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UNIT 2 PAPER. In Unit 1, we considered multiple perspectives on the impact that technology and climate change may have on life in the 21st century. In Unit 2, we’ve taken a look at a larger group of authors who explore more intersections between these two factors, as well as connected implications for modern education, discrimination, and sociopolitical inequality.
Using at least two of the Unit 2 texts and your own personal experience, make an argument that addresses the future of one or two of these five topics: technology, climate change, education, discrimination, and/or sociopolitical inequality in the 21st century. This argument can be about how you think these things will change within the future, or how you think these things should change in the future, and can offer a specific call to action for your reader. The argument should be specific enough to adequately support your ideas within the allotted assignment length.
It is likely that your paper will either need to challenge a text’s ideas about the future in order to explain your argument, or that you will combine ideas from multiple sources to build your own argument.
The final paper must include personal experience and two Unit 2 texts, and may also include 1-2 additional sources. These additional sources can be from Unit 1, Unit 2, or can be outside sources.
While it may not be possible for all your ideas about the future to be rooted in textual or personal evidence, the examples and support you use should be. For example, a call to action or a prediction of the future is a hypothetical idea. However, the reasons supporting the call to action would need textual or personal evidence.
NEW TYPES OF EVIDENCE.
Personal Evidence: The personal experience you include can reuse material from your Personal Narrative assignment, or you can draw on other experiences—but these experiences must be yours, and should take the form of specific examples rather than broad generalizations.
Outside Sources: If you choose to use outside sources for your Unit 2 paper, you must complete a 1-page annotated bibliography entry for each source, using the LAND template in the Unit 2 Notes module on Canvas.
Videos: Videos usually do not need any kind of in-text citation, but a brief summary of the video should be included when they’re mentioned in the paper. It is helpful to include transcribed quotes from the video as direct evidence. Videos should be cited on the Works Cited page:
McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming and Productivity.” YouTube, uploaded by Big Think, 3 July 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkdzy9bWW3E.
Personal interviews: You may conduct an interview with someone in your life that seems relevant to your argument. Quotes from the interview should be included as direct evidence in the body of the paper. Interviews should be cited on the Works Cited page:
Smith, Jane. Personal interview. 19 May 2014.
Photos: You may include images in your paper. These do not count toward the number of outside sources you are allowed to use (in other words, you could have personal experience, two Unit 2 sources, 2 additional sources, AND photos). However, the photos ALSO do not count toward the page limit of your paper (in other words, you still need to have between 3.75-5.5 pages of text when the photos are removed). Photos from external sources should be cited on the Works Cited page. (They’re typically cited using the same format as online articles.)
As with Unit 1, this paper must be able to be understood even by readers who have not read the authors you discuss. It is also important to continue asking yourself how your work is making an original contribution to the ongoing academic conversation happening in the texts we read.