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Schrobsdorff: https://time.com/4547322/american-teens-anxious-depressed-overwhelmed/ (Links to an external site.)
Paper two is about evaluating different sources and how they interact. Specifically, you guys need to be able to prove to me that you know how to use the connections: Extend (To agree and take the point farther), Illustrate (To agree and add new evidence), Complicate (To partially disagree by reframing the issue or adding new evidence), Challenge (To completely disagree), and Qualify (To agree, but only under specific circumstances or to a point). My own special addition to this paper is the understanding of rhetorical effectiveness and how it works to make an argument more persuasive. I want you guys to look at the four different articles we have read in class: Jean M. Twenge’s “Why So Many Teens Today Have Become Depressed,” Susanna Schrobsdorff’s “What’s Causing Depression and Anxiety?: Why the Kids Are not Alright,” and Johann Hari’s “Is Everything you Think you Know about Depression Wrong?”. First, you will give me the PACES of each of them, remembering to explain why they are what you argue they are. Remember to add rhetorical effectiveness throughout the PACES, as that will the easiest way to finish the argument later.
Then, tell me the ways that the articles interact with one another. Specifically, how Schrobsdorff’s article interacts with Twenge’s and how Hari’s response interacts with both Schrobsdorff’s and Twenge’s articles. Once again, tell me why they interact the way you argue. In this situation, looking at their claims and evidence—and seeing what conclusions they point to—can help to articulate your opinion.
Finally, tell me which of the arguments is the most effective and why it is the most effective. Please stick to the texts when evaluating which you find to be the most rhetorically effective. That is, tell me what the authors did correctly, or what the authors did incorrectly, in order to make each of them more or less effective. As with the other parts of this essay, an explanation for your decision will be required. This paper will be graded on: Clarity of diction, Explanation of decision, Analysis of argumentation, and Final argumentative quality.
This paper requires:
Standard MLA format, with in-text citations
6-8 pages (Not including Bibliography, though a Bibliography must be included)
Clean, well-edited prose and engaging ideas.