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  • 1. Make a list of all the arguments you can to support your view. 2. Don't adopt arguments in the sources. Use critical thinking to combine your own observations with the sources. 3. Don't blend a quotation from one of the sources ito your argument, choose carefully and respond to the material.
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  • 4.When citing use the speakers name and credentials in the sentences. Here are some rules for incorporating numbers. a. write out numbers 1-9 , use numerals for 10 and above. b. Write out a number if it is the first word in a sentence. c. Do not use the % sign, use the word percent. Here are some examples to the right.
  • Faulty Taken in moderation and with proper exercise, soft drinks have little to no effect on youth. A body with a normal metabolism burns the equivalent of 140 calories from a serving of soda while sleeping. Therefore, it is unfair to single out soda in explaining “the rise in obesity [that] result [s from] many complex affecting eating and activity behaviors,” which include video-game obsessed lifestyles (Source C).
  • Better Therefore, it is unfair to blame the increase in childhood obesity on soft drink consumption. As Kristen Powers of the Grocery Manufactures of America points out, “The rise in obesity is the result of many complex factors affecting eating and activity behaviors, and there are no simple solutions” (Source C). Those who target soft drink consumption may divert attention from the myriad of causes to a convenient scapegoat. The truth is, American culture has changed dramatically in the past two decades. Children spend more time commuting, they eat restaurant food several times a week, and they rarely get together for unstructured neighborhood play. Clearly, the time children spend playing video games is part of the problem.
  • Faulty A more fundamental point which I feel cannot be expressed enough is that schools exist to educate our children, and a partnership with a large corporations seems destined only to detract from that goal of learning. Just as it makes perfect sense for companies to influence elementary school students because of that crucial time when “children are still establishing their tastes and habits,” it makes perfect sense for those concerned about education to keep them out because the aforementioned crucial habits include studying, reading, and paying attention to the teacher over the soda machine (Source F). Better Schools exist to educate out children, and partnerships with large corporations seem destined to detract from learning. The fact that elementary school students are easily molded is not lost on the soft drink companies. As a writer for Beverage Industry noted, “Influencing elementary school students is very important to the soft drink marketers because children are still establishing their tastes and habits” (Source F).
  • What needs to be changed here? Childhood obesity is not the result of soda companies having contracts in schools. Opponents of this practice use obesity as an excuse. Like most excuses, it simply masks the whole truth. It is true that many children are obese because they “take in fats and sugars…far in excess of recommendations,” (Source B) but they do so of their own free will. Some may claim that having advertisements in schools leads children to feel pressured to consume a certain beverage; it does not lead children to feel pressured to drink that beverage in such excess that would lead to obesity. Only by addressing the underlying causes will obesity be eliminated. Also, when states pass such bills, “they restrict the authority of local schools and school districts” to decide which beverage they wish to make available to their students (Source C).
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