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Kelli Brubaker

Ms. Wilson

English II Honors

May 10th, 2019

The Muddles of My Generation

Teenagers of the 21st century deal with many burdens and troubles. Kids are faced with many

more challenges and much more pressure than individuals used to be. One of the larger issues is

social media, the new trend amongst generation-z and millenials. Social media has an effect on

teenagers all over the world whether it is negative or positive. People struggle with this because

it creates low self esteem and anxiety amongst individuals due to others appearances or

comments. This issue needs to be addressed because it is causing poor mental health among our

society. Rates have been shown in the United States that more hate crimes and unlawful actions

have taken place since social media has become accessible.

An issue I have identified is that “kids are growing up with more anxiety and less self esteem”

(Rachel Ehmke)) as the article states. Research has been shown that 14-24 year olds took a

survey and feel as if their mental health has been impacted negatively as well as their well being.

Popular social media platforms have caused this downfall. The very apps teenagers have access

to cause people to feel unworthy or unconfident in their own image because of how higher

individuals express themselves. My article states, “Experts worry that the social media and text

messages that have become so integral to teenage life are promoting anxiety and lowering self

esteem.”(Rachel Ehmke) Also, in this article some of the best solutions identified were for
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parents not to set this example for their kids or show that is ok for their kids to be so connected

to their phone. Healthy uses should be soon and children should not always view their parents

looking over a screen many hours of the day. I feel as if another solution would be for a child to

let their guardian in. This is up to the parent not to scold their child when mistakes happen,

teenagers should be able to discuss things more openly with their parents instead of feeling

restricted. Parents always set the biggest example for children on whether it is ok to sit over a

screen for long periods of time. The parents of our generation set many examples for teens

whether it is good or bad.

Teenagers have spoken, and they say social media has caused much pressure and unwanted

drama. Amongst teenagers peers and friends, drama is often an issue behind a screen. Teenagers

have access to daily apps such as SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter and more. It is easy for confusion

or unwanted drama to be caused through the media. It is not always cyber bullying taking place,

it is also the troubles that teens face on a device that happens within their circle. In my article

surveys were taken that say, “ 45% of teens feel overwhelmed by drama, with 13% saying they

feel this way often.” (Anderson, Monica)This shows that the media being handed to us has many

negative effects. More numbers in the article submitted that they have to unfollow or unfriend

peers, as well as reports of seeing others bullied or themselves. Individuals should begin to keep

their private lives off of social media and only post things that they are comfortable with the

whole world seeing if they use media. People should worry less about their appearance or how

others feel and be themselves. Everyone in our age group go through similar challenges and it

should not be expressed or taken out on our peers.


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More studies by different fields have identified that there is a rise of depression and feelings

of sadness within teens. My article quotes, “More depression and suicidal thoughts over the past

several years for teens, especially those who spend hours with screen time, and especially girls.”

(“Social Media and Teen Anxiety.”) This is a fatal problem because more experts have identified

sleeplessness, loneliness, and dependence on technology. The article states, “​a rise that coincides

with the release of the first iPhone 10 years ago. One ​study​ found that 48 percent of teens who

spend five hours per day on an electronic device have at least one suicide risk factor, compared

to 33 percent of teens who spend two hours a day on an electronic device. “(​“Social Media and

Teen Anxiety.”) ​ Teenagers are struggling with this issue but do not want to detach themselves

due to the positives it does make them feel. From the research, I believe teenagers suffer more

negatives than positives from the overuse of social media. Parents should really begin to help

more with digital support. If kids seem irritable or upset teenagers should talk with their parents

about digital situations as well as real life.

The bigger issue is that our entire world is suffering from this uprise. Social Media is only

growing and teenagers around the world are developing sadness and poor mental health.

Individuals are so in tune with screen time rather than having peers amongst them. I believe

people should come together to have generation-z work to become more in tune with reality. The

biggest solution is to get off of media and jump into communication with peers. In real life kids

are able to do more and have a better mental health within society.
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Works Cited

Anderson, Monica, et al. “Teens' Social Media Habits and Experiences.” ​Pew Research Center:

Internet, Science & Tech​, Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech, 7 Jan.

2019, ​www.pewinternet.org/2018/11/28/teens-social-media-habits-and-experiences/​.

Ehmke, Rachel, and Child Mind Institute. “How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers.” ​Child

Mind Institute​,. childmind.org/article/how-using-social-media-affects-teenagers/

“Social Media and Teen Anxiety.” ​Harvard Graduate School of Education​,

www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/17/12/social-media-and-teen-anxiety.

