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Sarah Fadel

Mr. Farrell

9 March 2016

English Language Arts

How might drug use put a teenager’s future in danger?

Today, we argue whether drug use is one of the biggest problems in the United States because it appears

that youth undertake drugs and afterwards become addicted to it. As a result, it can put a teenager’s future in

danger by leading to memory loss, pregnancy, people mistreating you, negatively and homelessness. ​Go Ask

Alice b​ y Anonymous is based on the diary of an unnamed diarist who later becomes a drug user. She was an

innocent young fifteen-year-old girl yearning to see what life had to offer, but, unfortunately, just by

experimenting with drugs she becomes part of that drug world and puts her life at risk. So, to what extent, can

drug use put a teenager’s future in danger.

While you’re under the influence of drugs, you might be less likely to remember to have safe sex or

make responsible decisions. In other words, this unprotected sex can lead to pregnancy because you are happily

experimenting with more drugs. For example, early in the novel, she writes “ I am no longer a virgin!.... what if

I’m pregnant?”(pg 41). This illustrates that she loses her virginity to Bill while on acid and she then worries

about being impregnated. Moreover, there were times when she was unable to remember certain events because

she was using. Another example is “I’m a little worried about what actually happened. I don’t know if we were

smoking hash” (pg 76). ​Though curious, she vows not to do drugs. However, much later in her journey, the

influence of friends, depression, and insecurity led her straight back to it.

The drugs makes her become weak and confused or even pass out so that she is unable to refuse sex or

defend herself.​ ​If you are drugged, you might not remember what happened while you were drugged. For

instance, “ I remember wondering why they were getting high when they had just set us out on this wonderful

low, and it wasn’t until later that I realized that the dirty sonofabitches[expletive] had taken turns raping me and

treating us sadistically and brutally” (pg 77-88). Shortly, she realizes that Sheila and the boyfriend had raped
and brutalized them while the girls were high on heroin. This ponders the idea that this act can put someone’s

life in misery and ​put a teenager’s future in danger.

On the other hand, yes, drugs can initially have positive effects such as lifting your mood, relaxing you

or even giving you more energy. Also, taking drugs can make you feel good and look cool around your friends,

especially if they’re all using drugs, too. An example of an outside source is the ​National Institute on Drug

Abuse- The Science of Drug Abuse & Addiction ​which mentioned that ​“with stimulants such as cocaine, the

“high” is followed by feelings of power, self-confidence, and increased energy. In contrast, the euphoria caused

by opiates such as heroin is followed by feelings of relaxation and satisfaction”. ​While you’re high, it might

seem like there aren’t any consequences to your drug use, but there are. Buying drugs or trying to get the money

to buy drugs can put you at risk because it can become expensive. For example, it states,“ The garbage that goes

with drugs makes the price goddamned[expletive] high for anyone to pay”(pg 78). ​So, spending most of your

money on drugs can lead to homelessness which is what put her in that position. In addition, making, selling, or

having illegal drugs in your possession is against the law. Its also against the law to provide young kids with the

supplies of drugs. So, to make more money for drugs, she and Chris started to sell marijuana and other drugs to

kids.​ She comments “ I can't believe I've sold to eleven and twelve year olds and even nine and ten year olds”.

This crime would send her to jail, but in this case to juvenile because she is a minor.

As you can see, drug use can put a teenager’s future in danger because there are negative effects of

using drugs. The novel ​Go Ask Alice​ written by Anonymous, is presented as a diary to portray the life of a

fifteen year old girl, who somehow finds herself lost in the world of drugs. Reading through the novel helped

me understand the gist of the unbelievable ,yet true experiences and feelings we, teenagers could face in life.

The issues she opens up about are as relevant to teenagers today because nowadays drugs are an essential issue,

due to the fact that kids can get their hands on it, which can impact a person’s life. She wrote and I quote “After

you’ve had it, there isn't even life without drugs….”

Graphic Organizer
Use this as much or as little as you need to plan and draft your work.
Hook​: Wake up
your audience.
Add something
interesting,
¶1  surprising,
creative, or even
slightly
controversial
about your topic.

Circumstances​: Who is in
your story? Where are
they? Include the author’s
name and the title,
underlined.

SWBS Summary​ of your


Literature Circle Book.

Your Personal Essential


Question (PEQ)?
Drafted and revised in
class.

Claim​: Your relevant,


arguable, and interesting
answer to your personal
essential question.
This was Tuesday’s HW.

In one ​topic
sentence​, explain
¶2  one reason why
your claim is true.

Provide at least one


high-quality piece of
textual evidence​ for your
claim.

Add at least one sentence of


commentary​ to:
1) ​explain,​
2) ​clarify,​
or
3) offer an ​opinion
about your textual
evidence.

