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Convince Me! Persuasive Essays and PowerPoint Presentations
Students will cooperatively investigate six semi-hot topics (Organic Produce, Internet Filters, Dress Code, Electric Cars, Animal Testing, and Vegetarianism). Together, they will write a persuasive essay arguing for or against one of the hot topics. In small groups, they will highlight key points in a complementary PowerPoint presentation.

Convince Me! Persuasive Essays and PowerPoint Presentations

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On-line Resources

  • Organic Consumers Association
    The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) promotes organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices in the U.S. and internationally. OCA serves as a watchdog group to monitor biotech and irradiated foods.
  • The Center for Food Safety
    The CFS addresses the impact of food production systems on human health, animal welfare, and the environment.
  • Don't Panic, Eat Organic
    An organic growers homepage complete with a site-search feature.
  • Graig Farm Organics
    What is Organic Food?  This site offers mail order organic food as well as information about organic produce, meats, and farming.
  • Sustainable Development Information Service
    The World Resources Institute provides information on the expanding world food supplies.
  • Alliance for Better Foods
    The Alliance for Better Foods advocates for biotechnology to fight world hunger with quality, nutritious foods.
  • FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
    This site provides information regarding national food safety programs as well as federal regulations.
    American Library Association: Resolution on the Use of Filterin
  • Software in Libraries
    Adopted in 1997, the resolution states that "The American Library Association affirms that the use of filtering software by libraries to block access to constitutionally protected speech violates the Library Bill of Rights."
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