NON-FICTION LESSON: This multi-day unit challenges students to explore the possible disadvantages of their connected lives when it comes to learning. They will read, view, discuss and debate as they critically evaluate the ideas presented to them. Then, they will use what they have learned to do a writing assignment that requires them to synthesize the ideas presented to them, to embed quotations from the texts, and to present their own conclusions in a clear, well-written assignment. I have included two options and rubrics for this assignment. This portion of the unit could be omitted, if you just want to use the texts for discussion.
Links are provided to a short story by Isaac Asimov as well as to three articles. The story serves as a spring board into the discussion about the problems associated with our obsession with technology. The zip file also includes a PDF slide show to guide your discussion.
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