currently dominate american government W r i t i n g

currently dominate american government W r i t i n g

Task 1. Problem statement 

Paint a vivid picture of the need or problem. (Ch 12 p. 382 in EA)

Show how the need or problem affects people, both those in the immediate audience and the general public as well.

Underscore why the need or problem is significant and pressing.

Explain why previous attempts to address the issue may have failed. 

Sources as evidence: (specify if it is primary or secondary research)

Task 2. Creative Solution

Showing That the Proposal Is Feasible (Ch 12 p. 388 in EA) 

To be effective, proposals must be feasible—that is, the action proposed can be carried out in a reasonable way. Demonstrating feasibility calls on you to present evidence—from similar cases, from personal experience, from observational data, from interview or survey data, from Internet research, or from any other sources—showing that what you propose can indeed be done with the resources available. “Resources available” is key: if the proposal calls for funds, personnel, or skills beyond reach or reason, your audience is unlikely to accept it. When that’s the case, it’s time to reassess your proposal, modify it, and test any new ideas against these revised criteria. This is also when you can reconsider proposals that others might suggest are better, more effective, or more workable than yours. There’s no shame in admitting that you may have been wrong. When drafting a proposal, ask friends to think of counterproposals. If your own proposal can stand up to such challenges, it’s likely a strong one. 

  • Making a Strong and Clear Claim (Ch 12, pp. 383-385) 
  • After you’ve described and analyzed a problem, you’re prepared to offer a fix. Begin with 
  • your claim (a proposal of what X or Y should do), followed by the reason(s) that X or Y should act and the effects of adopting the proposal: 

ClaimAmericans should encourage and support more scientists running for political office. ReasonScientists are trained to think more systematically and globally and may have greater respect for facts than the lifelong politicians who currently dominate American government.EffectsScientists will move our governments at all levels (local, state, federal) to make decisions based on facts and evidence rather than on emotions or the politics of the moment.

Having established a claim, you can explore its implications by drawing out the reasons, warrants, and evidence that can support it most effectively: 


In light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled that federal drug laws cannot be used to prosecute doctors who prescribe drugs for use in suicide, our state should immediately pass a bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide for patients who are terminally ill.


Physician-assisted suicide can relieve the suffering of those who are terminally ill and will die soon.


The relief of suffering is desirable.

EvidenceOregon voters have twice approved the state’s Death with Dignity Act, which has been in effect since 1997, and to date the suicide rate has not risen sharply, nor have doctors given out a large number of prescriptions for death-inducing drugs. At least four other states, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized physician-assisted suicide

Why?  What advantages does this solution have?




Sources as evidence: (specify if it is primary or secondary research)

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