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									Prewriting Instructions: Essay #3. Follow the set of instructions that corresponds to the
essay option you will be responding to. Use your responses to develop ideas that you can
then develop into a Blocking Plan and Rough Draft.

In a 4-6 page paper, argue that advertising, in general, is useful and valuable or that it has
mostly negative effects—or some combination of both. Your essay should include an
argumentative assertion as your thesis statement and support that assertion with focused body
paragraphs. This may be best accomplished by synthesizing specific advertisements with the
readings we’ve done in class.

1. What impact does advertising have on individuals and the culture as a whole? Think about broad
economic effects, financial and psychological impacts on consumers, the impact on our cultural values, etc.
2. Review your previous response. Do your best to draft a preliminary thesis statement (1-2 sentences) that
answers the question: Does advertising have mostly positive or negative effects, and what are those effects?
3. Review your first response again. Try to group the effects you listed into 3-4 main ideas that support
your thesis. List these main supporting ideas—they can be used as the topics of your “proof” paragraphs.
4. Brainstorm a list of specific advertisements you’ve seen that might relate to any of the 3-4 main ideas
you’ve listed. Briefly explain how each might be related. (You will want to use analysis of advertisements
as the supporting INFORMATION in your PIE paragraphs.)
5. Review the readings briefly. Note what points or passages from the readings might be related to the
topics you’ve listed. (You can use quotations in the INFORMATION sections of your paragraphs.)
6. Brainstorm a few possible arguments against your thesis. How would you refute these
counterarguments?




Prewriting Instructions: Essay #3. Follow the set of instructions that corresponds to the
essay option you will be responding to. Use your responses to develop ideas that you can
then develop into a Blocking Plan and Rough Draft.

Option One: In a 4-6 page paper, argue that advertising, in general, is useful and valuable or
that it has mostly negative effects—or some combination of both. Your essay should include an
argumentative assertion as your thesis statement and support that assertion with focused body
paragraphs. This may be best accomplished by synthesizing specific advertisements with the
readings we’ve done in class.

1. What impact does advertising have on individuals and the culture as a whole? Think about broad
economic effects, financial and psychological impacts on consumers, the impact on our cultural values, etc.
2. Review your previous response. Do your best to draft a preliminary thesis statement (1-2 sentences) that
answers the question: Does advertising have mostly positive or negative effects, and what are those effects?
3. Review your first response again. Try to group the effects you listed into 3-4 main ideas that support
your thesis. List these main supporting ideas—they can be used as the topics of your “proof” paragraphs.
4. Brainstorm a list of specific advertisements you’ve seen that might relate to any of the 3-4 main ideas
you’ve listed. Briefly explain how each might be related. (You will want to use analysis of advertisements
as the supporting INFORMATION in your PIE paragraphs.)
5. Review the readings briefly. Note what points or passages from the readings might be related to the
topics you’ve listed. (You can use quotations in the INFORMATION sections of your paragraphs.)
6. Brainstorm a few possible arguments against your thesis. How would you refute these
counterarguments?

								
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