Background: In Lost Connections, Johann Hari, when discussing westernized culture states that “loneliness is a product of the way we live.” His book is an exploration of current treatments for the depression and anxiety that result from this culture. In The Hacking of the American Mind, Robert Lustig also discusses the role of disconnection in rising rates of depression and anxiety, although his argument is based on the role of disconnection in addiction and the resultant effects on the brain’s neurotransmitters. This paper is a research paper, where you will have to develop your own unique argument (your thesis) and back it up with evidence from authoritative sources, scholarly articles, and peer-reviewed studies compiled through database research.
Prompt: In a thoughtful five- to seven-page essay, please respond to this prompt:
Social issues and global concerns like inequality, climate change, marginalization, political unrest, and technological progress have outpaced the human capacity to handle stress, leading to patterns of addiction, coping mechanisms, disconnection and mental illness.
Using evidence from Hari and Lustig, as well as your own research, predict how one social issue or global concern will contribute to rising rates of anxiety and depression in future generations and explore how future generations can address this epidemic. In your essay, you must incorporate support from database research, a skill we will learn and refine in these last weeks of class.
Your Works Cited page should have 8 to 10 entries, including at least four scholarly articles (Please see the page about peer-reviewed sources). Your final writing assignment is an opportunity for you to research, read, and write about a topic of your choosing, related to anxiety and depression. One good way to begin exploring is by noting what articles you have read, and/or videos you have seen that have interested you.
Components: You have three tasks in this essay:
1. You must respond to the essay assignment. Spend time clarifying your unique argument that will form the basis of your thesis statement. This is not a book report on Hari’s or Lustig’s argument. This is a research paper on a unique social issue or global concern of your choice.
2. You must use strong evidence to support your thesis. Find quotes that can stand alone without needing a lot of additional context or background knowledge. Use these quotes to back up the unique argument that you are making with your thesis statement and further support your thesis with your analysis.
3. You must incorporate evidence from your own scholarly research. We will meet with the librarian to learn more about how to do this.
Please do not use articles or sources found through a Google Search. You must use the databases linked through the Cañada College library.
Details: ➢ Use MLA format: Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, with an MLA header, page numbers, and Works Cited page, which is not included in the page number minimum.
★ As you start thinking about your essay, look at your annotations of the texts, your notes from lectures on the art of argumentation, and any handouts such as the one on Rhetorical Analysis or the How to Write an Outline Handout.
★ Planning your essay takes time. Set aside time each day to work on finding evidence, forming a thesis, outlining, drafting, and revising your essay. Remember that essays are worth 60% of your final grade.
Goals for Your Essay
❏ A clearly stated, specific thesis that answers the prompt and presents your argument
❏ A logically organized essay that includes an introduction, body paragraphs and a conclusion
❏ Developed body paragraphs that include topic sentences, direct quotes, paraphrases, explanation, and analysis
❏ Clear, concise sentences and an essay free from run-on sentences, fragments, and other grammar errors
❏ MLA Format: Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced, indented paragraphs
❏ MLA Header: Correct order: Student's name, Professor's name, Name of class, date in day month year format
Last name and page number in upper right hand corner in the header.
❏ Do you have a creative title? Unacceptable titles: Lost Connections, Depression, Depression and Connection. etc.
❏ Background information: full name of author of main source, title, and brief description of the author’s main idea.
❏ Sources are correctly punctuated. Book titles appear in italics. Sources that are articles/essays/TED Talks have their titles in quotation marks.
❏ Thesis responds directly to the prompt and “maps out” where the body paragraphs are headed.
❏ Each paragraph contains at least one Quote Sandwich.
❏ Quote Sandwiches contain:
❏ Signal phrase introducing who is saying the quote.
❏ Quote is correct. Double check word for word!
❏ MLA in-text citation included
❏ In-text citation punctuation order: end quotation marks, parentheses, author's surname and year of publication, close parentheses, period at the very end. Example: "The author wrote these words" (Hari 2019).
❏ No narrative or “I” statements appear in expository paper (including we, us, our).
❏ No second person (“you” or “your”) statements appear in expository paper.
❏ Essay has been read over OUT LOUD and revised for grammar and spelling.