Teens and Tech: The Effects of Social Media


mind plugged inDiscussion Questions:

  1. How has the Internet and Social Media changed us as humans?
  2. How are we different in real life vs. online?
  3. Has the Internet and social media been a positive of negative influence on humanity?

Write a persuasive essay, with a clear argument and support. You must use outside evidence, either from in-class articles or research on the internet. All sources must be noted in MLA Format on a Works Cited page after the essay.

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How has YOUR life been affected by the Internet and Social Media? Join in the discussion below.

Tips/Strategies for Rhetorical Analysis

Examples of student rhetorical analysis essays here:

  1. Example of a Rhetorical Analysis Essay: “I Have a Dream” (Macfarland)
  2. Rhetorical Analysis of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” (Ted Wilkenfeld)
  3. Rhetorical Analysis Essay (John Manfredonia)
  4. Rhetorical Analysis on “I Have a Dream” (Michael Hyun Jr.)

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  • Spelling
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  • Active vs. passive voice
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  • Plagiarism
  • Academic Vocabulary
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  • Capitalization

Parenting Essay


Essay Writing Prompt: How much freedom and supervision should parents give their children? Are parents today too overprotective? Or is “free range” parenting a kind of neglect? Explain why. Write an argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the articles: “Are Modern Kids Coddled?” (Newsweek) and “Kids Solo Playtime” (NPR). Also refer to our class text, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

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Academic Vocabulary and Reading Success


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