Title: “Are G.M.O. Foods Safe?” Source: NY Times online article Date: April 23, 20

Article Title: “How Food Obsessed Millenials Shape the Future of Food”

Source name: National Geographic

Type of source: Online periodical

Publication date: December 29, 2015.

Author: Rachel Becker

Link to site: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2015/12/29/how-food-obsessed-millennials-shape-the-future-of-food/

Argument Essay75 pointsENG 1020, Professor BlackieFormat:MLA Format: 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing;be sure to check that you have spacing before and after lines set at zero, header with your last name and page number, MLA heading that begins on line 1 of the actual paper. See the sample paper that is on Blackboardunder Writers Tools (left side of page) for help or go to https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.htmlStyle:For our purposes, use only third-person not first-person. Go to Purdue OWL for more discussion on this topic: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/english_as_a_second_language/esl_students/tips_for_writing_in_north_american_colleges/objectivity.htmlOverview: Choose oneof the following categories to read about (resources are in the Week Seven folder): food production;GMOs and food; organic/inorganic food;or differences between generations and food, e.g., Millennials, Gen Z. Purpose:to convince your audience of your view onthe topic you have selected.Use the Classical or Aristotelian argument structure that is explained in ch. 12 of the online textbookand demonstrated in the sample essay in Appendix B (note:this essay is in APA format, not MLA). Inquiry question/essentialquestion: Thismeans that the question is controversial or debatable. See the resource on developing inquiry questions that is under Week Seven.It is essential that the thesis reflects a debatable topic. Use the sample essay inAppendix B of the online textbook for help. You can use the researchthatyou used for the Exploratory Essay as well as any of the texts that you’ve read/viewed for this class. If you use this information, be sure you have correct MLAin-text citations within the essay as well as a Works Cited page.You may want to use sections of your writing from the Exploratory Essay if they support your thesis.There is no mandatory number of resources required for this essay.Do not use a topic that you have used in a previous essay in any other class.Your essay should include all of the followingthat are identified in Ch. 12:•Introduction (The introduction may be more than one paragraph.)oIntroduce the reader to the issue and show the reader why he/she should care about it oGive background on the issueoTell the reader how you will go about proving your argument (forecastingpassage)
oThesis(main point)•Body (This is the longest part of the essay, so you will need multiple paragraphs.)oReasons and supports for the thesisthat relate to at least one value or belief held by the reader•The Opposing Views (This section may be more than one paragraph.)oSummary of counterarguments or the opposingviews on the topicoRefutation or concession,to the opposing argument (see p. 86 in the textbook)•Conclusion oReminds the reader of the main point or thesis and summarizes the argument oIncludesa call to action or makesa connection to a larger issue.Due dates:Send youressential question to Jane.Blackie@tri-c.eduby 9 pm Tuesday, April 28. You will need my approval before you begin to write the essay.The final draft is due to Blackboard by Tuesday, May 5,midnight.The rubric follows.Formatting/Style2PointsThe essay fails to demonstrate an understanding of MLA format. You have not used third-person point of view.6PointsThe essay, mostly, follows MLA format. You have attempted to use third-person point of view.10PointsThe essay follows MLA format,including heading, page numbers, and Works Cited page, among other style points. You have used third-person point of view throughout the essay.Thesis2PointsThe thesis and author’s claims are missing, not debatable, or unclear.6PointsThe thesis may not reflect a debatable topic about food or it may not include the author’s claims about the topic.10PointsThe thesis reflects a debatable topic about food and includes the author’s claims about the topic.Grammar2PointsThe errors in grammar and/or sentence structure prevent the writing from communicating effectively.7PointsThe essay has more than three errors in grammar and/or sentence structure. It somewhat demonstrates college-level writing.10PointsThe essay has three or less grammar/mechanical errors. It demonstrates college-level writing.Content
25PointsThe essay fails to fulfill the purpose of the assignment.35PointsThe essay mostly fulfills the purpose of the assignment. You have somewhat convinced your audience of your point of view on the topic of food. You have attempted to use a classical argument.45PointsThe essay fulfills the purpose of the assignment. You have effectively convinced your audience of your point of view on the topic of food. You have effectively used a classical argument.

