An argumentative photo essay is a means of communicating your position or side to an issue, but, instead of using words, you will be using images. So far, we have been looking at rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos) to examine how credibility, emotion, and logic can persuade a viewer to believing your side of an argument is more valid then another. We have also been looking at the seven elements of argumentation, hook, claim, evidence, analysis, concession, refutation, and call to action to understand how to construct a cohesive argument. Your photo essay will incorporate all the elements of argumentation and rhetorical appeals to persuade viewers to accept your position on a topic of your choice. Listed below are the criteria for your photo essay:
Remember these topics are controversial for a reason, and we want to be sensitive and respectful of others, so make your argument clear but not harmful to other viewers. The music you choose can have lyrics, but, if there is strong language, please include the “clean” version. This is an individual project, so get creative and have fun!
Possible list of topics (but not limited to these):
1. Is global climate change man-made? (Find Sources)
2. Is the death penalty effective?
3. Is our election process fair?
4. Do colleges put too much stock in standardized test scores?
5. Is torture ever acceptable?
6. Should men get paternity leave from work?
7. Is a lottery a good idea?
8. Do we have a fair taxation system?
9. Do curfews keep teens out of trouble?
10. Is cheating out of control?
11. Are we too dependent on computers?
12. Are parents clueless about child predators on the Internet?
13. Should animals be used for research?
14. Should cigarette smoking be banned?
15. Are cell phones dangerous?
16. Are law enforcement cameras an invasion of privacy?
17. Are test scores a good indication of a school's competency?
18. Do we have a throw-away society?
19. Is child behavior better or worse than it was years ago?
20. Should companies market to children?
21. Should the government have a say in our diets?
22. Does access to condoms prevent teen pregnancy?