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(Solved) Prof. Stavast CSULB, English 100 Spring, 2016 Essay II


Audience

Your audience is made up of academic-minded readers. Those in this class are particularly interested in helping you succeed on this assignment. Consider that you?re writing for The Daily 49er. Students and professors and staff read it too.

Purpose

This research argument asks you to find related articles and to synthesize them in the service of making a claim about a current, important subject. The work of finding credible, college-worthy sources as well as integrating them into your own argument is highly valued by professional and academic peers. In fact your work will be evaluated in this regard (and often, in this class). This assignment also asks you to take a position on some aspect of the use of social media. It is a Liberal Arts staple to examine your critical thinking and writing skills via argumentative research essays, so let?s get started.

Choose one of the four topics below. Work to develop answers to the questions, and to possibly combine some of your answers to form a thesis statement.

Questions

(1) To what extent do you agree with Norton that one should stay away from social media? Focus on just one idea, or on two closely related ideas from Norton?s list. What is your major reason for avoiding social media?

(2) To what extent do you agree with Orenstein that social media, which she likens to a space in which we perform for an audience, leads to more narcissism and therefore to less empathetic people? What is your major reason?

(3) What are your suggestions for college-aged users of social media? In what ways should they be aware of language when they use social media? In what ways do users of social media change their uses of language when online and off? Of what should social media users be aware when toeing the line between public and private space? What are your suggestions for a smoother social media experience?

(4) Sherry Turkle argues that education technology can have adverse effects upon learning and therefore on society. Write a research-based essay that states to what extent you agree with Turkle?s thesis; conclude by suggesting solutions and/or discussing what the future might hold for human learning. Use your imagination during this last part. But your research will drive this essay?s direction. Find out what experts are saying before you jump in with your thesis and other major ideas.

(5) Should the internet remain an anonymous space, or should users of social media and message/comments boards be required to provide their names? You might find several reasons?try sticking to one major issue. In class, safety seemed the focus.

If you have a topic outside of these you?d like to argue about, let me know ASAP. On the 24th of March I need you to make your choice.

Rubric

Sources: academic-friendly, complex, richly detailed, packed with information, whether argumentative or factual. Articulate the source: sum it up clearly. Source integration: Is the source introduced and appropriately detailed? Do we know the publisher and document type? Is the writer a professional or a journalist who specializes in particular fields/disciplines? Help skeptical readers stay with you.

Thesis-driven piece: Is the thesis clear, complex? Is it a list? Can the list be changed into perhaps a summation of the list? Perhaps the list is full of items that can be more closely categorized, such as cause/effect. Does the conclusion take readers beyond a summation? It should suggest, attempt to solve a problem, show positive/negative implications for the future.

Counter-arguments: Find research that contradicts or complicates your point of view. Awareness of counter-arguments is key to providing credibility that your readers need. Are you fair-minded? A section that includes a summary of opposing points of view and critical engagement with a source goes a long way toward seeming fair-minded but also helps you to understand others and to become a stronger critical thinker on the subject.

Voice/tone: You may include personal examples, but remain true to your tone. If first-person is in your plan, one great way to begin is with a story that strongly exemplifies the problem/idea so that you don?t surprise readers by appearing for the first time midway through your essay. Using third-person throughout is fine and is usually good practice at the collegiate level unless otherwise noted.

Guidelines: 4-5 pages (1300-1500 words), 12-point Times New Roman, DS in immaculate MLA Style and include a Works Cited page. Integrate at least two (2) sources into your argument.


Prof. Stavast

 

CSULB, English 100

 

Spring, 2016

 

Essay II prompt

 

Rhetoric and Psychology of Social Media

 

Possible readings from Identity, Ed. John Scenters-Zapico: Rainie (226), NPR (333), Turkle

 

(339), Fahkoury, Opsahl, and Reitman (358), Orenstein (346), Dewoskin (350), Fletcher

 

(362), and Norton (372); also the Jaron Lanier article on Smithsonian.com and the Yik Yak

 

piece on Wired.com.