Developing an Inquiry QuestionAn inquiry question should be…oArguable-resists simplistic answers.oComplex-resists yes/no answers and elicits complex responses.oSpecific in language-resists vague or undefined words.oClear and concise-resists broad topics that are too big to address within a quarterStep 1: Identify what interests you about your topic, then attempt to state your topic as a question.For example, if your topic issustainable agriculture,you may be specifically interested in how sustainable agriculture might benefit the environment. So your first attempt at an inquiry question might be:oIs sustainable agriculture good for the environment?Step 2: Conduct preliminary research to find out more about the topic.In order to develop a really good inquiry question, you should consider doing some background research to explore the topic, then use what you have learned to help you refine your inquiry question.Step 3: Avoid questionswith asimplistic, binary responses.Which of theinquiry questions below do you think will elicit the most complex responses?To what extent is sustainable agriculture good for the environment?Is sustainable agriculture good for the environment?What kind of sustainable agriculture is the best for the environment?Why is sustainable agriculture good for the environment?CheckStep 4: Avoid vague or undefined words and be specific in language.For example, the terms “good” and “environment” in our original inquiry question are probably too vague.What would be a stronger inquiry question that is specific in language?To whatextent is sustainable agriculture good for pollution?To what extent does sustainable agriculture reduce pollution?To what extent is sustainable agriculture thebest choice for the environment?Step 5: Avoid broad topics that are beyond the scope of what you can cover in your assignment.This means having a clear and concise Inquiry question with a fairly narrow focus. In our example,sustainable agricultureandpollutionare still pretty broad concepts.It would be better to narrowin on one aspectof sustainableagriculture and one form of pollution.What would be the most clear and concise inquiry question?To what extent does compost use on farmsreduce water pollution.To what extent does sustainable agriculture reduce water pollution?To what extent does compost use on farms reduce pollution in storm water runoff?
Whatis a “Good” Inquiry Question?An inquiry is any process that has the aim of augmenting knowledge, resolving doubt, or solving a problem. A theory of inquiry is an account of the various types of inquiry and a treatment of the ways that each type of inquiry achieves its aim. Most importantly…something you are interested in. 1.The question is open to research. This means you should be able to find some answers to the question by doing research.An understanding of the question can be obtained within thescope of the course. “Who am I?” may be difficult to find an answer to through research, although you could adapt this question to make it open to research.2.You don’t already know the answer or have not already decided on the answer before doing the research. Too often we go after questions for which we already have some kind of answer.This might make it easier to write a quick paper but really violates the spirit of genuine inquiry. 3.The question may have multiple possible answers when initially asked.The question should not be answered by a simple yes/no. Questions that examine “why” rather than “what” can help. “What” tends to lead to descriptions or single right answers? “Why” tends to lead to explanations.For example: Do we use all of our brain?This is too restricted. The answer is either yes or no. 4.It has a clear focus. Some focus is required to allow productive research. An initial general question can get things started, but it will also likely need to be revised and focused as the research continues. Your final question should be as direct and specific as possible, or have clear sub-questions. This will give you a good starting point as well as some direction in terms of how to proceed with your research. For example: What is the mind? This is much too broad. Where would you start? How could you find an answer to this question? This question could be refined to “How does the mind form short-term versus long-term memories?” or “Why does memory differ in a six-year-old vs.an adult?” o How you decide to refine your question will depend on your own interests. 5.The question should be reasonable. This means that there should be credible information which you can use to research your question. 6.Try to avoid or rephrase questions which have a premise. For example: Why do we only use 3% of our brain? With this question comes the assumption that we do, in fact, only use 3% of our brain. What if you use this question as the basis for your research, only to discover that is isn’t true? A better alternative might be: What influences the percentage of our brain that we use? This questions doesn’t make any initial assumptions and leaves room for many possible alternatives. 7.Make sure you have defined all the terms in your question so you know exactly what you are asking. If you are using subjective terms such as “latest” or “most recent”, be sure to define exactly what you mean by this. For example, “most recent” as in the last century? the last decade? the last two years? 8.A new question can be asked once all your information is gathered. A good inquiry never really completely ends. It should trigger new questions and things you are curious about. 9.Having the right answer matters to you. This may seem an odd thing to include but it is at the foundation to inquiry. Inquiry is about needing to know the answer to a question, or researching a question where the answer has consequences, so there is some pressure to get it right. Anything short of this can be a game, fun, mentally stimulating, but isn’t genuine inquiry.

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