Writing an Argument: Is Electronic Communication Helpful or Harmful?

This Writing an Argument: Is Electronic Communication Helpful or Harmful? assessment also includes:

Technology has undoubtedly improved the lives of people around the world—but has it improved communication? Seventh graders read two informative passages about the rise of texting and emailing versus in-person conversations before arguing whether electronic communication has been helpful or detrimental for communication.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners research the origins of social media, starting with the NASA message referenced in the second reading excerpt
  • Create a formal debate about the benefits and drawbacks of social media after pupils write their final essay
Classroom Considerations

  • Article's statistics are from 2017, and may become outdated as technology advances
  • Mostly focuses on email and texting, while members of your class may be more familiar with social media
Pros

  • Provides two options for the final writing assignment, each of which is linked to different standards
  • Teacher guide breaks down the activities and contains helpful instructional tips 
Cons

  • None