The BP Oil Spill

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Learning the fundamental principles of essay writing is becoming an ever more important skill for students. In 2005 the SAT gave its stamp to this initiative by adding an essay requirement to the popular college entrance exam. Each book in Greenhaven Press's Writing the Critical Essay: An Opposing Viewpoints Guide includes everything necessary to help students research, outline, draft, edit, and ultimately write successful essays across the curriculum.

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Overview

Learning the fundamental principles of essay writing is becoming an ever more important skill for students. In 2005 the SAT gave its stamp to this initiative by adding an essay requirement to the popular college entrance exam. Each book in Greenhaven Press's Writing the Critical Essay: An Opposing Viewpoints Guide includes everything necessary to help students research, outline, draft, edit, and ultimately write successful essays across the curriculum.

Using the patented Opposing Viewpoints formal, this book focuses on writing the cause and effect essay. Cause and effect is a frequently used essay model for both persuasive and expository essays. Readers will find useful information to write a successful cause and effect essay, including thesis statements, introductions, and conclusions. In addition, readers will find information to compile a source cited list using MLA style.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction: Spilicam: A Window into Disaster 7

Section 1 Opposing Viewpoints on the BP Oil Spill

Viewpoint 1 The BP Oil Spill Was the Worst Environmental Disaster in US History Barack Obama 12

Viewpoint 2 The BP Oil Spill Was Not the Worst Environmental Disaster in US History Robert H. Nelson 20

Viewpoint 3 Marine Life Was Seriously Threatened by the 2010 Oil Spill Thomas Shirley, as told to Yale Environment 360 28

Viewpoint 4 Marine Life Was Not Significantly Affected by the 2010 Oil Spill Lou Dolinar 36

Viewpoint 5 The 2010 Oil Spill Should Inspire the United States to Abandon Oil Benjamin L. Cardln 43

Viewpoint 6 The 2010 Oil Spill Should Not Inspire the United States to Abandon Oil Frank Stewart Carolyn Green 49

Viewpoint 7 The 2010 Oil Spill Should Result in a Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling Bernie Sanders 56

Viewpoint 8 The 2010 Oil Spill Should Not Result in a Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Offshore Drilling 62

Section 2 Model Essays and Writing Exercises

Preface A The Five-Paragraph Essay 71

Preface B The Causeand-Effect Essay 73

Essay 1 Three Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion 76

Exercise 1A Create an Outline from an Existing Essay 80

Essay 2 The Human Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion 82

Exercise 2A Create an Outline from an Existing Essay 85

Exercise 2B Create an Outline for Your Own Essay 85

Essay 3 Gulf Seafood: Is It Safe Yet? 87

Exercise 3A Examining Introductions and Conclusions 92

Exercise 3B Using Quotations to Enliven Your Essay 93

Final Writing Challenge: Write Your Own Cause-and-Effect Five-Paragraph Essay 95

Section 3 Supporting Research Material

Appendix A Facts About the BP Oil Spill 100

Appendix B Finding and Using Sources of Information 104

Appendix C Using MLA Style to Create a Works Cited List 107

Appendix D Sample Essay Topics 110

Organizations to Contact 112

Bibliography 117

Index 123

Picture Credits 127

About the Editor 128

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