play? Was there any good reason to scapegoat that person or group or was the instance wholly unjust? Your paper will take the form of an analytical-argumentative-persuasive essay in which you make a strong claim about a scapegoated individual or group. Remember that you want to persuade your audience to agree with your thesis, so provide reasons for it and support those reasons with effective, concrete evidence. Your essay should not only utilize supporting evidence, but also address complicating evidence because the better your piece can justify itself against opposing positions, the more convincing it will be. Keep in mind that all the evidence you introduce must support your own thinking, not substitute for it. Your extended analysis must contain no fewer than seven quotes from at least three sources, including one block quote. You should also give your analysis a meaningful title. Learning Outcomes: After completing your extended analysis, you will be able to: Conduct academic research drawing from multiple sources in multiple media related to a scapegoated individual or group. Read texts in a variety of disciplines and genres, such as feature stories, reviews, and socio-political analyses, using critical reading strategies. Defend a position in relation to the range of ideas surrounding the scapegoated person or group. Construct a logically supported argument. Demonstrate knowledge of writing as a process, including consideration of peer and instructor feedback, from initial draft to final revision. Demonstrate sentence-level correctness. Correctly utilize MLA documentation style

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