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Grades 9-10 | Argumentative

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Prompt: Imagine that your state government is asking for comments on a proposal that supermarkets be required to charge a 25-cent fee for each plastic grocery bag. Supporters of the ordinance say that plastic bags are an environmental problem because they end up in landfills, storm drains, and trees, and they argue that the fee will encourage customers to bring reusable bags. Opponents of the ordinance claim that the bag fee will mean more paperwork for store employees and extra work for those who must enforce the fee, and they say that the fee will penalize people who can’t  afford to pay it. Write a letter that will be posted on the state  website about the proposed bag fee, making a strong and  convincing case for or against a required 25-cent charge. 




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