2 sources can include this article
and either righteous mind book or the righteous mind ted talk
“With the Death Penalty: Let the Punishment Fit the Crime,” Robert Becker.
(This is the opinion editorial to be used.
identify the moral foundations of the argument in one of the opinion editorials below and to explain how these moral foundations help or hurt the argument when it comes to readers who might lean toward being socially liberal or socially conservative and to offer a better argument that makes better use of the moral foundations. In other words, given what Jonathan Haidt tells us about liberals and conservatives and their tendencies when it comes to moral foundations, how might the argument be improved to better target those who lean towards the opposite side of the ideological spectrum?
spend time explaining what the opinion editorial is arguing and quoting and explaining the quotes to the reader. You want to be sure to explain which moral foundation/s the opinion editorial seems to emphasize (i.e., care/harm, fairness/reciprocity/cheating, loyalty/in-group/betrayal, authority/respect/subversion, sanctity/purity/degradation, liberty/oppression). Then, you should evaluate how the argument will go over with liberals versus conservatives. And finally, you should explain what argument the author might have made to be more persuasive to those with different moral foundations.
An introduction that contextualizes the issue.
A thesis that states your central point as exactly as possible. For example, opinion editorial X appeals more strongly to conservatives/liberals because of its focus on moral foundations a and b, but it should actually have focused on foundations c and d or spoken about foundations a and b in this way.
A clear and logical structure that follows from your thesis.
Topic sentences and transitions introducing individual paragraphs.
Support for your points in the form of quotations from both the opinion editorial and The Righteous Mind. Choosing the right quotes is just as important as having enough supporting evidence.
Your essay is in MLA format?
Do you have a title that is unique (no one else in class is likely to use it as far as you know) to your essay?
Your introduction introduces the topic (e.g., immigration) and briefly identifies Jonathan Haidt and the moral foundations?
Your essay has a concise, one sentence (or, at most, 2 sentence) thesis at the end of your introductory paragraph?
Your thesis includes reference to the op-ed, the relevant moral foundations, and your main point?
The first section of your body paragraphs identifies the main moral foundations your op-ed uses?
The second section of your essay identifies how the moral foundations in the op-ed fall short in persuading someone from an opposite-leaning political foundation?
The third section of your essay explains and maybe even gives an example of how the author could have revised their op-ed to better reach those who lean in a different direction? (Alternately, you might explain why the issue is one that where consensus is difficult to find because the issue itself invokes the moral foundations. Usually, this is not the case.)
You use quotes from The Righteous Mind (Chapter 7) to clarify and support points about the moral foundations?
You use quotes from the op-ed to give examples of each moral foundation the author uses/misuses?
You explain how the quotes are examples of particular moral foundations?
You cite your quotes in MLA format: (Haidt 163) or (Blecker) and place spaces after the close quotations and before the parenthesis and place a period after the closed parentheses?
Your conclusion recaps the main point and explains why it is important or significant?
You have proofread your essay checking for spelling and clarity issues (and maybe checked the document with a spelling aid such as Grammarly)?