English 1C


Portfolio Paper #2: Advanced Causal Analysis
1. To use causal analysis to examine closely complex causes and effects
2. To use the causal analysis to analyze other’s approaches and/or in personal and professional life in the future
There are debates in our society over the merits of a liberal arts education (studying art, humanities, math, and science) or if vocational education is enough (study only computers to work with computers or study cars to work with cars, and so forth).
With the current economy and cuts to education, on one hand, and our seemingly innate desire to know and understand things to feel complete, on the other hand, maybe you are contemplating the value of education yourself.
After reading Frederick Douglass’ “Learning to Read and Write,” Richard Rodriguez’s “Lonely Company of Good Books,” David Gelernter’s “Unplugged: The Myth of Computer’s in the Classroom,” Alice Walker’s “Saving the Life That Is Your Own: The Importance of Models in the Artist’s Life,” Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” and/or Clayborne Carson’s “Two Cheers for Brown vs. Board,” use the QuickThink Debate Outline to write an essay that analyzes and discusses the causes and/or effects of a good education, true education, traditional education, contemporary education, liberal arts education, or education for minorities and/or the masses.
Length: 2-3 pages typed double-spaced (five to six paragraphs)
Format: MLA format


Cause and Effect
Debate Outline
Option #1: Focus on Causes
[Note: Include quotes and real examples throughout.]
I. Thesis: (List causes)
II. Cause #1
III. Cause #2
IV. Cause #3
V. Conclusion
(*Identify type of cause—immediate, remote, sufficient, necessary, contributory)

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