Discuss the cause and effect relationship between illiteracy and American attitudes, values and/or circumstances.

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All the requirements are included in the attachment below. Six paragraphs essay.

As for the quotes from assigned reading, these are the link:

Stag-Masey “The Myth of Multi-tasking: Four Remedies for Divided Attention”


Miller “My Lazy American Students” http://archive.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_op...

Jaschik, Scott “Are American Students Lazy?” https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/01/04/mil...

Do Something.org “11 Facts about Literacy in America” https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11- facts-about-literacy-america

please select two quotes from two different assigned reading and one quote from outside sources.

Please attach an outline that meet the requirements ( the file attach bellow)

The outline needs to include the thesis statement, topics sentences from 4 body paragraphs. 2 words for supporting ideas.

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IN-CLASS CAUSE AND EFFECT ESSAY –211 SPR 2018 PROMPT: Discuss the cause and effect relationship between illiteracy and American attitudes, values and/or circumstances. You may also discuss in your paper the effects of illiteracy on America, but you must first explain what caused America to be 16th out of 23 for illiteracy (Rogers). After you explain the causes of illiteracy, you can discuss the effects of illiteracy on individuals and/or America. THE OUTLINE FOR THE IN-CLASS o COMPLETE SENTENCES ONLY FOR THESIS AND QUOTES o TWO WORDS FOR TOPIC SENTENCES AND SUPPORTING IDEAS Any outline submitted to me for review or help must have complete sentences at the topic sentences, otherwise it is incomplete. The outline for the in-class must follow the above rules. Your thesis and topic sentences should be stated as cause and effect statements. REQUIREMENTS o Double-space (skip lines) o Underline your thesis o Underline your topic sentences o Use appropriate transitional words or phrases o Use appropriate verbs (create, cause, produce, etc.) o Use at least three quotes from three different sources (2 assigned; 1 researched). o You should have a minimum of four body paragraphs (six paragraphs altogether). o Cite sources (Author’s name pg#) o Works Cited page (print before the day of the in-class essay). CAUSE EFFECT Addition: also, again, as well as, besides, coupled with, furthermore, in addition, likewise, moreover, similarly Consequence: accordingly, as a result, consequently, for this reason, for this purpose, hence, otherwise, so then, subsequently, therefore, thus, thereupon, wherefore Emphasis above all, chiefly, with attention to, especially, particularly, singularly Generalizing: as a rule, as usual, for the most part, generally, generally speaking, ordinarily, usually THESIS: FIRST BODY PARAGRAPH SUPPORTING IDEAS A B C SECOND BODY PARAGRAPH SUPPORTING IDEAS A B C THIRD BODY PARAGRAPH SUPPORTING IDEAS A B C FOURTH BODY PARAGRAPH SUPPORTING IDEAS A B C
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Discuss the cause and effect relationship between illiteracy and American attitudes, values,
and/or circumstances
Illiteracy is a major problem in the United States, where about 23% - 40 to 44 million
adults are illiterate (Readwritenm.org). Illiteracy is the United States is mainly fueled by the poor
societal beliefs and value for education (Kozol 37). Education and literacy gain mainly requires
long-term commitment and dedication, values that are lacking among United States children.
This scenario starts quite early in the educational journey of students, who find themselves not
giving enough or staying focused to seek education and learning (Kozol 42). Illiteracy is a major
problem in the United States and is caused by poor time management and multitasking during
learning sessions, which leads to poor work ethics among employees as well as low economic
growth by the country.
The first cause of illiteracy in the United States is poor time management (Miller). Poor
time management causes students to fall behind in class work. According to Miller, a high school
teacher, she has had many encounters with students that do not do their assignments and tasks on
time but promise to catch up so that they are not left behind. After she agrees to their pleas,
nothing changes and their lazy lifestyles and adherence to school demands continues. She states:
A few weeks later, I would conduct a nearly identical conversation with two other
students. And, again, there would be no tangible result: No make-up papers. No
change in effort. No improvement in time management (Miller).
Poor time management also leads to students failing to attend all class activities. The failure to
attend all class activities makes them lag behind on many things, leading to their illiteracy on the
core competencies of the school curriculum (Miller). This makes them passive students in the
school curriculum, finally graduating as illiterate students. Poor time management causes
students to feel left behind in class, which leads to high dropout rates. Once a student lags behind
on most of the class activities, they tend to give up and despair in their educational quest. The
continued desperation due to poor performance finally leads to them dropping out of school
(Kozol 44). This causes many students to leave the school system without any meaningful or
rewarding work skills, hence being termed as illiterate.
According to (Stagg-Macey), multitasking is another core cause of illiteracy in the United
States. The United States culture is shaped by capitalism, which calls for multitasking and
juggling of many activities at the same time. When embraced in the classroom, this culture leads
to no gains in class work. Multitasking including the use of the phones, personal computers, and
other activities during class sessions leads to students failing to capture the core class
requirements and learning outcomes. This leads to poor performance and illiteracy in the end
(Kozol 47). Apart from that, multitasking leads to students’ attention being drawn to other
activities apart from class work, which leads to illiteracy. When students mix educational
activities with other activities such as economic activities and other non-school activities, they
tend to capture minimal of class content and requirements. This eventually leads to illiteracy at
the end of the learning periods.
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