Persuasive Essay

You will choose a side (agree or disagree) on one of the following two topics:

  • The overuse of electronics (cell phones, television, computers, video games, etc.) adversely affects society. (Agree or Disagree)
  • ┬áCell phones should be allowed in schools and are not a distraction to learning. (Agree or Disagree)

You will research your topic ONLY on the websites with the articles provided (you may ask for approval to use a different website, but you must have permission before writing), and you must cite the articles you use for information. Don’t just rely on one website! You must use at least 3 of the websites given for your topic. Website links are below.
Essays must adhere to the following format:

  • Introduction with a thesis statement (the final sentence in the introduction).
  • Three reasons why you have taken your position, along with evidence to support your opinions. (Use one paragraph for each reason, resulting in three body paragraphs).
  • Use of at least 1 persuasive technique and 3 persuasive appeals. (See page 555 of the textbook.)
  • Be sure to use facts, opinions (supported by facts), generalizations and even one or two overgeneralizations.
  • A conclusion which restates your thesis statement and leaves readers with something to think about (for instance, a “call to action”).

Pre-writing: Writing Editorial Practice, Persuasion Graphic Organizer, 2 Peer Reviews, Draft

Persuasion Graphic Organizer Writing Editorial Practice

Publishing: Final, Edited and Reviewed, Typed Essay

Post-writing: Writing Self-Assessment

Writing Self-Assessment

Websites/articles:
Topic 1: The overuse of electronics (cell phones, television, computers, video games, etc.) adversely affect society.
Study Shows Kids Tethered to Technology
Why Adolescents Overuse Technology, and What We Can Do About It
Negative Effects of Technology on Teenagers
Technology brings benefits, and tests, to society

Other (positive) articles:

Social Effects of Technology

Study: Emerging Technology Has Positive Impact in Classroom

The Effects and Influences of Technology on Society and Human Kind
How Teens View Their Digital Lives (study)

Technological Advancements and Its Impact on Humanity

Topic 2: Cell phones should be allowed in schools and are not a distraction to learning.
The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child
No longer banned, cellphones now embraced by SPS
Five Positive Effects of Technology on Education
Cellphones a distraction in class

Cellphones Negatively Impact Our School Communities

Cell Phones in Classrooms? No! Students Need to Pay Attention