Assignment 5: Persuasive Paper Part 3: Possible Disadvantages, Answers, with Visuals
Due Week 10 and worth 250 points
Using feedback from your professor and classmates, revise Parts 1 and 2, and add Part 3. Plan to include visuals to illustrate the advantages of your proposed solution.
Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:
Provide Part I: Revision of A Problem Exists (3-4 pages)
1. Revise your Persuasive Paper Part 1: A Problem Exists, using feedback from the professor and classmates.
Provide Part 2: Revision of Part 2: Solution to Problem and Advantages (3-4 pages)
2. Revise your Persuasive Paper Part 2: Solution to Problem and Advantages, using feedback from the professor and classmates.
Develop Part 3: Possible Disadvantages, Answers, with Visuals (1-2 pages, for 7-9 total pages)
3. Included a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph.
4. State, explain, and support the first disadvantage (economic, social, political, environmental, social, equitable, ethical/moral, etc.) to your solution and provide a logical answer. This should be one (1) paragraph.
5. State, explain, and support the second (and third if desired) disadvantage (economic, social, political, environmental, social, equitable, ethical/moral, etc.) to your solution and provide a logical answer. This should be one or two (1-2) paragraphs.
6. Include one or two (1-2) relevant visuals that help illustrate an advantage.
7. Use effective transitional words, phrases, and sentences.
8. Provide a concluding paragraph to summarize the proposed solution, its advantages, possible disadvantages, and answers to the disadvantages. Repeat or paraphrase your thesis statement.
9. Develop a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
10. Use one (1) or more rhetorical strategy (ethos, logos, pathos) to explain claims.
11. Support disadvantages and answers with at least two (2) additional quality relevant references. Use at least eight (8) total for Parts 1, 2, and 3. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting guidelines:
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student?s name, the professor?s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
Note: Submit your assignment to the designated plagiarism program so that you can make revisions before submitting your paper to your professor.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
- Recognize the elements and correct use of a thesis statement.
- Associate the features of audience, purpose, and text with various genres.
- Analyze the rhetorical strategies of ethos, pathos, logos in writing samples and for incorporation into essays or presentations.
- Correct grammatical and stylistic errors consistent with Standard Written English. Prepare a research project that supports an argument with structure and format appropriate to the genre.
- Revise drafts to improve clarity, support, and organization.
- Recognize how to organize ideas with transitional words, phrases, and sentences.
- Incorporate relevant, properly documented sources to substantiate ideas.
- Use technology and information resources to research selected issues for this course.
- Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.
PART 1 and PART 2 are attached. Please REVIEW PART 1 and PART 2 before completing PART 3. THANK YOU.
Running head: FIXING AMERICA?S FOOD SYSTEM
1 Persuasive Paper Part 1: Revision of A Problem Exists
Professor Jonita Powell
November 20, 2016 FIXING AMERICA?S FOOD SYSTEM 2 Fixing America?s Food System
There are numerous health and nutritious problems that school aged children face as they
consume the food offered by the school cafeterias. Nutrition is a major issue that concerns many
people since it directly affects their health. School aged children expel a lot of energy during
play, as well as while processing what they are taught. A balanced diet is important for growing
children because it gives the body the nutrients it needs to function correctly, but also body
building foods are needed for replication cells needed for growth to take place. ?A balanced diet
means getting the right types and amounts of foods and drinks to supply nutrition and energy for
maintaining body cells, tissues, and organs, and for supporting normal growth and development.?
It is imperative we fix the National School Nutrition Program. ?Deep-fried popcorn
chicken, tiny taters, bread, barbecue sauce, ketchup, milk. That high-fat, high-sodium, low-fiber
menu is a typical lunch at a typical American elementary school.? (Parents). A teacher in one of
our schools decided to write a blog on the issues with school lunches called, ?Fed Up with
Lunch: The School Lunch Project.? She decided to consume these school lunches with her
students and she was astonished at what she found. She stated, "But if you're a parent you may
not have a clue about what your kids are really eating. Lunches at my school are like overly
packaged TV dinners gone bad." (Parents). This is when Michelle Obama, our First Lady,
decided to start the movement, ?Let's Move! Campaign.? This article touches on the fact that
children crave healthy foods. Regardless if they think they don?t. "When the First Lady planted,
and harvested the garden with kids and then cooked a meal with them, those kids ate salad like it
was going out of style -- like it was French fries -- and they ate peas like they were the best thing
they had ever tasted." (Parents). This proves that children crave healthy foods, we just have to FIXING AMERICA?S FOOD SYSTEM 3 get them involved and keep them ?moving.? Include the children in the meal prep and planning
and we can battle this epidemic.
There are numerous challenges that the National School Lunch Program faces. Three
come to mind automatically. Allergies, Religion and Nourishment. These are challenges that can
be battled if we follow the rules and allow for expansion of the program.
Some children are allergic to the foods they are provided with at school. A food allergy is
a result of the body handling some proteins in some part of the heart, hence influencing the
release of particular chemicals which triggers allergic reactions. Different people react differently
to different foods due to heath complications. One of the fatal allergies that can affect an
individual is Celiac Disease, which is an insusceptible response to eating gluten, a protein found
in wheat, grain, and rye. After consumption of gluten, a person suffering from Celiac Disease
will have an immune response triggered in his or her small intestine. Over time, the continuous
reaction causes wearing of the walls of the small intestines, consequently hindering the
absorption of some useful nutrients in the human body. The wearing of the small intestine
triggers some diseases such as diarrhea, tiredness, loss of weight, bloating and anemia. The
above conditions can lead to serious health. (Fixing America's Food System).
