The claim the author is trying to make is that ,despite people's beliefs that class does not affect people's lives as much as race or religion, it plays a large role in people's lifestyles. The author develops this point by displaying different aspects of people's lives like health, family, housing, etc. and show the same issue are dealt with based on a person's class.
People often are blinded to the realization of a class system in America and even more ignorantly bliss to the extremes of these classes. We do not notice the big influence this class system has on us, it matters, CLASS MATTERS!!! This book teaches its readers just how much it matters and how prevalent it is in our society, as well as comparing our modern class system to the way it was decades ago.
The author is arguing that although individuals in our society today may not see it, our class system plays a big role in our daily lives. The author supports the argument by providing statistics and people's personal stories in which show how this class system put in place affects us on the regular. The author is showing how massive of an issue this actually is, and he is truly showing why CLASS MATTERS!!!!!!
The author creates the argument that our economic class affects us in major ways. In many cases, we think that in America, class doesn't matter, but it does. There are many clear distinctions and differences between different economic classes, like the lower class, middle class, and upper class. The author creates this argument through personal stories of people, and statistics that show how class matters.
The authors establish the argument that our class position in this country do affect our lives greatly. The differences between people of one class and people of a different class are more noticeable than ever, and this is supported by the inclusion of testimonies of people who come from all classes, and the inclusion of statistical knowledge.
The author speaks with very elevated and sometimes convoluted diction, which is not surprising since the book is formatted like a research paper on a mature subject. His tone is very informal. Most of the book is the stating and elaboration of facts. Keller’s syntax is very declarative and telegraphic which I like, because it gets straight to the point. There are many complex parts of class, so it would be difficult to understand the main point if everything was long and involved.
The author builds the argument by giving specific examples of social class stratification to prove that class really does affect many things and people's lives.
The author established an argument by comparing three case studies of a heart attack, and it showed that the lower their class was, the worse their health care and recovery was. This supports the argument of how the higher your class, the better your health is and the longer your life is. The author’s audience is working Americans, because they’re the ones directly affected by class. Class Matters informs them about how their income can affect almost every aspect of their life.
The author uses statistics through general research and case studies in order to prove the argument that class greatly impacts the quality and treatment of people's lives. In addition, he says that the contrast of people between different classes is now greater than it has ever been before.
The authors argument developed through reports/ case studies. Each claim had 1-3 stories from contrasting perspectives which discussed how their class affected their way of life or how their way of life affected their class. Doing case studies instead of surveys helped develop the argument because case studies allow more details, which leads to a better comparison between classes. This builds the main argument about how the class you are in has a large effect on your way of life. Also most studies came with statistics too, to show that the stories represent the average experience of the group.
(Sorry I posted the wrong thing again! Only my 2nd and 4th post are meant to be there) The author starts with a anecdote or historical fact that can relate to both the claim and the reader. Then Keller elaborates on the claim while adding statistics and facts leading too credible sources to tie the whole thing together.
Students in Mrs. Theaker's class reading The New York Times' contributors Class Matters will discuss here.