 

Audience

 

Your audience is made up of academic-minded readers. Those in this class are particularly

 

interested in helping you succeed on this assignment. Consider that you?re writing for The

 

Daily 49er. Students and professors and staff read it too.

 

Purpose

 

This research argument asks you to find related articles and to synthesize them in the

 

service of making a claim about a current, important subject. The work of finding credible,

 

college-worthy sources as well as integrating them into your own argument is highly valued

 

by professional and academic peers. In fact your work will be evaluated in this regard (and

 

often, in this class). This assignment also asks you to take a position on some aspect of the

 

use of social media. It is a Liberal Arts staple to examine your critical thinking and writing

 

skills via argumentative research essays, so let?s get started.

 

Choose one of the four topics below. Work to develop answers to the questions, and to

 

possibly combine some of your answers to form a thesis statement.

 

Questions

 

(1) To what extent do you agree with Norton that one should stay away from social media?

 

Focus on just one idea, or on two closely related ideas from Norton?s list. What is your

 

major reason for avoiding social media?

 

(2) To what extent do you agree with Orenstein that social media, which she likens to a

 

space in which we perform for an audience, leads to more narcissism and therefore to less

 

empathetic people? What is your major reason?

 

(3) What are your suggestions for college-aged users of social media? In what ways should

 

they be aware of language when they use social media? In what ways do users of social

 

media change their uses of language when online and off? Of what should social media

 

users be aware when toeing the line between public and private space? What are your

 

suggestions for a smoother social media experience?

 

(4) Sherry Turkle argues that education technology can have adverse effects upon learning

 

and therefore on society. Write a research-based essay that states to what extent you agree

 

with Turkle?s thesis; conclude by suggesting solutions and/or discussing what the future

 

might hold for human learning. Use your imagination during this last part. But your

 


 

research will drive this essay?s direction. Find out what experts are saying before you jump

 

in with your thesis and other major ideas.

 

(5) Should the internet remain an anonymous space, or should users of social media and

 

message/comments boards be required to provide their names? You might find several

 

reasons?try sticking to one major issue. In class, safety seemed the focus.

 

If you have a topic outside of these you?d like to argue about, let me know ASAP. On the 24 th of

 

March I need you to make your choice.

 

Rubric

 

Sources: academic-friendly, complex, richly detailed, packed with information, whether

 

argumentative or factual. Articulate the source: sum it up clearly. Source integration: Is

 

the source introduced and appropriately detailed? Do we know the publisher and

 

document type? Is the writer a professional or a journalist who specializes in particular

 

fields/disciplines? Help skeptical readers stay with you.

 

Thesis-driven piece: Is the thesis clear, complex? Is it a list? Can the list be changed

 

into perhaps a summation of the list? Perhaps the list is full of items that can be more

 

closely categorized, such as cause/effect. Does the conclusion take readers beyond a

 

summation? It should suggest, attempt to solve a problem, show positive/negative

 

implications for the future.

 

Counter-arguments: Find research that contradicts or complicates your point of view.

 

Awareness of counter-arguments is key to providing credibility that your readers need.

 

Are you fair-minded? A section that includes a summary of opposing points of view and

 

critical engagement with a source goes a long way toward seeming fair-minded but also

 

helps you to understand others and to become a stronger critical thinker on the subject.

 

Voice/tone: You may include personal examples, but remain true to your tone. If firstperson is in your plan, one great way to begin is with a story that strongly exemplifies

 

the problem/idea so that you don?t surprise readers by appearing for the first time

 

midway through your essay. Using third-person throughout is fine and is usually good

 

practice at the collegiate level unless otherwise noted.

 

Guidelines: 4-5 pages (1300-1500 words), 12-point Times New Roman, DS in immaculate

 

MLA Style and include a Works Cited page. Integrate at least two (2) sources into your

 

argument.

 

Peer review draft due: Tuesday, April 5. Bring one copy for review. If absent for peer

 

review, you must enlist 4 of your English 100 classmates to review your work.

 

2nd draft due for grading due Thursday, April 7 at the beginning of class. Include peerreviewed draft or else I will not grade it.

 


 

 


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