Project Proposal Responses Tj

Explain how Edmondson responds to opposing points of view. Describe specific passages in which she counters those or concedes and refutes them.

  • Edmondson responds to opposing points of view when she says "And it is shortsighted to say that the products are cheaper even if the price tag displays a smaller number." She talks about how the downtown stores can't compete with the "low" prices that the box stores are putting on their price tags.

Identify her main claim and at least three supporting claims. For each of these claims, describe one piece of support she has that is linked to each claim.

  • Her main claim is that small towns are losing their sense of community because of big box stores.
    • One supporting claim for Edmondson's main claim is when she talks about the farmer that had to sell his farm because of a box store that he couldn't compete with. Another supporting claim was when she first compared the two towns of Scottville and Cadillac. When she compares these two towns, she describes how the box stores are affecting the culture in Cadillac. One more supporting claim that Edmondson makes is that towns are losing their sense of being a community. Edmondson says that people are focusing more on themselves and less about helping their community.

Edmondson uses sources throughout her argument. Which ones are the most effective? Why?

  • Edmondson's most powerful source is the farmer that she talks to. This is the most powerful because it is someone who has actually experienced the affects of box stores taking over towns.
  • Introduction
  • Describes the town she grows up in, Scottsville, and how she moved to Cadillac
  • Describes harmful effects of box stores
  • States that culture should be preserved, and it wont be if big box stores move into town
  • Responds to claims
  • Box stores are good for the community
  • compares economics between box stores and local businesses
  • box stores may have cheaper prices, but the economical impact is far greater
  • Responds to counterarguments
  • uses quotes to strengthen stance
  • How personal experiences relate to argument
  • wants communities to grow as a whole, not just certain areas
  • Solution is presented, middle ground between local and corporate
  • describes working at Walmart
  • consumerism is harmful
  • provides different examples of what can be done
  • conclusion
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