Monday, January 7, 2013

To be or not to be?

Should the state make that decision?

You have now read two articles on the death penalty. The first was by H.L. Mencken who thought it a good idea, but that it was cruel to make people wait months (I wonder what he would think of us now that we make death row inmates wait years?). The second was by Coretta Scott King, who thought the use of the death penalty degraded our society. Using these two perspectives and your own background knowledge, write your own argument for or against the death penalty either in America or in general. Make sure that you make a nuanced claim that recognizes the complexity of the issue and that you support that claim (or those claims).
Some of you may feel passionately about this. This is not meant to be a full blown essay, so cap this off at about 300-400 words (about the size of the assertion journals -- you could even use that as a model for doing this if you want to).

PS See a couple of posts down for a link to the Toulmin model. Also, see this model. We'll talk about that soon.

See if downloading this works. It will likely be seen better on a computer than a phone. You need to be logged into your Fifeschools account to download this one.

1 comment:

  1. It does work, but if you try to download it, it says it'll harm your computer, because the file is way too large. So it makes it at your own risk.