Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Another Sample Argument Essay -- In Progress

Essay Subject:  The Outsiders and Empathy

     The Outsiders, a novel by S.E. Hinton, has been read and loved by teenagers for over fifty years.  It has been taught in some schools and banned in others. 

Background Information 
The novel takes place in a city in Oklahoma where the teenagers are divided by social class.  The narrator, Ponyboy Curtis, and his family and friends are called Greasers, and are from the poorer class.  Greaser boys  have a reputation for “stealing things, driving souped up cars,” and wearing their hair greased back ( ) .  There is a also a middle class that is not mentioned very much, then the Socs (short for Socials), the rich teens who Ponyboy describes as “a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next” ( ).  There is class warfare between the poorer and richer groups. 

Thesis:   The Outsiders is a book that should be read in schools because it helps teenagers develop empathy for their own family members, for people from different social classes, and for teens who get into trouble. 

First Body Paragraph
Reading this book can help teenagers better understand their own family members.     (Provide evidence and explanation.)

Second Body Paragraph
Also, the novel  could open students’ eyes to the fact that people from all classes have feelings and problems.   (Provide evidence and explanation.)

Third Body Paragraph
Third, teenagers can come to better understand troubled teens by reading the book.  (Provide evidence and explanation.)

 Some people may say that students should not read The Outsiders because the characters smoke cigarettes.  (Provide evidence and explanation that this is not a good reason to not read the book.)

Restate your claim and reasons.  Perhaps call for action. 

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