STEP 1: Choose a research question (1-9) from the separate sheet.
STEP 2: Conduct a critical analysis of your question, finding and consulting credible sources. You may want to brainstorm possible responses and decide which are most effective. Write your working thesis. It should be a response to your question. Make your claim as specific as possible.
STEP 3: Find credible sources and create an Annotated Bibliography, which is a separate assignment.
STEP 4: Outline your support for your claim. It should consist of at least 2 reasons. Each of these reasons should be supported from specific examples from the primary text and credible research sources.
STEP 5: Anticipate readers’ responses, questions, and alternate points of view. Determine how you will address the most important of these.
STEP 6: DRAFT your essay. Your FINAL DRAFT should have
-an INTRODUCTION paragraph, in which you establish definitions (if necessary), establish WHY your claim is significant (SO WHAT?), and make your claim/THESIS
– at least 2 SECTIONS (multiple paragraphs) in which you establish REASONS and EVIDENCE, and
-at least 1 SECTION (at least one paragraph) in which you ACKNOWLEDGE & RESPOND to readers’ questions/ALTERNATE POINT(S) OF VIEW.
-a CONCLUSION paragraph to sum up your argument and provide closure.
-You will need to use at least 8 outside sources in your final draft, including
at least one personal communication (interview).
-You will need to use APA Format to create in-text citations and a WORKS
STEP 7: Draft your paper and get feedback from me, peers, Writing Center, etc.
STEP 8: REVISE, EDIT and PROOFREAD your draft for submission. Double-check APA formatting.


200 points: Content – strength of thesis, quality of support, APV, unity, coherence
100 points: APA Format – for in-text citations, references page, and other formatting

Choose a question from the list below. Do not try to tackle more than one question in the same paper.

–Narrow the topic/focus as much as you need to — probably more than you think.

1. What are the benefits from briefly “unplugging” from electronic devices?

2. Is “smartphone” addiction a real, legitimate condition? If so, how should it be avoided and/or treated? If not, how has extensive smartphone use simply become a new social norm, and affected other norms and standards we have about communicating?

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