Digital Immigrant Interviews

Digital Immigrant Interviews

Interview Partner Share


In pairs, share the responses you recorded from your interview with a Digital Immigrant.

  • Be sure to make a note of any part of your partner’s interview that might provide personal evidence for your argument paper.
  • You might want to integrate some parts of these interviews into your museum exhibits, so take careful notes.

Open Notebook

Museum Exhibit Teams

Work Time

Back in your museum exhibit teams, share the most interesting things you learned in your conversations about the Digital Immigrant interviews.

  • Be sure to record any additional evidence you hear that might be useful for your argument paper.
  • Think about whether any of the material from the interviews might be interesting to integrate into your museum exhibit.
    • Would it be helpful to re-interview any of the Digital Immigrants to capture video for the exhibit?

Open Notebook

Digital Native vs. Digital Immigrant

Work Time

Read and annotate the article, “Digital Native vs. Digital Immigrant? Which Are You?” by Thomas G. Plante.

Take quotations from Plante’s article to answer the same questions you posed during your interviews:

  • What technology makes him the most uneasy? Why?
  • What is the most unfamiliar or disturbing thing he sees young Digital Natives do with their technology?
  • Does he wish he could go back to a time when people didn’t use technology to connect socially? Why or why not?
  • Why does he feel younger people have an advantage in adapting to new technology?

Open Notebook

Argument Essay Introductions

Work Time

Now it’s time to take your evolving perspective and return to the process of developing an excellent argument essay. In your workshop pair, read the two sample introductions provided and discuss how well they accomplish the purpose of an introduction.

  • Do they have a smooth introduction to the topic?
  • Do they begin with an interesting perspective and not a cheesy hook or a bland, general statement?
  • Do they have an appropriate level of formality?
  • Do they each have a thesis that is specific and challenging?

Peer Feedback


Now read your partner’s introduction while he or she reads yours. Then make notes and give positive feedback about the specific ways your partner’s writing is meeting the goals of an excellent introduction.

  • A smooth introduction to the topic—not a cheesy hook or a bland, general statement.
  • An appropriate level of formality.
  • A thesis that is specific, challenging, and based on evidence the paper will provide and analyze.

Open Notebook

Review the Unit Accomplishments in Lesson 3 if that helps you keep the purpose of the essay clear in your mind.

Share your notes with your partner.

Introduction Revision


  • Revise your introduction based on the feedback you received today, and continue work on your body paragraphs.