Invention and Technology

Week 10 Research based Persuasive Essay

*** The week 10 essay assignment requires research via the Monroe College Library electronic databases.

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For this essay you will need to cite at least 2 sources and create a properly formatted APA Reference list at the end of the essay.


Technology: Help or Hindrance?

Invention and technology have always been an important part of changing the way one lives. Things that did not exist when your parents or grandparents were young have changed the way most people in this world live. Some of this technology has altered the lives of the average person today. There are many opinions on technology; some people love technology and other people view technology as a detriment to society. Where do you stand on the issue of technology?


Pick one of the topics listed below and conduct some research via the Monroe College Library “Newspaper Source” electronic database, and other databases, to obtain factual information to support your position. This essay should be at least 5 paragraphs in length and use APA in-text citations and a Reference list, to give credit to your sources.


Texting is considered a valuable way of communicating; some people spend too much time sending messages by phone instead of engaging in actual interpersonal conversation. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.


Online learning is convenient for students and often more effective than traditional classroom instruction. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.


The introduction of new digital technologies (e-books, e-readers/tablets) has radically altered people’s reading habits over the past ten years. In light of this change, explain why you agree or disagree with school districts and colleges decisions to use electronic textbooks.


Has this technology had a primarily positive or negative benefit? Make a choice. Use articles from the Monroe College Library “Newspaper Source” electronic database, and other databases, specific examples, and logic to support your opinion. The prompt does not give you a choice to explain both sides of the issue even though there may well be two ways to look at it.


Paragraph 1: state thesis and 3 key ideas you will discussion in the essay -5-6 sentences

Paragraphs 2,3,4 – explain each of your key ideas in each paragraph using detailed explanations and examples -each paragraph should have 6-8 sentences.

Paragraph 5: restate thesis, each of your 3 key ideas, and add a closing statement. -5-6 sentences.

Be sure to proofread carefully and include properly formatted in-text citations and a properly formatted APA formatted Reference list at the end of the essay.


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