Teens and Tech Persuasive Research Paper

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Writing Prompt:

Is technology a positive or negative influence on teens? What are the benefits and consequences?

Write a persuasive research paper, in which you argue one side of the debate on teenagers and technology. Support your ideas with specific textual evidence from articles, videos, and research. Consider the counterargument: how will you convince those who disagree with you?

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Dystopian Worlds Synthesis Essay

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Writing Prompt: The short stories, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin, and the film Gattaca (1997) present seemingly perfect worlds that hide injustice under the surface. Societies sacrifice the joy of the individual for the benefit of all. What can we as readers learn from these stories about our own world? In at least a five-paragraph essay, describe a central theme (lesson, moral) in at least one of the stories. Include textual evidence to support your ideas. What lessons can we apply to our world today?

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Creativity and sentence variety.
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.

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Anthem Essay Contest

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Writing Prompts: Choose one of the following:

1.Aside from very rare exceptions, there is no opposition to the leaders in this society. Why is this? What ideas must the people in this society have accepted to live a life of obedience, drudgery and fear?

2.Prometheus writes: “The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them.” (Chapter 3) Why does he think that the secrets of this earth are not for all men to see? If he thinks this, why does he decide to show his glass box to the World Council of Scholars? How do these issues relate to the theme of the novel?

3.What does Equality’s society regard as sinful or transgressive, and what does it regard as holy or sacred? How does Equality’s view of what is sinful and sacred come to change by the end of the story? How do you think his ultimate view of what is sacred differs from our own society’s view of the sacred?

Writing Criteria:

  • Between 600-1200 words
  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.
  • Typed in MLA Format (Times New Roman, 12 point, Double Spaced) in Google Classroom (classroom.google.com).

Introducing Quotes/Evidence:

  • X states, “_______.”
  • According to X, “_______.”
  • In X’s view, “_______.”

Analyzing/Explaining Evidence:

  • In other words, X believes ____.
  • In making this comment, X shows us that _____.
  • X’s point is that _____.

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“Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros

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Essay Writing Prompts – Choose one of the following:

  1. In Woman Hollering Creek, Sandra Cisneros explores the connections between gender, culture and language and its impact on our identity. Choose one or more of the following short stories listed below. What is the theme (lesson/message) or recurring themes of these stories? Explain using textual details.
  2. How does Sandra Cisneros challenge stereotypes of Latina women in her stories from Woman Hollering Creek? Explain using examples from the texts below.
  3. Gloria Anzaldúa once wrote in Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, that “To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras, be a crossroads.” How are the characters in Cisneros’s stories living in the “borderlands” of language, gender and culture? Explain using examples from the texts.

Choose one or more of the following short stories from Woman Hollering Creek:

  • “Eleven” (6)
  • “Barbie-Q” (14)
  • “One Holy Night” (27)
  • “My Tocaya” (36)
  • “Woman Hollering Creek” (43)
  • “Never Marry a Mexican” (68)
  • “Bien Pretty” (137)

You may also choose to use the following texts below in your essay:

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.

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