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Bioengineered Food Article

Directions for Bioengineered Food Library Activity: Defending a Position in a Persuasive Outline

Biology

Required Marterials

  1. Food labeling article
  2. Model outline about SUVs (below)
  3. Checklist for evaluating your outline before you submit it (below)

Your Task

  • Create a sentence outline in which you defend a position about labeling bioengineered or genetically modified food.
  • Look at the model outline about sports utility vehicles.
  • Use the checklist to see if you have accurately completed the task.

When you are finished, submit to the library media specialist:

  1. Your outline
  2. A rubric stapled to the outline

***To begin, go to the Virtual Library, look under Library Lessons, and click on Science.

***Find the section in Biology called "Bioengineered Foods." Open the Bioengineered Foods Outline. Save a copy to your P-drive.

Requirements for this Assignment (Bioengineered Foods - Persuasive Sentence Outline)

1. You need to paraphrase or put in your own words all direct quotations.

  • Use complete sentences in your outline.
  • Relate each argument to labeling.
  • Proofread.
  • Check spelling.
2. Take a clear, thoughtful and persuasive position. To create an effective outline, you need to start with a position about the labeling of bioengineered or genetically modified food. The position you decide upon becomes your thesis. State it at the top of your outline.

Bioengineered food should be labeled.

-or-

Bioengineered food should not be labeled.

3. Support the position with three broad, logically organized arguments or reasons or points of view. These arguments should be broad generalizations. Include information for each of the sources. The supporting ideas should be well-developed and contain accurate and relevant information.

Your arguments will be based on The New York Times Article "Labeling Genetically Altered Food is a Thorny Issue" and at least two other articles from Opposing Viewpoints.

To access Opposing Viewpoints:

Go to the Virtual Library, look under Databases, click on Opposing Viewpoints
Click on Proceed when the InfoTrac screen appears
Do an advanced search Subject Food Keyword Labeling
Read the search results-you should have 25+ results.
Mark 2-3 articles that have titles relevant to your argument.

Directions to manage multiple windows

Right click on the time in the lower right corner
Choose Tile Windows Vertically
Close all windows except your Bioengineered Foods Outline and Opposing Viewpoints

4. Have two examples or evidence for each argument. Gather and evaluate specific evidence about each of your three arguments. The evidence can be specific examples, facts and/or statistics. The evidence should be details and it should not be a broad generalization. Parenthetical documentation: After each statement of supporting evidence, cite the source of your supporting evidence by putting the name of the author of the article in parenthesis.

Ex. Bioengineered food has undergone government testing and has been found to be safe; therefore bioengineered food should not be labeled. (Conko)

How to Cite Your Sources

1. Copy and paste the citation information from The New York Times Article. (This has been done for you.)

2. Cite sources from Opposing Viewpoints at the bottom of your outline.
Click on Marked Items (at the top)
Click on How to Cite Marked Items
When the dialogue box opens, click on SAVE
In the next dialogue box, click on Open
Copy and past the citations to the bottom of your outline
Before you submit your outline, be sure to delete the articles you didn't read from the bottom of your outline.

Format in Outline View

When you are finished entering information, format the document in outline format. Go to View: Outline. The document should now be in outline format. If necessary, use the arrows at the top to display the hierarchy of your thinking

To get to the Virtual Library from home

Search a search engine using the terms: “Simsbury High School CT

Click on Library Media Center on the left banner.

Checklist for the outline on: Should bioengineered foods be labeled?

YESNO
I removed the guide words in the sample outline: argument, evidence, state the author, etc.

I wrote an introductory paragraph. (Note: Some introductions contain questions that will be answered in the arguments.)

Each argument mentioned labeling.

I wrote in complete sentences.

My three arguments are different from each other.

I supported each of my three arguments with at least two statements of relevant evidence of specific details: facts, statistics, opinions.

I put the author's name in parentheses after each evidence statement.

I proofread my outline for spelling and grammar.

I used third person.

I wrote a concluding paragraph summarizing my three arguments.

Model Outline

Thesis: Sports Utility Vehicles should be banned from the road.

I. Introduction

In order to prove that Sports Utility Vehicles should be banned from the road, the following questions need to be answered. Are Sports Utility Vehicle unsafe? Do Sports Utility Vehicles pollute the environment? Should owners of Sports Utility Vehicles continue to receive generous tax breaks?

II. Sports Utility Vehicles are unsafe; therefore SUVs should be banned.

A. Government studies have found that the occupant death rate for mid-sized SUVs is 6 percent higher than cars. (Smith)

B. SUVs ride higher off the ground and have a higher center of gravity; therefore their rollover rate is three times worse than for cars. (Jones)

III. SUVs should be banned from the road because Sports Utility vehicles are bad for the environment.

A. SUVs burn more gas and spew out more pollution. Many of the big SUVs pollute three times as much as cars. (Marko)

B. An official with the Maryland Dept of Transportation publicly blamed the explosive growth in SUV sales as the main reason pollution in the region dramatically increased.(Smith)

IV. SUVs should be banned from the road because it is unfair to manufacturers and owners of cars that Sports Utility vehicles are subsidized by generous tax breaks.

A. SUVs are exempt from the federal gas-guzzler tax which is usually assessed on low mileage cars, saving automakers as much as $10 billion a year. (Jones)

B. Small businesses take a $25,000 tax deduction when they buy an SUV. (Marko)

V. Conclusion

Sports Utility Vehicles should be banned from the road because these vehicles are unsafe, SUVs pollute the environment and owners of SUVs receive an unfair tax break that is not given to owners of cars.

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