Group A

"Progressive Wal-mart. Really."
Sebastian Mallaby
Washington Post on November 28, 2005

Sebastian Mallaby's goal is to respond to the anti-Walmart campaigns and by displaying the economic benefits to Wal-mart. We will analyze Mallaby's techniques to prove that Wal-mart is beneficial to the economy and to its workers. We will show this with examples from the text establishing ethos, pathos, logos, statistics, comparisons, descriptive examples, and an acknowledgement of the opposing side. We will utilize the handout in order to show the class how his techniques make his argument persuasive.
Lauren Tutnauer: Lauren will be researching the author's background and examine ethos to show how effective the author's argument was.
Michelle Jeon: Michelle will be exploring the author's use of the acknowledgement of the opposing side and other disputants.
Michele Logan: Michele will be examining the statistics used and how the author uses them to compare different department stores and how that makes his argument stronger.
Nina Li: Nina will look at how pathos is used in the article.
Seong: Seong will discuss and explore what other techniques the author could have used to make the argument more persuasive.

Michele Logan:
People say that science and religion contradict one another, but I believe that they are related and very similar.
Tags: Role of science in public life, role of religion in public life, religion, church vs. state, science vs. religion, spirituality, philosophy
Question Framed specifically: Should Holy Trinity High School teach evolution along with the Catholic religion?
Specific question framed more generally: Should science and religion be taught simultaneously in schools?
Specific question framed as a theory: Does evolution contradict the teachings of church at Holy Trinity High School?
Specific question framed in practical terms: Should science and religion be taught as separate entities in schools?
Very specific, very practical question: Will students at Holy Trinity High School benefit from learning the theory of evolution with Catholic church beliefs simultaneously?

Lauren Tutnauer:
People have become overcome with fear of a swine flu pandemic, but from my experience swine flu is an overhyped media scare.
Tags: Swine flu epidemic, H1N1 scare, pandemic, flu shots, media, fear, germs, overhyped
Question framed specifically: Is swine flu an illness that people should be over concerned about or is it just a media scare?
Specific question framed more generally: Should the media influence how we view sicknesses and diseases?
Specific question framed as a theory: How much of the role should media play in our views of illnesses?
Specific question framed in practical terms: To what degree should we be influenced by the media in terms of a certain illness?
Very specific, very practical question: Should people fear that the swine flu will become a pandemic or is it just a media scare?

Nina Li:
Many people believe that technology is taking over our social lives, but I believe that it enhances our lives.
Tags: Technology, Socializing, Social lives, Benefits to Technology, Downfalls to technology
Question framed specifically: Is technology in teenagers' lives taking away their social skills?
Specific question framed more generally: Is technology harming society?
Specific question framed as a theory: What role should technology play in our daily lives?
Specific question framed in practical terms: How much should technology play a role in teenagers' social lives?

Michelle Jeon:
People say a high GPA is the prime factor in getting a job in the business world but experience tells me that networking is the prime factor in getting a job.
Tags: Business world, GPA, networking, getting a job, grades vs. networking
Question framed specifically: Is having a high GPA in college the main concern in getting a job in the business world?
Specific question framed more generally: Is a high GPA the prime factor on a resume in getting a substantial job in the business world?
Specific question framed as a theory: What should be the prime factor in getting a professional job?
Specific question framed in practical terms: Is it more advantageous to focus on academics than networking and socializing to obtain a job in the business world?
Very specific, very practical question: Is networking the sole factor in getting a job in the business world?

Seong:
People believe that diligence is the only way to success but experience tells me that luck plays an important part in success.
Tags: Luck, Diligence vs. Luck, Success, Diligence, Work Ethics
Question framed specifically: Is success dictated by luck regarding work ethics?
Specific question framed more generally: Is success dictated by luck or diligence?
Specific question framed as a theory: What determines who succeeds?
Specific question framed in practical terms: Is success a result of luck or of hard work?
Very specific, very practical question: Should work ethics dictate success through diligence or luck?

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