Ohrenberger Elementary School
Read about some American values. Make sure you understand the underlined words & phrases
Introduction: Values are the basic principles of the American way of life. These principles describe standards that most Americans share. To be an American, means to defend the following ideals that are rooted deeply in our democratic soul.
1. Individual Freedom: Liberty is the supreme principle of the social contract in America. This cornerstone of democracy represents the foundation of all other principles.
2. Hope and Opportunity: This describes the American dream which is pursuit of happiness as stated in The Declaration of Independence.
3. Rule of Law: The social contract in America is centered on the rule of law as spelled out in The Constitution of the United States. Every individual right is followed by individual responsibility. Amendments to the Constitution show our democracy has grown throughout the years. In America, every person is presumed innocent, unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
4. Hard work and the right to an education:
The principles of hard work began with the early
settlers. Despite their struggles, they ultimately persevered.
Hard work is celebrated and rewarded in America. Individuals, no matter
their age, race or social condition, have the right to improve themselves
through education. This principle implies that everyone has unique talents
or gifts that allow them to find jobs and become contributing citizens.
Parents must send their children to school everyday. No matter the social
or economic condition of a family, the government provides free
public school education. Every person deserves a chance in America.
Graphic Organizer: Hints for Writing a Good Persuasive Essay #1
A persuasive essay is writing that takes a position on an issue and presents strong arguments for or against the problem.
A good persuasive essay contains four essential parts:
Background of Controversy
Next: Checking the Four Main Points
Graphic Organizer: How to Write a Good Persuasive Essay #2
Checking the Four Main Points
Background of Controversy
the key question carefully. Make sure you fully understand it. Gather
enough information to grasp different angles of the issue or theme. Go
to the Internet, read books, magazines, and newspaper articles. Feed your
brains with "info-power".
2. Why does this happen? Every theme or issue has conflicting or opposite points of view. So, on the left side of a T chart (See below) organize items in favor of the controversy (PRO). On the right side of the T, list elements against the controversy (CON).
Graphic Organizer: How to Write a Good Persuasive Essay #3
Arrange arguments in favor of or against an idea, theme or controversy.
The T Chart
State the idea of debate or issue: ________________________________________
Personally, I am in favor ( ) against ( ) the idea because: