The Use of Technology in a Modern World English one unit four

This unit asks you to consider what the impact of technology has been on society. How useful is it in our present-day world? After collecting information from media, art, literature, and other resources, write an essay that asserts your view with support from the findings of your research.

  • Is technology good for society?
  • Is it good for individuals? Is it bad?
  • Who determines what is good or bad for society?
  • How has technology impacted society?

As a way to manage all of the support needed to write the essay, keep a journal of research notes. The Journal of Research Notes will help you draft the essay. Make a copy of it and take notes throughout the unit. Journal entries are to be submitted to turnitin.com by these due dates:

  • Entries 1-7 are due on 2/3
  • Entries 8-15 are due on 2/25
  • Entries 16-20 are due on 3/4

What assertions can you make about how people use technology in the modern world?

Digital Nation (PBS)

Actively Learn Assignment

Respond to the videos below by using Actively Learn .

From the Actively Learn responses, prepare Cornell notes.

What Happens Next? (A Socratic discussion about the Future)

  • Your group will need to present information about a topic to the class.
  • Begin by going to the Padlet website.
  • Click on the red text in the topic box and begin studying your topic by watching the video about it.
  • Each group member should read an article on the website and take Cornell notes. The whole group needs to know the content of all of the articles.
  • Share notes with your group and prepare a short presentation to the class about your topic.
  • Use this sheet to help you create the presentation.
  • Include some examples from Where We'd Be... in the presentation.
Fahrenheit 451 A novel by Ray Bradbury

Respond to the video on Actively Learn

Reading Deadlines are on E/F Days

Record book deadlines in Google Calendar:

  1. E 2/4 or F 2/5-- Part One: The Hearth and the Salamander
  2. E 2/11 or F 2/12--Part Two: The Sieve and the Sand
  3. E 2/21 or F 2/24-- Part Three: Burning Bright
The White Cliffs of Dover

Respond in the comments section of each blog post and offer some ideas about the future of educational technology. (Due 2/6)

  • Level two do #1 and #2.
  • Level one do all three.
  1. Flying Solo: Would You?
  2. The Future of Learning, Networked Society
  3. The Myths and Opportunities of Technology in the Classroom

Enter entries from this work into your journal.

Develop a Philosophy of Technology


What is your personal philosophy about technology?

(Answering this question will help you shape an argument and make assertions about it so that you may do some research.)

Essential Questions Response

Review the performance task essay.

  1. Write an assertion with three/five pieces of support from your responses.
  2. After pitching your assertion, revise it so that it makes a clear, bold argument about your philosophy of technology.


In rhetoric, a rhetorical device, persuasive device, or stylistic device is a technique that an author or speaker uses to convey to the listener or reader a meaning with the goal of persuading them towards considering a topic from a perspective, using sentences designed to encourage or provoke an emotional display of a given perspective or action. Rhetorical devices can be used to evoke an emotional response in the audience, but that is not their primary purpose. (Wikipedia)

Stylistic Devices Assignment (Vocabulary) Make a Quizlet set of stylistic devices and study for the quiz on 2/25

Watch excerpts from famous speeches and prepare for the quiz on 2/25 by filling out the Rhetorical devices worksheet (due on 2/21)

Write the Essay

Cornell Notes Method-Use the summary from the notes and put them into the informative part of the annotated list of sources.

The Assignment

Day 1:

  • Review the thesis statement in your essay and then form the body paragraphs.
  • Start with reasons why your assertions are sound.(Topic Sentences)

Find support from:

  • The responses to literature
  • The responses to videos viewed in class
  • The responses to blog posts.
  • Online databases.

Day 2:

2. Conduct your own research and make an annotated list for the essay.

Make a Digital Essay

Draft the essay and then find some digital tools to use to make it a digital essay. See examples on Padlet.

Design tips and ideas

Digital essay example of The Heart of Darkness: A New Literacy: Making Connections in Digital Environments


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