Formal Paper 3 asks you to draw on the critical thinking work you developed this

Formal Paper 3 asks you to draw on the critical thinking work you developed this semester to examine how three reliable sources frame some issue related to the environment and climate change. All three sources must address the same issue related to the environment and climate change. One of those sources must be from a database at the DVC library.
In your discussion, you are to identify the frame of reference that each source activates and why that matters. You are then to offer your own perspective on which frame or combination of frames you consider to be necessary for addressing the issue related to the environment and climate change that you have chosen to focus on.
Your thesis statement should grow out of your research (not before it). It should reflect the frames activated by your three sources as well as identify your own perspective on how to address the climate crisis.
A template of such a thesis might look like this: While [authors A and B] frame the problem of global warming as a technological challenge that can be solved through ingenuity,

frames the climate crisis as a political matter than can only be addressed through government action. Given the complexity and urgency of the climate crisis, we need to develop a multifaceted approach that includes both technological innovations and government action to address the climate crisis.
Before you embark on your research or begin work on your paper, please read through this guide in its entirety.
How to Approach this Paper
To help you think more deeply about the importance of framing and how to analyze frames used in writing arguments, you might review George Lakoff’s essay, “Why it Matters How We Frame the Environment (Links to an external site.),” along with several other essays we have read and discussed together in this course, including Episode 2 of John Berger’s
1) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17524030903529749
2) https://granta.com/How-to-Write-about-Africa/
Topic Options
The topic for this paper is focused enough to allow the entire class to work more or less along the same lines, but it is open enough to allow each of you a way to find what interests you about it.
Some approaches can focus on the following:
Climate change and environmental optimism
Climate change and environmental catastrophes
Climate change, the environment, and new technologies
Climate change, the environment, and resource extraction
Climate change, the environment, and human displacement
Climate change, the environment, and animal rights
Climate change, the environment, and Indigenous activism
Climate change, the environment, and the fossil fuel industry
Climate change, the environment, and the tech industry
Climate change, the environment, and global inequality
Climate change, the environment, and transnational corporations
Climate change, the environment, and public policy
Climate change, the environment, and ethics
Climate change, the environment, and social justice
Climate change, the environment, and urban design
Climate change, the environment, and transportation
Climate change, the environment, and war
Climate change, the environment, and resource extraction
Climate change, the environment, and world poverty
Something else related to the climate change of your own choosing
No matter which topic you choose from those suggested above, you will still need to narrow it down further. You can learn about how to narrow down your search topic and find sources under the “Research Basics” section of this paper guide.
Three Reliable Sources
For this paper, you are to find and analyze three reliable sources on the same topic related to the environment and climate change.
A reliable source is one that can be trusted. It is written by an expert in the field, it is published by a reputable medium, and it cites its sources.
To ensure that your source is reliable, please check it against the advice offered in the document Reliable vs. Unreliable Sources or view the presentation Evaluating Sources for Credibility
Structuring the Essay
In writing this paper, apply all that you have learned in this course about developing a strong paper. Here are a few reminders:
Include a relevant thesis statement that contains a debatable claim
After you have taken notes and brainstormed about your sources, consider how they relate to one another and what they tell us about the importance of how we frame discussions about the environment and climate change.
Ask yourself: What’s the point that all the observations I am making about my sources and how they frame the environment and climate change add up to? – If you can answer this question, then you have a good basis for your thesis statement!
For a quick review of how to construct a thesis statement, review the presentation The Thesis Statement Download The Thesis Statement
For this paper, your thesis statement, as noted on the paper description page in this module, should grow out of your research (not before it). It should reflect the frames activated by your three sources as well as identify your own perspective on how to address the climate crisis.
A template of such a thesis might look like this: While [authors A and B] frame the problem of global warming as a technological challenge that can be solved through ingenuity,
frames the climate crisis as a political matter than can only be addressed through government action. Given the complexity and urgency of the climate crisis, we need to develop a multifaceted approach that includes both technological innovations and government action to address the climate crisis.
– Provide clear introductions that identify the scope of your argument and your thesis, and end with a strong conclusion that wraps up your discussion and addresses the question “so what?” In between, supply solid body paragraphs with clear topic sentences and strong supporting evidence. For helpful reviews, consult the following presentations: Topic Sentence and Body Paragraph Structures
– Address the question “so what?” In other words, ask yourself: What is the significance of the observations I am making? How and why is this relevant? Integrate the answers to these questions into your analysis.
– Pay attention to logical flow
1) Make sure your essays flows logically from beginning to end with no gaps or repetitions in between.
2) Use transitions to show logical connections between your ideas. Consider the following options: however, moreover, in addition to, in contrast, similarly.
3) Ask yourself: What information does my reader need to make sense of what I am saying? Supply this information as needed.
– Supply a proper title that hints at the content of your paper.
An example of a relevant title for this paper might be something like: Framing the Environment and Climate Change: An Analysis of Three Approaches to Curbing Carbon Emissions. This title would tell your reader a lot of information. It indicates you will focus on the general topic of the environment and climate change but will focus more specifically on the issue of carbon emissions and their effect on the environment, and it tells your reader that your paper will analyze how the environment and climate change are framed in discussions of carbon emissions in three sources and why that matters.

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