The following TWO TASKS are meant to help you come to a deeper understanding of true and genuine happiness in the 21st century.
Take a look at the following list of questions:
- Does Facebook and other social media make people happier?
- Do drugs and alcohol make people happier?
- Is happiness the same for all people at all times?
- How does history and social movements change our understanding of happiness?
- Are there parts of happiness (e.g. Friendship) that will never change no matter what?
- Is protecting the environment important to happiness?
- Is buying cool stuff important to happiness?
- Is the way we use language and communicate important to our happiness?
- Is happiness an individual or collective phenomenon?
- Can whole societies be happy? Is this ever dangerous?
- What does M.T. Anderson’s novel Feed teach us about happiness in the 21st century?
1. INDIVIDUAL TASK
You will each write a 2-3 page argumentative paper on one of the topics above or a specific topic of your choice (clear with me first) that relates to happiness in the 21st century.
You will take a position on one of the questions above and then draft, write, and revise an persuasive essay that supports your positions with reasons, and supports your reasoning with evidence.
You may also write an extended definition essay where you (1) define what happiness is and (2) defend why your definition is right, helpful, or insightful.
Because you will be writing an argumentative, persuasive essay, you will need a clear thesis, supporting reasons, and evidence to support your reasoning. You must cite all of your sources!
2. GROUP TASK
In your literature circle groups, you will create a five minute Ignite Show multimedia presentation using Google Slideshow.
To do this, you will have 5 minutes to present a slideshow of 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. The motto of the Ignite show is "Enlighten us, but make it quick!" Here is an example called "Fighting Dirty in Scrabble".
Your group slideshow should presents your research on happiness in the 21st century. To help you with this task, you will each choose a different role--philosopher, artist, social scientist, futurist, social media specialist--in order. You must relate your findings to Feed and use at least 3 specific references to the text (include page numbers).