This week, eighth graders in Mrs. Robin Garrett's English classes headed to the library to make use of its electronic databases while they researched a topic for their persuasive paper project. A step forward in North Cross' Writing Initiative, eighth-grade students are moving past the documentary and discussion aspect of essay writing and into the realm of persuasion in which they must discuss the pros and cons of a topic, in this case a controversial one, and ultimately make an effective argument for or against an issue. Topics might include: the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports, the nation's immigration policies, or the effects of social media on social interaction. The library makes use of several databases, one aptly named the "Issues and Controversies Database" part of the Facts on File services to which the Hancock Library subscribes, where students can explore easily the "for" and "against" sides of popular controversies as well as get credible sources for statistics and points of view. The project, which is six weeks in length, allows the students the necessary time to formulate and refine their research and arguments as they think critically on a topic.
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