Essay

Cellphone Should be Allowed in School

            Cellphones are modernizing our world as we know it. Even if it is social media, to educational apps or mobile gaming, cellphones are everywhere. Some say cellphones should be allowed in school while others oppose. Cellphones should be allowed in school because it can be used as a learning tool, a reward after hard work, and most of all, it can be used in emergencies.

           One reason cellphones should be allowed in school is because it can be used as a learning tool. Children ages 5 – 7 who used a app called Martha Speaks increased their vocabulary by at least 39% (PBS). The Education Department, along with Federal Communications Commissions, called for all American classrooms to adopt digital textbooks by 2017. This shows that cellphones can download educational apps for free and customize your learning. Although, some may think that using phones for math and reading has not paid off. However, they should be allowed because they can practice math and reading wherever they go.

         Another reason why cellphones should be allowed in school is because they can used as a reward after hard work. On February 16, 2018, I finished my math work early and got a one-hundred. After that, I was allowed to play on my cellphone. This helped me feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and gave me a sense of accomplishment. This proves that cellphones can be used as a bait to help students accelerate in learning.

         The most important reason cellphones should be allowed in school is because it can be used in case of emergency. When I was in 4th grade and a snowstorm hit, we were released early. My friends who had phones called their parents. I did not have a phone, so I went to a friend’s house. Today if we were released early, I could contact my parents. This shows that cellphones can be used in case of emergencies.

         In conclusion, cellphones can be used in many different ways. It can teach children important things and lessons, and also show them how to use it wisely. 

Instruction and learning objective:

This lesson was a part of an Argumentative Writing workshop, which was executed in three parts. Students were first introduced to the essay format and its basic components like claim and counterclaim. Then, they were asked to read and analyze two essay samples. In the third class, they were required to write a 5-paragraph essay using a graphic organizer.  

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Anurag Sarkar - 8th grade

Anurag has a creative mind, likes trying new lessons, and uses class time constructively. One of his best qualities is his ability to think outside the box and experiment with complex ideas and thought processes. Because of clear thinking, focus, and concentration, he shows improvement in every class.