In The Neurology of Free Will, Charles Duhigg shares the story of Angie Bachmann and her court case against Harrahs Casino. Duhigg uses Bachmann\’s story, along with intersecting narratives and relevant research, to question whether addiction is a choice. Ultimately, Duhigg asks us to reflect on how much personal responsibility addicts like Bachmann bear for their habits. The subsequent articles in the unit (Slater, Schaler, Halpern) provide additional perspectives about addiction, and they offer valuable information that we can connect to Duhiggs inquiries.
In an argumentative essay that draws from the articles in our unit, answer the following question: To what degree should Angie Bachmann be held accountable for her debts? Explain your position.
Introduction that explains the topic, and the relevant case, and defines key concepts
Three dimensional thesis statement with clear what, how and why elements
Subclaims at the beginning of each body paragraph*
*Note that body paragraphs that continue analysis of a previous sublcaim can just have a topic or transition sentence at the beginning
Context or lead-in for evidence
Evidence in the form of a quoted or paraphrased material, with in-text citations in MLA format
*Note that students must cite from a minimum of TWO articles in our unit. Students must focus on the information provided in the articles and may not conduct or use outside research for this essay.
Close analysis of details of quote, including explanation of an authors point, attention to an authors language, definitions or discussions of key concepts, and applications to the issue or question at hand
Discussion of larger significance of evidence, with connections to the thesis statement
Body paragraphs that connect to thesis and unfold logically from one to the next (organization and development of ideas)
Conclusion that restates main argument and/or responds to the significance of the topic
Correct grammar and usage; professional quality writing for an academic essay