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Argument Writing Workshop!

Prompt:
After completing your annotations on the two articles we read in class, which article do you
agree with more? Based on the evidence and claims you found in both of these articles you will
create your own claim on the subject, and then produce a single page paragraph using the
elements of argument we searched for in the articles. You must use evidence from one of the
articles we read and a single credible outside source. By the end of your paragraph you must
include an example of ethos, logos, and a refutation.

Structure of your paragraph:


Green: Your claim.

Yellow: First point to support claim

Red: Evidence
Red: Analysis

Yellow: Second point to support claim

Red: Evidence
Red: Analysis

Yellow: Third point to support claim (uses a counterclaim to strengthen argument. Must have a
concession and a refutation).

Red: Evidence
Red: Analysis

Green: Conclusion

*You do not need to include figurative language for this paragraph.

*Friendly reminder: your paragraph can only have a maximum of three SOBVs for advanced
grade. You can have five SOBVS to score proficient.

Joe Hugo

Mr. Sanderlin
English 7 - Period 7

10 February 2017

Driverless Cars: The Key to Future Safety

Driverless cars present a potential solution to the dangers that people face on the road

today. A clear link between poor driving and accidents exists. The National Highway Traffic

Safety Administration reveals that 94 percent of crashes involve some form of driver error or

impairment immediately before impact (Pelini 1). Removing driver error in the form of

automatic cars provides the answer to lowering this statistic, proving lives hold more importance

than social technology. Driver distractions also serve as perfect examples of where this human

error begins. According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 4 million of

the nearly 11 million crashes that occur annually could potentially be avoided if distractions were

eliminated (Pelini 1). Eliminating 4 million accidents carries a strong case for the safety,

protecting people across the world. While some individuals fear that this switch to self driving

cars comes too hastily and appears overly experimental, the real situation demonstrates how

meticulous researchers regulate new driving technology. The National Association of Insurance

Commissioners validates this cautious attitude by informing that there is a long list of safety

and legal issues to iron out before self-driving cars hit the road. Four states have passed laws

permitting self-driving cars for testing purposes (NAIC Self-Driving Cars). Granting permission

for testing this technology gives the public a view into the future of increasingly safe forms of

transportation that saves millions of lives.Some technology distracts, others save.