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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 format, this book focuses on writing a persuasive essay. Persuasion is a frequently used essay technique for writing informational, opinionated, and how-to essays. Readers will find useful information to write a successful persuasive 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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Gr 7 Up-This title provides 15 well-balanced articles written by different authors. Like books in the "Opposing Viewpoints" series (Gale), it has a pro/con format. The text is broken up with color photographs, fact boxes, political cartoons, and questions to engage readers. Each piece ends with a section called "Evaluating the Author's Arguments." The essays are grouped under the questions: "Should Homosexuals Be Allowed to Marry?" "How Should Marriage Be Legislated?" and "Does Gay Marriage Threaten Society?" A short glossary, facts about gay marriage, a list of organizations (with several missing Web sites) and an annotated list for further reading are appended.-Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 9 Up- This book outlines the skills needed to create a critical essay. By using a hot topic such as gay marriage, the editor keeps students interested enough to learn how to deconstruct and then write an opinion piece of their own. There are writing tips, organizations students can contact, and facts about gay marriage. However, the essays themselves are often poor examples of writing. Both sides of the issues often contradict their "facts" and "research," which might be confusing to students. Also, the illustrations that accompany the pieces are often located in odd places. For example, an entry about why gays and lesbians should not have children includes a photograph of a same-sex couple and their adopted sons looking very happy and content. The most useful part of this book is section two, which has model essays and writing exercises. In the first example, the editor highlights important components, such as the topic sentence and thesis, and then invites students to do the same with another passage. The greatest concern about this book is that it might be used as a reference source on gay marriage, which it is not meant to be.-Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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Table of Contents


Foreword     5
Introduction: The Battle to Legalize Gay Marriage     7
Opposing Viewpoints on Gay Marriage
Gay Marriage Should Be Legal   Steven Lubet     14
Gay Marriage Should Not Be Legal   James E. Phelan     21
Gay Marriage Threatens Society   Charles Colson     29
Gay Marriage Helps Society   Sherman Stein     35
Gay Marriage Helps Children   Dale Carpenter     41
Gay Marriage Hurts Children   Maggie Gallagher   Joshua K. Baker     48
Model Essays and Writing Exercises
The Five-Paragraph Essay     58
The Persuasive Essay     60
Children Benefit from Gay Marriage     64
Create an Outline from an Existing Essay     68
Identifying Persuasive Techniques     70
What Does Your Marriage Have to Do With Mine, Exactly? Why Gay Marriage Does Not Threaten the Institution of Marriage     73
Create an Outline from an Existing Essay     76
Create an Outline for Your Own Essay     76
The Slippery Slope of Gay Marriage     79
Examining Introductions and Conclusions     84
Using Quotations to Enliven Your Essay     86
Final Writing Challenge: Write Your Own PersuasiveFive-Paragraph Essay     87
Supporting Research Material
Facts About Gay Marriage     91
Finding and Using Sources of Information     96
Using MLA Style to Create a Works Cited List     100
Sample Essay Topics     103
Organizations to Contact     105
Bibliography     112
Index     119
Picture Credits     126
About the Editor     127
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