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Research Project #2 Topics (Pick One)

  1. Topic: How can we bridge the differences that divide us?

Writing Prompt: Some argue that America today is more divided than ever before by such factors as political orientation, socioeconomic class, race, sexual orientation, and gender. Blame has partially been placed on lack of open communication with and proper understanding of “the other side.” Do you feel that this is the case? What role, if any, does social media have to play in this divide? Explain your response using your own personal knowledge and experiences, as well as documented outside sources for support. [See They Say/I Say Chapter 16 (pgs. 209-313)]

  1. Topic: Are we in a race against the machine?

Writing Prompt: Research has highlighted both the positives and negatives of today’s seemingly constant reliance on technology in almost all facets of daily living. From communication with loved ones to online tutorials, much of our daily functions are based in some way around technology. Some warn that not only is this heavy reliance on technology hazardous to things like personal relationships, but it is also having a negative impact on our overall health and mental capacities. Others, however, focus instead on the positive advances that technology has come to offer in communication, education, recreation, and the like. With which viewpoint do you most closely align? Explain your response using your own personal knowledge and experiences, as well as documented outside sources for support. [See They Say/I Say Chapter 18 (421-529)

  1. Topic: What’s gender got to do with it?

Writing Prompt: It is common thinking today that the more “classic” role of the male and the female is taking on a major shift. As more moms remain in the workforce, some dads decide to stay home and raise their children, and still others pursue nonheterosexual relationships, yesterday’s stereotypes of home life are becoming a thing of the past. Describe the impact that these changes are having on society as a whole and, perhaps more importantly, on the youth who are being raised by this new dynamic. Explain your response using your own personal knowledge and experiences, as well as documented outside sources for support. [See They Say/I Say Chapter 19 (531-619)]

  1. Topic: What’s there to eat?

Writing Prompt: The United States is by all means and purposes a country of wealth and stability. Even so, though, there is quite a debate looming around the readily available access to healthy foods by the American public at large. Activists cite the lack of things like organic fruits and vegetables, as well as the promotion and greater accessibility of unhealthy fast food options, in low income communities to be the main cause of food-related health problems like diabetes and obesity. But who is to blame here? Is it the government, the fast food industry, the individual himself? What role, if any, do food choices play in living a healthy life? Explain your response using your own personal knowledge and experiences, as well as documented outside sources for support. [See They Say/I Say Chapter 20 (621-729)]

How Can We Bridge the Differences?

BBC News. "Why Is America So Politically Divided?" 2013, YouTube.com, www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=yOocxd9qGHA. Accessed 19 Nov. 2018.

In Text  (BBC News)

Are We in a Race Against the Machine?

Schaffer, Simon, presenter. Mechanical Monsters. Produced by TVF International, 2015. Films Media Group, 2018, digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=98422&xtid=154332. Accessed 19 Nov. 2018.

In Text  (Schaffer 15.25)

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Mechanical Monsters. Presented by Simon Schaffer, produced by TVF International, 2015. Films Media Group, 2018, digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=98422&xtid=154332. Accessed 19 Nov. 2018.

In Text  (Mechanical 15.25)

 

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