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A Rhetoric with Readings .) Directions Follow these steps when composing your essay:

(This assignment is adapted from Chapter 11 of Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings.)

Directions


Follow these steps when composing your essay:

  • Start by selecting a controversial case found in the media involving the sale, trade, or donation of human organs. For example, an appropriate case might include a story in the news about an organ broker, and the term to define might be “criminal.”
  • Decide what category you think your case belongs in, with the understanding that others may disagree with you about the definition of your category, and/or whether your chosen case matches your category.
  • In the opening of your essay, introduce the case you will examine and pose your definition question. Do not simply summarize here. Instead, introduce the issue and offer context.
  • To support your argument, define the boundaries of your category (criteria) by using a commonly used definition or by developing your own extended definition. Defining your boundaries simply means naming the criteria by which you will discuss your chosen case involving the sale, trade, or donation of human organs. If you determine, for example, that an organ broker is a criminal, what criteria constitute this? A criminal may intentionally harm others, which could be one of your criteria.
  • In the second part of your argument (the match), show how your case meets (or does not meet) your definition criteria. Use resemblance arguments, perhaps by comparing or sizing up your controversial case to other cases, to develop your argument.

Follow one of the organization plans for definition arguments found in Chapter 11 of the textbook.

This essay is NOT simply a persuasive essay on the sale, trade, or donation of human organs. It is an argumentative essay where the writer explains what a term means and uses a specific case to explore the meaning of that term in depth.

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