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swimfree0412 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 2, 2012 at 8:21 PM via web

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What is a great topic sentence for a persuasive paper of whether or not technology should be used in schools?

I am against having technology in schools. It has caused severe debt in one school district from Arizona, and the students test scores are falling because they don't truly focus on the assignment, they goof of on You tube, and Tumblr.

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM (Answer #2)

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Is this your topic sentence?  It is actually two sentences.  I suggest shortening it a bit.  Your topic sentence should focus on making your argument in the clearest, strongest way possible.  Instead of simply saying you are against technology in schools, be specific.  After all, even an overhead projector or a television is technology.  What you are referring to is the internet, I think.  You do not want students to have unrestricted access to the internet in class.  So be specific in your topic sentence.

Students should not have unrestricted access to the internet during class because it is disruptive to the learning environment.

Then you will go on to explain your reasons.  Students might watch YouTube videos of piano-playing cats instead of the Japanese Internment Camp video they are supposed to be watching.  Students might check their email when the teacher is lecturing.  This is where you list your reasons.

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swimfree0412 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM (Answer #3)

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This was not my topic sentence, I was simply giving more information on where I stood on this subject. Thank you very much! 

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swimfree0412 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM (Answer #4)

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I actually meant that things like laptops, iPods, iPhones, iPads, etc. should be allowed in schools. If older generations could make it this far without computers and such, I'm pretty sure we can too. 

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