Religion can be a factor that can indirectly affect the nutrition of school aged children.
Some religions, for example, prohibit the consumption of the meat of certain animals, as they
believe that they are sacred and are not meant to be consumed. Others, for example, the Jewish
and Christian religion believe that pork is not intended to be consumed, since pigs are dirty
animals according to their religion. Meat is a major source of protein in the meals of people of
almost all walks of life. In a school setting that does not have an alternative replacement for
proteins for the students who do not consume meat due to religious reasons; the affected students FIXING AMERICA?S FOOD SYSTEM 4 will have a meal that is not balanced. In extreme cases, these kids could suffer from the diseases
that are caused by protein deficiency; such Marasmus and Kwashiorkor. ?Kwashiorkor is a
disease caused specifically by a lack of protein in the diet.? ?Marasmus is a wasting away of
body tissue from a lack of both calories and protein in the diet.? (Human Diseases).
In addition to religious reasons that can be a reason for one not to consume some foods, a
person can also fail to eat a given meal due to the fear that it could contain a type of food that is
allergy sensitive. Such a kind of insecurity can adversely affect the health of an individual,
especially school aged child, who cannot get an alternative to the food provided. It is necessary
that schools make an effort of listing the constituents of different foods to eliminate the fear
Despite the fact that school meals are required to follow the Nutrition Guidelines, they
fall short of meeting all the nourishment sensitivities and health standards. Different types of
food have the nutrient contents that are essential for healthy development of the body. It is
necessary for meals to be balanced so that there is a maximum availability of necessary nutrients
in the body. It is a common occurrence in many schools that their meal contents do not meet the
standards of a balanced diet, despite the requirement by law. Also, some meals are not prepared
in the right environment, hence the likelihood of contamination of such foods with dirt, hence
become unsafe for consumption. The above substandard foods expose pupils to various health
complications that can be avoided if the authority of such schools adheres to the health standards
that have been put in place. (Food and Nutrition Service, 2016).
A look around the world. A sample menu in our school?s now is: Choose ONE main
course: Mozzarella Sticks, 5 (15 cal. 45g Sodium) Chicken Nuggets, 5 (462 cal. 400mg Sodium) FIXING AMERICA?S FOOD SYSTEM 5 Turkey Club (462 cal. 1518 Sodium) Choose 2 Veggies/Fruits: Cucumber, Diced pair (15g Sugar,
80 cal.) Farm Fresh Fruit. Chilled milk.
China?s School Lunch Menu: Chicken Ranch Wrap (430 cal. 126 sodium) Steamed
Broccoli, Fruit and Veggie Bar, Chopped Romaine Salad, Fresh baby carrots, Red Delicious
Apple, Chilled diced pears.
A healthy lunch for school-age children should contain between 600 and 980 calories,
balancing complex carbohydrates with proteins. Fats should be kept to a minimum, as a high-fat
lunch will cause blood to be diverted from the brain to the stomach to assist the digestive
process, which may cause a child's alertness to suffer in the afternoon. An example of a balanced
lunch would be a tuna or deli-meat sandwich on whole-wheat bread, accompanied by a side salad
topped with light creamy dressing, a glass of milk and a piece of fruit instead of a sugary dessert.
We need to encourage children to eat protein first. ?It's not just what you eat for lunch that can
affect your child's afternoon performance, but also the order in which they eat the food. By
eating the protein first, the amino acid called tyrosine will stimulate the brain.? (Plus, G). Eating
the carbohydrates next will cause another amino acid, tryptophan, to enter the brain. Tryptophan,
which is found in foods such as turkey, has a sedative effect, but its effects are lessened by the
tyrosine that entered the brain ahead of it. Eating protein first and carbohydrates second will
effectively wake up your brain, and enhance a child's after-lunch performance.
In conclusion, various factors could affect the nutrition of school aged children. Some of
them include allergies by some people to certain foods, Religious reasons, failure of the
institution to meet health and nutrition standards while preparing the meals. Although financial
issues in regards to the meals provided to the students could be a problem, the administration of
particular schools could discuss with the Parents' of the necessity of them chipping in for the FIXING AMERICA?S FOOD SYSTEM
betterment of the meals provided to their children. ?Although the price of such meals could be
higher than the one provided generally, it could be a healthy way of feeding school aged
children.? (Plus. G). Also, different institutions should be keen to adhere to the health as well as
nutrition standards to ensure that the health of the students that are under their care is protected. 6 FIXING AMERICA?S FOOD SYSTEM 7 References
The NY Times. Balanced Diet. (1997-2008). Retrieved from
Parents. The Problem with Your Child?s School Lunch. (2016). Retrieved
Human Diseases. Dietary Conditions. (2016). Retrieved from
Fixing America's Food System ? Eating Well. (2016). Retrieved from
National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Food and Nutrition Service. (2016). Retrieved from
Plus, G. (2016). Planning for School. Retrieved from
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