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Prepare for The American Dream Debate

We will be having a bit of roundtable about the availability on the American Dream, formatted like a debate. For this assignment, you must review the reading and thinking that you have done so far in this unit using the lens of your assigned position (below) and conduct research that will support your position. You must turn in:

  1. Research at least two pieces of evidence that support your argument, using two different types of evidence from the following list:

    1. Facts and Statistics - Data from surveys, studies, observations, research, etc.

    2. Analogy (figurative or literal) - comparisons between two things to reach conclusions based on similarities.

    3. Personal Experience of Anecdote - a true story about a person’s experience related to the topic

    4. Illustrative Example - Description of specific experience or example that could apply to the experience of your audience (similar to anecdote, but more easily relatable to audience)

    5. Expert/Personal Testimony - The use of a person’s words who has a great deal of expertise or experience with the topic, making them more credible.

    6. Hypothetical Case - a “what if” scenario that is fictional but plausible, similar to an illustrative example that you create yourself.

  2. Research at least one counterclaim that uses any of the types of evidence included above.

  3. Each piece of evidence should include the following information from the source:

    1. a brief (1-3 sentence) summary of the source;

    2. at least one direct quote

    3. a brief (1-3 sentence) response from you about how it relates to your argument.

    4. Name of source, name of title, name of author, and date of publication.

The question: Does the United States still provide access to the American Dream?

Yes, the American Dream is still a reality. No, the American Dream no longer exists.

Goal is to conduct research that will support understanding of the argument’s multiple sides, demonstrating ability to find sources, summarize key ideas, identify relevant quotations, and make connections to the argument.

Exemplary Work will provide robust summaries and clear connections to the argument for each source.

Earlier Event: October 22
Synthesis of "Coming to America" Poems
Later Event: October 29
Reading Log