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Transcript of Scratch Beginnings
• Adam determines his experiment will end when he has a job, a place to live, a car, and $2500 in the bank.
Is this a good determination of what makes someone an independent, functioning cog of society?
What, in your opinion, would be the standard? When has someone been elevated out of poverty?
Take a look at Adam's solutions on pages 216-217. Which solution do you think is the best idea? How about the worst? Explain your thoughts.
Does he have a positive ethos?
Plan for Today
Dissect Adam's experiment and argument
What role does Adam place attitude in The American Dream. Do you agree or disagree?
On page 102, Adam writes that there are 3 types of people in the world: those who are educated professionals, workaholics making others rich, and lazy people. Do you agree with this breakdown? Explain.
We meet a lot of shelter tenants in Scratch Beginnings, all with varying issues. What do you think is the #1 cause/factor of homelessness? Explain.
does he use pathos?
intended audience, assumptions, purpose, thesis
consider the American Dream and poverty
In your opinion, has Adam successfully proved the American Dream is not dead? Or was his experiment a failed argument (despite his own insistence that it worked)? Use specifics from the book to explain your thoughts.