- Is technology a positive of negative influence on teenagers?
- How has the Internet and Social Media changed the lives of teenagers?
- How are we different in real life vs. online?
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.
- Teens who spend less time in front of screens are happier – up to a point, new research shows (Washington Post)
- The surprisingly positive power of texting, according to science (Washington Post)
- Research offers mixed messages on the impact of social media on adolescent emotional health (Baltimore Sun)
- What you post on social media can hurt, and help, the college admissions process (Common Sense Media)
- Time to teach teens–and all of us–to be savvy about news on the internet (The Dallas Morning News)
- No, kids CAN’T study while they’re texting (Daily Mail)
- Colleges grapple with cheating in the digital age (Los Angeles Times)
- How young is too young for cellphones in school? (Washington Post)
- Teen Texting Soars; Will Social Skills Suffer? (NPR)
- Keeping My Personal Life Private, On And Offline (Youth Radio)
- In Your Facebook: Social Sites Are Everywhere (NPR)
- Teens Aren’t Just Texting, They’re ‘Sexting’ (NPR)
- Where There’s ‘Sexting,’ There May Be Sex (NPR)
- Steve Jobs was a Low Tech Parent (NY Times)
- Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds (NPR)
- Brown Oks bill allowing minors to delete embarrassing Web posts (LA Times)
- Alter Egos in a Virtual World (NPR)
- Texting away our best manners (Kansas City Star)
- Teens Are Teens (Los Angeles Times)
- Teenagers and Social Networking (Guardian)
- Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens (NYTimes)
- Hooked on Our Smartphones (NYTimes)
- Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials, Report Finds (NYTimes)
- AVID Transitions
- Easybib.com (Works Cited)
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (MLA Formatting and Style Guide)
- Persuasion Map (readwritethink)
- 5 Crazy Ways Social Media is Changing Your Brain Right Now
- Is Technology Wiring Teens to Have Better Brains?
- Why Multitasking Is Bad
- Is Technology and Multitasking Rewiring Our Brain?
- Social Media Impact On Teens
- No, kids CAN’T study while they’re texting: Research finds teenagers struggle with multitasking
- How social media is affecting teens
- Look Up from your social media addiction and live
- Can we auto-correct humanity?
- Sexting scandal highlights challenges for schools
- The high-tech tricks kids use to cheat in school
- Multitasking is a Myth, and to Attempt It Comes at a Neurobiological Cost
- Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking
- The problem with multitasking (The Energy Project)
- Code of the Streets: How is Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets” connected to Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running? How is “The Code” a guide to the Rodriguez’s choices in East Los Angeles? What are the causes/effects and possible solutions for gang-affiliated youth in Los Angeles? Write a synthesis essay including evidence from both texts.
- Political Activism: What does Luis Rodriguez’s memoir Always Running reveal about the way Latinos transformed their minds and their lives? Discuss Always Running, the film Walkout, Rodolfo Corky Gonzales’s poem “I am Joaquin,” and the film Precious Knowledge as you explore how Latinos can remove the “shackles” from their minds.
- Texts in Conversation: Luis Rodriguez, Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur: In his writing, Rodriguez explores the impact the streets have had on his life. Explore the recurring themes of Always Running, the Autobiography of Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur’s poetry. You may also choose to include additional texts by Rodriguez: “The Price of Family,” “Race Politics,” “Watts Bleeds,” and “Mean Streets.”
- 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.
- Include a works cited page (bibme.org, citationmachine.net)
Handouts and Writing Resources:
You may also choose to use the following texts below in your essay:
- Excerpts from “I Am Joaquin” or Full Poem here (Rodolfo Corky Gonzales)
- “Watts Bleeds” and “Mean Streets” poems (Luis Rodriguez)
- “Race Politics” poem (Luis Rodriguez)
- “The Price of Family” (Luis Rodriguez)
- Selected Poems (Tupac Shakur)
- “Learning to Read” Excerpt from The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Alex Haley)
- “Los Angeles Walkout” (PBS)
- “The Code of the Streets” (Elijah Anderson, The Atlantic)
- “Street Codes” (Elijah Anderson, YouTube)
- Walkout (IMDB)
- Precious Knowledge (IMDB)
- “Love Poem to Los Angeles” (Luis Rodriguez)