Read the following article from the Los Angeles Times, and answer the following questions: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-katz-immigrant-concentration-camps-20190609-story.html
- The article states: “In the last year, at least seven migrant children have died in federal custody” (Katz, 2019, June 9). How could you verify this data to be sure it is true? Explain.
- Analogies or comparisons are often used in persuasive writing to convince readers to accept the point of view of the writer. What is the main comparison this writer makes (hint: look at the title and main claim)? Is this comparison logical or relevant? Why or why not? What is the appeal used in the comparison: ethos, pathos, or logos? Why (or why isn’t) it effective in your opinion?
- Does the writer use inclusive pronouns (us, we, our, you, I) to bring readers closer to the issue? If so, find one example, and quote here.
- Look at this sentence: “A year ago, Americans accidentally became aware that the Trump administration had adopted (and lied about) a policy of ripping families apart at the border” (Katz, 2019, June 9). What words are used to describe what the policy does? Rewrite this sentence in a way that makes it neutral without opinions.
- In the last few paragraphs of conclusion, what is the author claiming might happen in the future? What emotions is the writer appealing to?
- Find at least two more factual news sources about this topic, and post the links here. Make sure they are about the same time (within a week or two of the original article. Explain how you could use these two sources as different perspectives on the same issue.
Read this article from the opposite viewpoint: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/opinion/letter_to_editor/a-conservative-s-view-of-illegal-immigration/article_d7ab68c4-51d0-540c-a7aa-500e9644dff2.html
- Look at the author and website. Is the website credible? Is the author credible?
- FInd some data ( facts or statistics) used as examples in this article. Where does the data come from? Choose one sentence that contains data, and try to fact check it. Tell us what happened. If you can verify it as truth through another source, copy paste that source here.
- What is the main claim of this article?
- How does the author support his or her claim?
- In your opinion, why or why isn’t this article effective?