- Respond Question Series
- Social Causes of Teen Violence
- Complete the following questions for our selected reading,
offering full responses to these questions. (You can copy and
paste these questions into your word processor and type your
responses and print them out, or you can hand-write your responses
on separate paper.)
- 1. What does the author identify as the social cause
of teen violence?
- (Further explanation: The author might offer one, two, or
more social causes for teen violence: poor parenting, or poor
parenting and social class, for instance.)
- 2. What sub-claims (reasons) does the author offer
in support of his or her main claim (your response to #1)? Create
a working thesis statement for the author's argument.
- (Further explanation: A working thesis statement lists the
author's main claim and sub-claims (reasons) as a "because
statement." For instance, after reading the essay, you
might discover that the author's working thesis claim might read:
"Poor parenting causes teen violence because studies show
parents are the main influence over their children's behavior,
parents often keep guns unlocked in the home, and those kids
who have killed classmates had parents who weren't involved in
their lives." You may locate a "because statement"
in the essays you're reading, but it's more likely that you'll
have to assemble it yourself after reading the author's argument.)
- 3. Identify one piece of evidence that you found
persuasive and one piece that didn't persuade you and explain
- 4. Look under the essay title and note the original
audience for the essay. How effective is the author in using
audience-based reasoning, of tailoring the argument to his or
her readers? Offer one example to support your response.
- 5. How might you refute the author's argument?
- (Further explanation: Consider the main claim, the sub-claims
(reasons), the warrant (underlying assumptions, beliefs and values
of the main claim), and the evidence presented: How could you
play "devil's advocate" and refute one or more of these
areas of the argument?)
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