Ignore Social Problems Grossmont College Materia

Ignore Social Problems Grossmont College Materia

Ignore Social Problems Grossmont College Materia

You will read two articles that focus on the effects of materialism and overconsumption of goods.

You will begin to work on the essay based on the two texts provided-one by Graham Hill and the other by Juliet Shor.

(Include a these and outline page apart from the essay itself)


• This essay assignment is tied to Graham Hill’s “ Living with Less, A Lot Less” and “Work, Spend” by Juliet Schorr

• Length is 3 to 4 pages (approximately 750-1000 words)

Purpose: Locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from sources representing diverse perspectives to construct arguments.

Skills: The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in the course/in school/ in professional life beyond school.

• Read and understand arguments made by other writers

• Identify claims they make about the subjects in othere writers’ texts

• Analyzesocial and economic trends

• Understand how to use argumentativ etechniques like Rogerian and Refutation.

Knowledge: This assignment will also help you to become familiar with the following content/knowledge.

• Examine how different people approach or ignore social problems

• Develop analytical skills

• Comprehend why some people choose certain ways of life


Topic 1: Graham Hill, author of “Living Less. A lot less” claims “the best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all, and that relationships, experiences and meaningful work are the staples of a happy life.” He is making this statement from the perspective of a” materialist” who turned into a “minimalist.” How would a materialist respond to Hill’s claim?

Pretend to be a materialist and write a refutation argument in which you provide evidence to disprove Hills theory that material possessions are not a staple for a happy life.

Select at least three supporting claims Hill makes in his essay and refute them with concrete examples and evidence.


TOPIC 2: Juliet Schor, author in “Work, Spend,” claims that many American’s feel materially dissatisfied. We work staggeringly long hours, and yet walk around with ever-present mental “wish lists” of things to buy or get, and we save less than virtually anyone in the world. She argues that American’s have substituted a neve rending list of “wants” in place of needs and have become “imprisoned in capitalism’s ‘squirrel cage’” and are eternally caught in a work and spend cycle. Is Juliet Schor’s claim applicable to modern day American society?

Write a Toulmin argument in which you prove or disprove Schor’s arguments.

Write a clear argumentative thesis on the topic. Address at least three major argument’s Schor makes and provide support for your point of view


• Step 1 -Choose of of the two topics provided

• State the topic and articulate your position on the issue in a claim statement.

• Integrate evidence/supporting information from sources representing diverse perspectives.

• Step 2- Research your issue/issue and possible solutions You are required to use at least two sources other than Hill or Schor’s essays. Although you may use a thesaurus or a dictionary, these will not qualify as the two other required credible sources.

• Step 3 -Create an evidence-based argument essay using MLA format.

• Employ standard conventions of grammar and usage.

  • Step 4 – Revise and Proofread and edit for improving the essays structure, MLA format, and mechanical errors
  • Criteria for Success:

    Stay on the chosen topic.

    Use the Argument technique listed in your topic.

    Develop your arguments by using 3 or more premises and at least two concrete details to support each premise.

    Use credible sources.

    Use MLA formatting.


    Structure of the argument: 25 points

    Content/arguments (developed with credible sources) = 50 points

    Mechanics/MLA formatting= 25 points