Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Persuasive Essay on "Life As We Knew it"

1.  Identify a position (5)
2.  Explain your criteria, application, reasoning for your position with quoted evidence as support. Please indicate the page number of your quote in parenthesis following the quote. (10)
3.  Explain the position of the opposition and provide counterargument.  (10)

  • Prompt - Would you recommend or not recommend the book?

  • Please creatively identify your audience within the essay.

  • Post your essay on your blog.

  • Do not be too brief or too lengthy.  Be concise.

  • Many people say that Life As We Knew it is a very boring, slow pace moving book. How could people not like this book? Life As We knew it is a story based off of the world "ending", and the theorys created by people who think the world is going to end. It really is a creep you out kind of book that will get under someone's skin and make them think hard about what they have. I would recommend this book to anyone, even if people aren't into fiction books. This book will really catch an eye at some point in it.
    Life As We Knew it is a fiction book, and many people do not like fiction books. But this book will catch the readers attention because it is pretty scary and will more than likely give the reader goose bumps while reading it. "The president was on TV tonight. He didn't say much that we didn't already know. Tsuanamis and floods. Untold numbers of people dead, the moon was out of its orbit, etc. Monday is national day of mourning, and we should all pray a lot." (pg. 43). This is one of the many quotes out of the book that will freak a reader out, it gives a lot of adventure and makes the reader want to continue to read it.
    Not only does this book have a plot that makes the reader want to continue to read it, and make the reader get suspicious about the book, it makes you wonder why? How in the world could something like this ever happen? Why are people predicting these things happening to the world at the end of 2012. Where does it all come from? There are many questions people can ask while reading this.

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012


    I choose "A Stolen Life" because it starts off about a young, normal girl. We all think we are invincable and noone would ever try to mess with us, or try to steal us like what happened in Jacyee's case. It seems inspiring because it seems like it will really make me apperciate my life and what I have and who I have in my life. My mom always tells me to be careful when I leave to go somewhere, and to watch out for those kind of people. I was taught to never say "yes" if someone tried to offer me candy, and to run and scream if someone were to try and pick me up. In this case, she tried, but she couldnt, and she was held captive for so many unbelivable years. And the things that happened to her are stunning.

    MLA documentation for "A stolen Life"

    Dugard, Jaycee. A Stolen Life: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster. 12 July 2011.