Provide another, related


high-quality piece of
textual evidence​ for your
claim.

Add at least one sentence of


commentary​ to:
1) ​explain,​
2) ​clarify,​
or
3) offer an ​opinion
about your textual
evidence.

Concluding sentence: ​What


did you just prove​?

In one ​topic
sentence​, explain
¶3   another reason
why your claim is
true.

Provide at least one


high-quality piece of
textual evidence​ for your
claim.

Add at least one sentence of


commentary​ to:
1) ​explain,​
2) ​clarify​,
or
3) offer an ​opinion
about your textual
evidence. 

Provide another, related


high-quality piece of
textual evidence​ for your
claim. 

Add at least one sentence of


commentary​ to:
1) ​explain,​
2) ​clarify​,
or
3) offer an ​opinion
about your textual
evidence. 

Concluding sentence: ​What


did you just prove​? 

In one ​topic
sentence​, explain
how others may
¶4   disagree with you
(this is your
counterclaim).

Provide at least one


high-quality piece of
textual evidence​ for others’
counterclaim.
Help with counterclaims:
http://goo.gl/nV5XEJ  
Add at least one sentence of
commentary​ to:
1) ​explain,​
2) ​clarify​,
or
3) offer an ​opinion
about that textual evidence. 

Offer a ​rebuttal​, explaining


why your original claim is
more valid than this
counterclaim. Try to use
textual evidence.
Help with rebuttals:
http://goo.gl/nV5XEJ  
Add at least one sentence of
commentary​ to:
1) ​explain,​
2) ​clarify​,
or
3) offer an ​opinion
about your textual
evidence. 

Concluding sentence: ​What


did you just prove​? 

Restate your
claim in slightly
¶5   different words.
Help with conclusions:
http://goo.gl/5qJ3Xh
Offer a piece of ​personal
feedback​ as to why you
believe your claim is true. 

Add a ​concluding thought


for your reader to consider.
A concluding thought might
teach the reader something
new, leave them thinking
about something, or answer
the question, “​so what?​”
Help with conclusions:
http://goo.gl/5qJ3Xh 
TASK RUBRIC

Learning Goals 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 0.0

PROBLEM I can create an I can select a


FORMULATION: original Personal I can create an Personal
With help, I can Even with help, I
Formulates testable, Essential original Personal Essential
researchable, and select (or create) cannot select or
Question (PEQ), Essential Question (PEQ)
relevant questions, and answer a answer a
take a position, Question (PEQ) and describe the
problem statements, or Personal Personal
hypotheses that and justify that and develop an relationship
Essential Essential
demonstrate clarity position as the argument in between my
about the nature of the Question (PEQ). Question (PEQ).
best amongst response. selected topics
task.
other positions. and themes.
RESEARCH:
Collects information and I can investigate
data necessary to solve outside sources I can classify With help, I can Even with help, I
the problem as I can identify
for relevant textual evidence identify textual cannot identify
formulated, drawing textual evidence
textual evidence as support for evidence as textual evidence
evidence from as support for my
informational texts, to support claims claims and support for my as support for
claim.
conducting an counterclaims, counterclaims. claim. my claim.
investigation, or and rebuttals.
generating data.

I can accurately
I can accurately
analyze and use Even with help, I
INTERPRETATION: analyze and use With help, I can
Synthesizes multiple relevant and I can use relevant cannot use
relevant and use relevant
sources of data to sufficient direct direct evidence to relevant direct
support a claim, solve a sufficient direct direct evidence
and inferential answer my evidence to
problem, or answer a evidence to to answer my
evidence to question. answer my
question. answer my question.
answer my question.
question.
question.

I can introduce
and establish
clear I can introduce
relationships and order ideas Even with help, I
I can introduce With help, I can
COMMUNICATION: among ideas and and information cannot introduce
Incorporates ideas and and groups ideas introduce and
information within within and across and groups
supporting evidence and information groups ideas
and across paragraphs and ideas and
purposefully using through a basic and information
structures that paragraphs and use transitions in information
use of paragraph through a basic
demonstrate the line of use transitions in a way that allows through a basic
structure and use of paragraph
reasoning. a way that the audience to use of paragraph
transitions. structure.
clarifies the follow the structure.
reasoning and argument.
logic of the
argument.

I can submit a I can submit a


PRECISION: final product that final product that I can submit a
Assures that the final With help, I can
product meets all meets or exceeds meets all ELA final product that
submit a final Even with help, I
discipline-specific all ELA standards standards for attempts all ELA
standards for language, product that cannot submit a
for language, language, standards for
terms, expressions, attempts ELA final product.
academic academic language and
rules, terminology, and standards.
conventions. vocabulary, and vocabulary, and conventions.
conventions. conventions.
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