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Mr. Wilson's Assignment

Argumentative writing project  100pts.                                 

You have been selected to have a memorial built in San Francisco to a person of your choice.  Your idea will be built in San Francisco if you can persuade the people who will fund your idea.

Choices to promote your idea


You may write an argumentative essay

You may create an argumentative brochure

You may write an argumentative article or letter to the editor


Your memorial product must include the following items:


First paragraph or section

Who is the person you have chosen and what was that person’s contribution to the world? This is a short biographical paragraph. They cannot be under any court investigation for wrong doing. Cite your sources.


Second paragraph or section:

Why is this memorial needed in San Francisco?  Where would it be placed and what type of memorial is it?  [Example: statue, park, sign, building, etc.]


Third paragraph or section:

How is this memorial you propose different from others that may be in San Francisco or elsewhere already?  Cite sources.  What is your argument to people who say “We don’t need that”?


Fourth paragraph or section:

How will this memorial be paid for?  Do you have ideas about fundraising? How long will it take to be built?  Base on similar memorials. Cite sources.


Fifth paragraph or section:

What do you want the reader or viewer to do?  It is great that you have this idea, but you need help and you want the reader to do something.  Tell the readers what you want from them.



Blue or black ink, standard paper or printed

Brochure, poster, model with explanations covering all the above writing tasks

Make this a project you are proud of                                     


Drafting document for

Memorial Project

Basic information


Sources  or additional notes

Section one


Person you have chosen

Cite your source








Section two



Why is this memorial needed?




Where will it be built?












Section Three



How is it different?



What is the response to critics?




Section Four



How will it be funded?


What is the design?


When will it be built?





Section Five

Move to Action


What is the reader supposed to do?


Is there a contact number or address?




Recommended Process:

  1. Choose the person of your monument. 

  2. Decide what is the purpose of your monument.

    • Whose experience is the monument about?
    • To whom is the message addressed?
    • What do you wish to accomplish by building it?
    • What do you want people to think? To feel? What about the event do you want them to remember?
    • Why?
    • Choose a location for your monument. Choose a real place.
  1. Pick the site. How will it be situated? What will surround it? What environment will it exist in? Where will the light fall?

  2. Pick the materials it will be made out of.

  3. How will the public experience the monument?  Looking, hearing, touching, moving?  Other senses?

    In your description, explain the choices you made above.  Go beyond "we must remember or history will repeat itself."  Consider your readings in all of your classes as well as your reading's for our class.  Write a thoughtful explanation.


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