The Giver Persuasive Essay Dystopia

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Assignment Sheet: The Giver Persuasive Essay
Utopia or Dystopia?

The Giver describes a society in search of perfection, which is a recurring theme in literature. Somebody in Jonas’s society decided that eliminating or limiting choices and feeling, among other things, would ultimately create a perfect place in which to live. By eliminating and/or limiting choices and feelings, the creators were able to implement Sameness, which would then provide a conflict-less environment in which to exist.

To most kids in our society, the changes in Jonas’s world would be difficult to accept because we in America value our freedom to choose and to voice our desires. Did the creator’s of Jonas’s community truly improve society as we know it today?

Your assignment is to write a persuasive essay in which you decide whether the society in The Giver (which has eliminated and/or limited choices and desires) is an improvement from ours in 2009 or a deterioration.

Persuasive Essays can be done in different ways, but you are asked to follow the outline that I have provided. Study the format. Notice the obvious differences between a Persuasive structure versus a Literary Analysis structure.

Assignment Requirement:
1) Rough drafts must be revised and edited when turned in with the Final Draft. 2) ALL (rough and final) Drafts will be color coded, typed with 10 or 12-point font, and follow all other Writing Guidelines. 3) The Final Draft must not exceed two pages and must not be shorter than 1 ½ pages. One-inch margins are to be used. THE OUTLINE

Introduction Paragraph:
1) Start with an attention-grabbing sentence to introduce the issue of creating a perfect society. 2) Briefly describe society in The Giver.
3) Thesis Statement: In one or two sentences, state your opinion by taking ONE side of the issue. Be clear and concise.

Body #1: Choices

1.Supporting Evidence comes from paraphrasing information from the book about the role and effect that eliminating and/or limiting choices has on the community.

A) TOPIC SENTENCE: By depriving/protecting the citizens of/from choices, the creators of Jonas’s society made their community an improvement / a deterioration from our world.

B) ONE DIRECT QUOTE: Use one direct quote to illustrate your points from the Supporting Evidence. A QUOTE CANNOT POSSIBLY BE YOUR ONLY EVIDENCE.

2.Commentary: Provide clear analysis as to why eliminating and/or limiting choices either improves or deteriorates the citizen’s life experience. Explain thoroughly and specifically how eliminating and/or limiting choices will cause the citizens to have a better or worse life experience. Be sure to explain how their lives are improved or deteriorated because of the lack of choices.

Body #2: Feelings

1.Supporting Evidence comes from paraphrasing information from the book about the role and effect that eliminating and/or limiting deep feelings has on the community.

A) TOPIC SENTENCE: By depriving/protecting the citizens of/from their feelings, the creators of Jonas’s society made their community an improvement / a deterioration from our world.

B) ONE DIRECT QUOTE: Use one direct quote to illustrate your points from the Supporting Evidence. A QUOTE CANNOT POSSIBLY BE YOUR ONLY EVIDENCE.

2.Commentary: Provide clear analysis as to why minimizing citizens’ feelings either improves or deteriorates each citizen’s life experience. Explain thoroughly and specifically how eliminating and/or limiting deep feelings will cause the citizens to have a better or worse life experience. Be sure to explain how their lives are improved or deteriorated because of the lack of deep, meaningful feelings.

Body #3: REBUTTAL

1.Start with a TOPIC SENTENCE that introduces the OPPOSITE opinion of your Thesis Statement. 2.Give the strongest two arguments that the opposing side would use to support the opposite opinion of your thesis. (No Quotes...
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