Homework, due Oct 4

By Friday, Sept 30 at 11.59 PM, post in the comments section of this blog with 1) one point that your group came up with, written as a full sentence, 2) whether this point is with or against the grain, and 3) a link to a supporting source. (To create the link, simply copy the URL and paste it into the comments section.) Note: The first comment posted is a great example of what you’re supposed to do! Model your comment after that one, and you should be good to go. 🙂

Then, select four points you’d like to write about for Paper #1: two with the grain & two against the grain. Write your points on the Writing Plan handout, as complete sentences. Also, write at least one relevant quotation from one of your sources to illustrate or support each point. (You will have four points and four quotations total.)

Read the “Paragraphing: MEAL Plan”. (This is a single page long. It shouldn’t be too onerous!) In your homework notebooks, write an answer to the prompt: In high school, you may have learned to start paragraphs with topic sentences. In what way(s) is the information in this handout similar to that instruction? In what way(s) is the information different? Turn your homework notebook in during class.


35 thoughts on “Homework, due Oct 4

  1. GMOs would be very beneficial to those in developing countries but the cost of implementing GMOs is too high for farmers, and thus they aren’t actually able to afford their own food. This is one example of the way that GMO advocates have not implemented their plans to help people in 3rd world countries. This source is against GMOs and thus against the grain of the original article.


  2. Consumers have the right to know what they are eating and make the judgement themselves whenever they want to eat GMOs food or not. The law should support and protect the people’s decision, not deciding for itself whenever the people are intelligent enough to judge if GMOs is a threat or not. As long as the scientific community is still in disagreement about the safety of GMOs, the possibility of GMOs being harmful should always be in consideration and therefore labelled.


  3. Scnients agrees on the saftey of GMOs almost unanimously. But consumers care about it. GMO foods also have to be labeed like other conventional foods. Futhermore, GMO labeling policies appears to be the battle to gain more profit between GMO food companies and the others(conventional food companies). GMO food company are trying to take advantage of non-labeling. This is with the grain of against of the original essay.



  4. While reading this article of “the voluntarist’s dilemma,”I asked myself what is the main cause of volunteering? The article written by Hamp helps bring more understanding to this topic by explaining “There are still many additional benefits to voluteering beyond strengthening your professional network and leadership skills.



  5. Although the public steers clear of GMO’s, they’re yet to be proven harmful. GMO’s have shown no connection to organ health, mutations, gene transfer, or fertility, pregnancy & offspring. This is for the grain.


  6. According to this link, there are no enhancements of nutritional value in genetically modified products. This statement is with the grain because if there were nutritional enhancements in GMO products that most likely would need a label on the package to testify of the enhancement. Since they don’t have nutritional enhancement, there’s no need for labels.


  7. Two Against the Grain Sources:
    https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/50-things-learned-volunteering-abroad Katie Boyer reflects on her volunteer experiences, many are positive aspects that could be used against the grain or as an idea to research. She’s studied public relations, journalism, and Spanish at a school in California and has personal experience abroad. May be helpful (better than nothing).

    http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/04/29/can-voluntourism-make-a-difference/work-hard-enjoy-the-experience Chris Johnson is in charge of a Christian volunteer non-profit organization that provides housing for those in need. Basically, he’s saying that as long as work is done it doesn’t matter how many Instagram posts you make. Someone outside of yourself is still going to benefit. And it’s in the NYT so it’s a good source.


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