driving age should be raised to 18 – exclusivewritings.com

-The age at which people can get a driver’s license should be raised to 18,This could bring a lot of conflicts since children from rich families get to know how to drive cars and operate machines at very tender ages.

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Purpose and Overview

The third (and next-to-last) out-of-class writing assignment of the semester 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. You’ve been anxious throughout the semester to write an argument based upon a claim of policy, so here, at last, is your chance.

Background Readings (in Elements of Argument)

Baltimore Sun, “Teachers Packing Heat,” pp. 496-498

Marlene Cimons, “Americans’ Mental Health Is Latest Victim of Changing Climate,” pp. 509-511

Devin Coldewey, “Police Complaints Drop 93 Percent after Deploying Body Cameras,” pp. 576-577

Chauncey DeVega, “What Obama’s Dallas Speech Missed: Police Brutality Is Rooted in Race-Based Housing Segregation and Economic Inequality,” pp. 567-570

Redditt Hudson, “I’m a Black Ex-Cop, and This Is the Real Truth about Race and Policing,” pp. 571-576

Wayne LaPierre, “What Should America Do about Gun Violence?”, pp. 493-495

Jaeah Lee, “Here’s the Data That Shows Cops Kill Black People at a Higher Rate than White People,” pp. 560-563

Diana Liverman and Amy Glasmeier, “What Are the Economic Consequences of Climate Change?”, pp. 521-524

Reynard Loki, “4 Reasons Climate Change Affects National Security,” pp. 519-521

Jennifer Ludden, “Should We Be Having Kids in the Age of Climate Change?”, pp. 514-518

Heather Mac Donald, “Black and Unarmed: Behind the Numbers,” pp. 563-567

Alex Mesoudi, “Mass Shootings and the Mass Media: Does Media Coverage of Mass Shootings Inspire Copycat Crimes?”, pp. 500-503

National Center for Science Education, “How Will Climate Change Affect the World and Society?”, pp. 506-508

Leonard Pitts Jr., “Children Killing Children—Just Another Normal Day,” pp. 495-496

Andis Robeznieks, “Healthcare Confronts Climate Change: Schools, Providers Focus on Health Effects to Dampen Political Opposition,” pp. 511-514

Robert Ross, “Mental Health Services a Defense against School Violence,” pp. 498-500

Writing Task

In an essay of at least 1,200 words (about 4-5 pages), chose a topic about which you can make an argument based upon a claim of policy. You may use one of the topics in the background readings listed above or you may decide to select a topic of your own.

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 outside sources in your final draft. If you choose one of the topics suggested by the textbook readings, you may use one of the textbook readings as one of the minimum three sources. You may want to use more than one of the textbook readings, but only one of them will count toward meeting the minimum of three outside sources.

Use MLA format when introducing and citing sources, including the readings from the textbook. You will also need to include a Works Cited list that includes all of the outside sources you used in your final draft. The Works Cited list does not count toward the minimum word count.

For the Thesis and Rough Draft Workshop, you will need to have made a tentative selection of a possible topic and located at least one outside source other than the readings from the textbook. You should have also considered what has caused the problem or issue and the particular steps that it will take to implement your proposal. And you should have, as always, considered what an opposing viewpoint to your claim might be.

Your responses to the workshop questions will need to be submitted to Canvas by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. You will then respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts so that they (and you) can work on the final draft.

Some notes to help you with writing your essay:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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?
  • 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.

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