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Deconstructing Arguments #1 – ENGLISH 10

Deconstructing Arguments:

1) What’s the author’s claim?

The author’s claim is that teaching is a great job and it doesn’t matter about the paycheck, it matters about the quality of life.

2) List the reason and evidence the author uses to support the claim.
– The reason and evidence the author uses to support the claim is, “ If you are looking for more than just a job, if you want to make a real and lasting difference in the world, have a high level of autonomy, and enjoy lots of free time on top of it, then consider becoming
a teacher. You may protest that teachers are notoriously underpaid, but when considering a career path it’s important to look at your overall quality of life, and not just at your paycheck.” This proves the author’s claim.

3) Is the argument convincing? Why or why not?
– Yes, the argument is convincing because after I read the text, it made me actually want to become a teacher. I think the text was convincing because of the examples the author gives us of teachers explaining why they love their job.

To Buy or to Lease?:
1. How many reasons does the author provide for not leasing a car?
Seven reasons.

2. The author states that mileage limits on leased cars vary from twelve to fifteen thousand
miles a year. Which reason for not leasing a car does this evidence support?
A. When you lease a car, you are limited in how many miles you can drive each year.

3. Why does the author suggest that you should know where your paycheck will be coming from
several years down the road?

Because if you choose to lease your car, then there are many funds you’re gonna have to pay.
So the author is telling us that you should be ready to pay because if you aren’t, you’re in
trouble.

Why I Hate Facebook

The use of social networking sites, in particular Facebook, can not only skew your understanding of reality, it can cause you actual, physical harm. According to Jean Conklin, a clinical psychiatrist at University of Maryland Hospital, in Baltimore, “Facebook is to your mind what sugar is to your body bad all around.”

The main reason we all ought to stop looking at Facebook is because it makes us think that the people in our lives (or virtually in our lives, anyway) are happier, more fulfilled and more successful than they probably are; which makes us feel more depressed, frustrated and unfulfilled than we probably are. Why? Think about it. How quickly do people post good news to Facebook? Exotic vacations; engagements, anniversary parties, raises, promotions… when was the last time you read that the devastatingly handsome new boyfriend of your college roommate is actually a recovering alcoholic, or that the new six-figure job that your old friend got two months ago didn’t last two weeks because it turns out she didn’t have the people skills required to make it work? “Thinking that everyone else is doing better in life than you are isn’t motivating.” says Clint White, career counselor with My New Job, Inc. “It’s depressing, and can be debilitating for some people, who think there’s something wrong with them because they have problems in their life that no one else seems to have.” Mr. White cited fifty four clients in the past year alone whom he has seen who were seeking a career change for no reason other than that they didn’t believe that they measuring up to their Facebook peers.

As if the psychological problems weren’t enough, Facebook triggers a stress response in the body, even if you don’t think or realized that you are stressed out. Studies have shown that reading new information on Facebook triggers the release of glucocorticoid (cortisol), your body’s stress hormone. This messes with your immune system, and prevents the release of growth hormones, and all these things keep your body in a state of chronic stress. If you have digestive problems; if your hair or nails grow very slowly and it takes forever for cuts and scrapes to heal; if you feel irritable and nervous, or are susceptible to every virus and bacteria that cruises through town, you may not need a trip to the doctor-you many just need to delete your Facebook page.

People survived for hundreds of years in an industrial society without the necessity of blasting out every intimate detail of their lives to everyone with whom they’ve ever crossed paths, or with whom that person has ever crossed paths… a real relationship encompasses the good and the bad, and includes genuine human to human interaction. So shut down the computer. Go out to lunch with a friend. Call your mother. Take your kid to the zoo. And for goodness sake, don’t post anything on Facebook about it when you get back!

1. What is the author’s claim?
– The author’s trying to claim that Facebook is bad all around and that everyone should
delete/get rid of the app.

2. List the reasons and evidence the author offers to support her claim.
– Reason #1: One detail from the text that supports the author’s claim is, “ The main
reason we all ought to stop looking at Facebook is because it makes us think that the
people in our lives (or virtually in our lives, anyway) are happier, more fulfilled and more
successful than they probably are; which makes us feel more depressed, frustrated and
unfulfilled than we probably are.” This detail from the text proves that Facebook causes
psychological problems to some people.

– Reason #2: Another detail from the text that supports the author’s claim is, “ Studies
have shown that reading new information on Facebook triggers the release of
glucocorticoid (cortisol), your body’s stress hormone. This messes with your immune
system and prevents the release of growth hormones, and all these things keep your
body in a state of chronic stress.” This detail from the text shows that Facebook can
affect people’s health, and get them stressed out.

3. Which of the following does the author use to support her claim?
– The author used credible data.

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