From Issue to Persuasion

This week, you spent some time reflecting on persuasion in your everyday life, and you shared some potential topic ideas with your peers and instructor. But why is persuasion so important? Let's think about that a little bit in this journal assignment. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed: After exploring the Opposing Viewpoints Database and reviewing your brainstorming activity, identify two issues that are related to your career or degree: Write a fully developed paragraph for issue one (5–8 sentences each). Explain at least two clear arguable sides to the issue. Explain how the issue relates to your field or degree or potential field or degree. Write a fully developed paragraph for issue two (5–8 sentences each). Explain at least two clear arguable sides to the issue. Explain how the issue relates to your field or degree or potential field or degree. After exploring the arguments related to your issues, take a moment to consider the bigger picture. Then, briefly reflect (in 1 to 2 paragraphs) on...
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The paper will be a minimum of seven (7) pages in length and include a title page and a reference page, using a standard 12-point font. You may use additional resources, provided they are appropriately cited. You are required to use the American Sociological Association (ASA) formatting style to format your paper and sources. Information on ASA is available in the course under Resources.

The paper will be a minimum of seven (7) pages in length and include a title page and a reference page, using a standard 12-point font. You may use additional resources, provided they are appropriately cited. You are required to use the American Sociological Association (ASA) formatting style to format your paper and sources. Information on ASA is available in the course under Resources. ...
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Sociology Writing Assignment 1

The paper will be a minimum of seven (7) pages in length and include a title page and a reference page, using a standard 12-point font. You may use additional resources, provided they are appropriately cited. You are required to use the American Sociological Association (ASA) formatting style to format your paper and sources. Information on ASA is available in the course under Resources. ...
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Answer all of the following questions in your own words. You are welcome to quote the McPhee text (with proper page-number citation), but I am most interested in your own summaries and opinions. I expect your answers to be thorough and thoughtful, but not necessarily long. This is not a research assignment. There is no set word or page target, and the questions vary in terms of their ideal response, but to give you a bit of an idea of the amount of writing I expect, each question is labeled as “longer” or “shorter”. The shorter questions should be answerable in a single paragraph; the longer questions will take several paragraphs but not more than a page or two. Your answers should be submitted via a file upload below; acceptable file formats include Text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx), and Portable Document Format (.pdf). While all that you need to answer these questions is provided in McPhee’s chapter (and your own critically-thinking mind), those interested in further reading on the subject (with illustrations) can consult the following websites: McPhee’s chapter as it first appeared in essay form in 1988 in the New Yorker, on February 22 and February 29 http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/heimaey http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/vwdocs/volc_images/europe_west_asia/heimaey/heimaey.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heimaey Shorter questions 1. Why is Heimaey’s harbor so valuable that people are willing to place themselves and their property in harm’s way to live there? 2. McPhee writes, “Iceland and Hawaii in a sense are twins.” What does he mean by this? 3. Who/What was “Flakkarinn the Wanderer,” and why did he pose such a threat to the town and harbor of Heimaey? Longer questions 4. The humankind-vs.-volcano confrontation in the winter-spring of 1973 are described at the beginning of the chapter as both “pissing on the lava” and a “war against nature”. How do these two metaphors differently portray human-environmental interactions? Which of these two metaphors better reflects the realities of 1973, in your opinion, and why? And which of these two metaphors—or perhaps some other metaphor you have in mind—provides the better guide for human beings making their homes in a geologically hazardous region? 5. Vulcanologists distinguish between “effusive” and “explosive” volcanic eruptions. Briefly explain the difference, and then answer the following: Which of these labels best fits the 1973 Heimaey eruption? What evidence does McPhee’s chapter present in support of your answer? Is there also evidence that supports classification as the other eruption type instead? (Note: We will discuss the two types of a volcanic eruption in week two of the course.

Answer all of the following questions in your own words. You are welcome to quote the McPhee text (with proper page-number citation), but I am most interested in your own summaries and opinions. I expect your answers to be thorough and thoughtful, but not necessarily long. This is not a research assignment. There is no set word or page target, and the questions vary in terms of their ideal response, but to give you a bit of an idea of the amount of writing I expect, each question is labeled as “longer” or “shorter”. The shorter questions should be answerable in a single paragraph; the longer questions will take several paragraphs but not more than a page or two. Your answers should be submitted via a file upload below; acceptable file formats include Text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx), and Portable Document Format (.pdf). While all that you need to answer these questions is provided in McPhee’s chapter (and your own critically-thinking mind),...
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This assignment asks you to write a short comparison essay, where you compare and contrast two art objects. To see the pair side by side click here Preview the document To read about the pair click on the following links: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/313138 https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/749344 The comparison essay should answer the question, ″How are objects similar?″ and ″How are objects different?″ The key to a good compare and contrast essay is to organize the sentences by theme where both works of art are discussed all the way through. What are the themes? You can choose any of the formal qualities – such as style, material, size, use of line, etc. that you already read about in Assignment #4 (Week 1 Module). You also should include a discussion of the objects′ functions and meanings. So what was the object used for? who used it? where was it originally located? who was supposed to see or not see the works? The essay should be at least two pages in length, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. **Remember, the most important thing is to discuss the works together. So for example, if you make a point that the materials are the same – both are made out of stone – you need to explain why that is important and talk about both works together. Or if the subject matter is different – why is it different? what is being portrayed in each work?

This assignment asks you to write a short comparison essay, where you compare and contrast two art objects. To see the pair side by side click here Preview the document To read about the pair click on the following links: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/313138 https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/749344 The comparison essay should answer the question, ″How are objects similar?″ and ″How are objects different?″ The key to a good compare and contrast essay is to organize the sentences by theme where both works of art are discussed all the way through. What are the themes? You can choose any of the formal qualities - such as style, material, size, use of line, etc. that you already read about in Assignment #4 (Week 1 Module). You also should include a discussion of the objects′ functions and meanings. So what was the object used for? who used it? where was it originally located? who was supposed to see or not see the works? The essay should be at...
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