Welcome to our final writing assignment of the semester, a researched argument!
Task: You will write an argumentative essay, supported by your own research, in which you analyze a group that has been victimized and argue whether or not they have received adequate reparations or restitution for the damage they experienced.
Now, more in depth: Choose an identified group (sample topics listed at end of this page) that has been victimized by a more powerful entity. Your choice of a group should be one that you hypothesize deserve restitution for that victimization. You will research a case for reparations for the harms committed and the damages that resulted from those harmful actions, and through your research findings and your critical thinking, you will argue your case for restitution for this crime. For this essay, you will document and explore the historical context of the group, the entity that caused the harm, and the event(s) that harmed the group. You will present and examine the damage done and the entity’s response to the damage they caused. What did they do to repair the damage? What should they have done? What efforts should be put in place to ensure effective reparations for such victims going forward? As you research, write and plan, remember that this is an argumentative essay: were there reparations and are they enough?
Types of Reparations/Restituion to consider:
Here are two examples:
Guidelines for Complete
Check below for list of helpful guides (which are now organized).
Some Example Groups—The possibilities are unfortunately infinite. Here are a few. Notice how specific they are in order to go as deep as you can in this writing assignment: