Learning the fundamental principles of essay writing is becoming an ever more important skill for students. The 2005 SAT gave its stamp to this initiative by adding an essay requirement to the popular college entrance exam. Each book in Greenhaven Press's Writing the Critical Essay: An Opposing Viewpoints Guide includes everything necessary to help students research, outline, draft, edit, and ultimately write successful essays across the curriculum.

Using the patented Opposing Viewpoints format, this book focuses on writing the narrative essay. Narrative can be included in many different ways to enhance persuasive, expository, and personal essays. Mastering the narrative essay allows students to develop basic skills across the curriculum. As with other books in the series, this volume contains tools for compiling a source citations using MLA style; a list of subject-specific organizations to contact; and a bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737738131
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 09/11/2009
Series: Issues That Concern You Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction The New Face of Civil Rights and Discrimination 7

Section 1 Opposing Viewpoints on Discrimination

Viewpoint 1 Discrimination Is a Serious Problem for the Black Community Earl Ofari Hutchinson 13

Viewpoint 2 Discrimination Is Not the Black Community's Primary Problem Walter E. Williams 19

Viewpoint 3 Racially Profiling Arabs and Muslims is Discriminatory Hussein Ibish 25

Viewpoint 4 Racially Profiling Arabs and Muslims Is Not Discriminatory Michael Smerconish 32

Viewpoint 5 Affirmative Action Helps Correct Discrimination Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary (BAMN) 40

Viewpoint 6 Affirmative Action Hurts Those It Is Intended to Help Richard H. Sander 48

Section 2 Model Essays and Writing Exercises

Preface A The Five-Paragraph Essay 56

Preface B The Narrative Essay 58

Essay 1 America's Wage Gap: Paying Women Less than Men 61

Exercise 1A Create an Outline from an Existing Essay 65

Exercise 1B Create an Outline for Your Own Essay 66

Essay 2 Why Racial Profiling Does Not Work 69

Exercise 2A Identifying and Organizing Components of the Narrative Essay 72

Exercise 2B Examining Introductions and Conclusions 75

Essay 3 Hatred at the Grocery Store 77

Exercise 3A Practice Writing a Scene with Dialogue 82

Final Writing Challenge: Write Your Own Narrative Five-Paragraph Essay 84

Section 3 Supporting Research Material

Appendix A Facts About Discrimination 88

Appendix B Finding and Using Sources of Information 92

Appendix C Using MLA Style to Create a Works Cited List 96

Appendix D Sample Essay Topics 99

Organizations to Contact101

Bibliography 107

Index 111

Picture Credits 115

About the Editor 116

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