Problem-Solution Essay (Honors)

Score: /50
W.9-10.2.​ Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately
through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Standard Exceptional (10-9) Proficient (8-7) Emerging Not Evident
(6-1) (0)
2.a.​ ​Introduction​ - ❏ Write an introduction that is clear, ❏ Write an introduction that is
Introduce a topic; focused, and concise and that clear, focused, and concise
organize complex creatively hooks the reader ❏ Provide context to your topic
❏ Provide ​detailed​ context to your topic ❏ Present a thesis that presents
ideas, concepts, and
that aids the reader in their an opinion on a topic
information to make understanding ❏ Establish an appropriate
important ❏ Present a thesis that presents a ​clear organization to illustrate the
connections and opinion on a ​narrow​ topic. problem solution element of
distinctions; include ❏ Establish​ an effective and the essay
formatting (e.g., sophisticated ​organization to
headings), graphics illustrate the problem solution
element of the essay
(e.g., figures, tables),
and multimedia when
useful to aiding
comprehension.
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2.b.​ ​Argument​ - ❏ Use ​effective, highly relevant​, and ❏ Use appropriate, relevant, and
Develop the topic sufficient evidence ​consistently ​that sufficient evidence with an
with well-chosen, is appropriate to a understanding of understanding of the
the audience’s knowledge audience’s knowledge
relevant, and
❏ Use ​textual evidence​ to support your ❏ Use textual evidence; introduce
sufficient facts, argument; provide ​relevant​ and textual evidence
extended definitions, sufficient​ introductions to your ❏ Provide explanations for
concrete details, textual evidence. evidence
quotations, or other ❏ Provide ​clear​ ​and logical​ explanations ❏ Use appropriate formatting,
information and that connect the evidence to the graphics, and/or multimedia
examples appropriate main idea of the essay that is appropriately aligned
❏ Use formatting, graphics, and/or with the text (if applicable)
to the audience’s
multimedia ​effectively to​ ​enhance
knowledge of the the text (if applicable)
topic.

2.c​. ​Organization​ - ❏ Use ​effective ​transitions ​consistently ❏ Use appropriate transitions


Use appropriate and between and within paragraphs to between and within
varied transitions to link major sections of the text, to paragraphs to link ideas and to
create unity and cohesion, ​and to create unity and cohesion
link the major
create the problem solution pattern ❏ Organize sentences and
sections of the text, of organization of the essay paragraphs in a logical manner
create cohesion, and ❏ Organize sentences and paragraphs in
clarify the a logical manner that promotes unity
relationships among and focus​ throughout the essay.
complex ideas and
concepts.

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2.d.​ ​Language​ - ​Use ❏ Use precise and language and domain ❏ Use precise language and
precise language and specific vocabulary ​consistently ​to domain specific vocabulary to
domain-specific manage the complexity of the topic manage the complexity of the
❏ Use ​effective ​word choice and syntax topic
vocabulary to
consistently ​to establish and maintain ❏ Use appropriate word choice
manage the a formal style and objective tone and syntax to
complexity of the ❏ Avoid repetition, redundancy, and ❏ establish a formal style and
topic. wordiness to create a ​concise and objective tone that is
2.e.​ ​Language​ - focused​ argument maintained throughout
Establish and ❏ Avoid repetition, redundancy,
maintain a formal and wordiness
style and objective
tone while attending
to the norms and
conventions of the
discipline in which
they are writing.

2.f.​ ​Conclusion​ - ❏ Summarize the main points ​using ❏ Summarize the main points
Provide a concluding original language and clear ❏ Address implications or
statement or section organization significance
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that follows from and ❏ Articulate a ​extension ​that addresses
supports the the implications or significance in a
information way that ​relates to the audience
or explanation
presented (e.g.,
articulating
implications or the
significance of the
topic).

MLA Style & Formatting Rubric

Requirements Your Score

MLA Style Heading and Page Numbers (2 pts.)


❏ The document has a heading including the author’s name, the
teacher’s name, the class and the date 1.5/2
❏ The document has page numbers in the top right of the page with
the author’s last name

Margins, Font, Spacing (2 pts.)


❏ The author uses 12-pt Times New Roman font 1.5/2
❏ The author uses double spacing throughout

In-Text Citations (3 pts.)


❏ The writer includes parenthetical citations after each
quotation/paraphrase from an outside source 2/3
❏ The citation includes the author or article name and page number
(if any)
❏ The citation is punctuated correctly

Example 1: “This is a fake quotation” (Wilson 1).


Example 2: “This is a fake quotation” (“Article Name” 1).

Works Cited Page (3 pts.)


❏ The author includes a Works Cited Page
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❏ The items in the Works Cited listed are given in alphabetical 3/3
order by the author’s last name
❏ The Works Cited page is formatted correctly: 12 pt Times New
Roman, double-spaced, left justification (DO NOT CENTER
YOUR WORKS CITED PAGE)

Total MLA Score:

8/10