Cell Phone Mini-essay

Should children under the age of 12 be given smart phones?

Read “Compulsive texting takes toll on teenagers” and “An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness.”

Write a two-to-three paragraph essay in which you make an argument (a claim/position supported by reasons) in response to this the question above. To receive full credit, you must:

  • State your position and reasons at the beginning (no need for an introduction)
  • Use at least two details from each of the two articles (“An Ugly Toll . . .” and “Compulsive Texting . . .”) to support your reasons.
  • Use paragraphs to organize your ideas in a logical manner.  A good approach is to offer two reasons in support of your position and dedicate one paragraph to each reason.
  • Edit your writing for clarity, spelling and grammar.