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Children's LiteratureThis book is one in the "Opposing Viewpoints Guide" series designed to help students develop their skills in writing persuasive five-paragraph essays. Each book deals with timely and controversial social/political issues. It begins by briefly discussing the problem of terrorism then continues with eight opposing articles . Viewpoints one and two, for instance, give opposing viewpoints on the effects of the war in Iraq on world terrorism. The articles are taken from the popular press. The editor has listed pertinent questions within each essay on content as well as form. Section two suggests titles for practice essays, as well as guides for helping students develop their skill in writing essays. Section three lists facts about terrorism and resources for additional information on the subject. It is an interesting and helpful format in developing much needed writing skills now required on college entrance exams. The teacher who uses this particular book, however, must be well-prepared to guide students appropriately through such a volatile subject. Students need to be cautioned that the essays in the viewpoints section contain opinions as well as some facts. Mature students need the opportunity to exchange ideas on controversial subjects, but guidelines are needed for the activity to remain a positive one. Cartoons and color photos add interest. Resources for further study, an extensive bibliography and an index are included. 2005, Greenhaven Press, Ages 14 to 18.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.