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Explores differing perspectives on gangs and makes use of the opposing viewpoints structure to extend talent in writing severe essays, with emphasis on organizing rules and arguments within the five-paragraph essay

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You feel safe. ” An “Underclass” of Women What’s clear is that there has been a dramatic coarsening in the behaviour of an entire underclass of young women— driven partly by the destruction of the nuclear family and the lack of a strong father figure, but also by a celebrity culture in which female so-called “stars”—famous only for appearing on Big Brother or its equivalents—are photographed blind drunk and fighting in the gutter with other women outside nightclubs. Analyze the essay: 1. This essay uses narrative elements to show that girl gangs are on the rise.

Lance Corporal Raya was a Marine on leave from a tour in Iraq. S. Marine veteran and gang member Andres Raya in 2005. Another officer was killed in the shootout. —are making major inroads into America’s Armed Forces. , home to Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne, knows of members of Florencia 13, Latin Kings, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Norteños, and Sureños serving in the military. A 2006 report produced by the Los Angeles Joint Drug Intelligence Group also lists the 18th Street Gang, Eastside Longos, and Vagos as having military-trained members.

Roberts is a writer whose work has appeared in the American Spectator and the American Conservative. Consider the following questions: 1. What percent of the military does the author say are gang members, compared with the rest of the population? 2. What shooting techniques did soldier and gang member Andres Raya use when he opened fire in a California liquor store? Where does the author say he learned this tactic? 3. By how much does the author say the percentage of army recruits with high school diplomas has dropped since 2003?

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