The purpose of the Explanatory Essay is to fully explain your topic of choice based on the content of two sources (the

The purpose of the Explanatory Essay is to fully explain your topic of choice based on the content of two sources (the article from List of Approved Articles for Writing and the scholarly, peer-reviewed library article) and on your own understanding of the topic.

To complete the assignment:

Use your draft from Unit 5 (attached), the feedback you received from your instructor (attached) in the Unit 5 discussion, the insight you gained through reviewing the drafts of others, your readings of the course and textbook materials, and your understanding of the goals of this essay to revise your 3–4 page Explanatory Essay. (Page requirement does not include title page, references, or revision statement.)
Include an explanation of your topic via rich information from your two sources and from your own understanding of the topic. In addition, pay close attention to clarity, depth, paragraph development, flow, mechanics, purpose and audience, and source use.
Determine that you are comfortable with the quoted and paraphrased information from your sources throughout your essay, making sure you are incorporating source materials smoothly into your paragraphs and fully citing the sources in text and in an end References page in correct APA Style.
Use the Revising and Finalizing an Explanatory Essay Scoring Guide to thoroughly assess edit your essay for final submission, proofreading carefully for mechanics and for full and proper APA style. For instructions and examples related to in-text citation and end referencing of articles from your book and from the library, please refer to the Explanatory Essay Sample resource. Refer also to the APA section of A Writer’s Reference, under Article or Chapter in an Edited Book or an Anthology, and Article from a Database, and/or to The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers, APA Referencing, starting on page 453, Work in an Anthology, and Article from a Journal.
Compose a one-paragraph statement noting the steps you took during revision and how you feel these actions improved your work from the first draft to the final draft. Consider the following:
Purpose and audience.
Detail and clarity.
Structure, paragraph development and flow.
Mechanics, including grammar, spelling, and source use.
When you have finished your assignment, carefully and very thoroughly read through Revising and Finalizing an Explanatory Essay Scoring Guide before submitting your work. Read and comprehend all categories in the scoring guide, asking your instructor if you have any questions about any element of these criteria. Do not finalize and submit this assignment until you have taken this step.
Submit your assignment to the Turnitin source matching tool, and make any necessary revisions before submitting your final essay for grading.
Submit the final draft of your Explanatory Essay, including your revision statement paragraph after your References page.

A sample Explanatory paper is also attached.


Direct feedback from Instructor:
I enjoyed your paper. However, much of your paper is an attempt to persuade
your reader. You do have some explanation. The entire paper should be
explaining what your subject is and not in taking any sort of position. Make sure
that you are only explaining by telling what, why, and how.
Direct feedback from Instructor:
I enjoyed your paper. However, much of your paper is an attempt to persuade
your reader. You do have some explanation. The entire paper should be
explaining what your subject is and not in taking any sort of position. Make sure
that you are only explaining by telling what, why, and how.
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Earnest Dixon, Jr
Explanation of Argument Culture
ENG1000
English Composition
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Explanation of Argument Culture
Have we become the kind of people who have forgotten traditions on how to listen and
debate? What is the reason behind people having a quick argument? Almost every person wants
to give substances to his or her point nowadays. However, in “The Argument Culture,” Deborah
Tannen discusses how modern society does not follow the American traditions debating. In the
article, she explains how people have failed to take time to listens to both sides and absolutely all
sides of a subject. Tannen affirms that modern society is that type of society that would rather
fight and argue even to the point of violence. According to Tannen, in the argument culture war
prevails in every talk and the way people think like a battle of the sexes. People generally
approach the world with an argumentative attitude in their minds.
Argument culture is all about the persistent warlike type of atmosphere that makes people
get anything needed in order to realize as a fight between two sides that are opposing each other
(Tannen, 2015). In reference Tannen article, there are some of the key factors that have brought
about the presence of argumentative culture. Some of these factors include; high-tech
communication, arguments shaping who we are, and ending the argument culture by looking at
all sides.
How high technology in communication has pulled us apart
By people knowing each other personally dislike between people can be reduced. What is
normally happening in our day to day life is that we do not get time to interact with people to
face to face rather we do them with people we don’t know. Tannen explains how emails and
internet have led to ratchet of anonymity of people involved in the communication. This results
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in a stranger-to-stranger type of communication. In summary, technology has brought more
power to argumentative culture by supporting it in its totality.
Argument culture models who we are
Argument culture according to Tannen has a great impact on the culture and lives of the
people as it makes them to;

Distort facts. This is greatly supported by Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding story, where
the attack of Kerrigan’s knee story focused on the rivalry between the two skaters instead
of identifying Kerrigan as a victim of the attack caused.

Waste valuable time. This is explained in the case of scientist Robert Gallo who was
among people who discovered AIDS virus and was being put in meaningless four years
of investigations claiming that he had stolen the virus from another scientist.

Limit how they think. Headlines about a story are developed to bring attention, but the
language in which extremes use shapes and misshapes at the same time the way people
think about some things (Elhage & Novak, 2018).

Encourages people to lie. People always defend themselves to win even if they know that
what they are saying is not true.
End the argument culture by looking at all sides
Mary Catherine Bateson who is an anthropologist at Virginia’s George Mason University
gives her class and assignment of comparing three cultures and not only two of them. This would
enable the students to look at each culture in detail and preventing them from comparing them if
they were only two of them. By looking at three cultures, the problem of majoring on two sides
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will now be replaced by all side (Tannen, 2015). In summary, it will take creativity of every
person to look for ways to convert argument culture to dialogue culture.
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References
Elhage, F., & Novak, B. (2018). Writing as a Way of Dancing with Others, and with Life: A
Metaphor to Move Us, from “The Argument Culture” to a Culture Centered on Active
Empathy. Writing as a Way of Staying Human in a Time that Isn’t, 165.
Tannen, D. (2015). The Argument Culture (11th ed., p. 302). The Prentice Hall Guide for
College Writers.
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Analyzing an Explanatory Essay
In her essay, Suze Orman makes use of informal language. This language is highly
suitable for her audience which is the general public. The article addresses a large mass of people
who fall victim of the bad habit of poor use of credit cards. Her article suits the audience which
she addresses as it is possible for her to drive home the point she is trying to make. The informal
approach helps connect with her audience. It helps her tell a story as it captures the audience’s
attention. They are likely to feel like she is addressing them personally. Therefore, chances are
high that most people will understand the article and relate to it on a personal level.
An essay written on the same topic for an academic audience would require a more
formal approach. The author would have to use academic jargon that the audience can relate to
and understand. All the words used would be in full and no slang would be incorporated into the
article. Personal opinions, feelings and assumptions would also not be part of the article. In most
cases, academic research would have to be included in writing along with their correct citations
and references.
Orman incorporates a simple and clear method of expression. She laid out her ideas and
explanation of processes plainly by giving examples that everybody can relate to. These
strategies she used simplified her ideas and findings to a level that all people from all walks of
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life can understand. This strategy increased the scope of people who would be interested in
reading her article. These strategies are quite effective in delivering messages to the general
public. When one aims at reaching a big mass of people, it is wise to simplify and personalize the
message as much as possible. The academic style of writing only attracts a specified number of
people.

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