Watch the YouTube video – Evaluating Websites. This short video describes how to evaluate and compare websites you have found while doing research for your Module One essay.

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Evaluating Websites

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Before you answer the questions below, read the following about bias and point of view:

Point of view or bias reminds us that information is rarely neutral. Because data is used in selective ways to form information, it generally represents a point of view.

· Every writer wants to prove his point and will use the data and information that assists him in doing so.

· When evaluating information found on the Internet, it is important to examine who is providing the “information” you are viewing, and what might be their point of view or bias.

· If you are looking at products produced and sold by that corporation, remember: you are looking at an advertisement.

· If you are reading about a political figure at the Web site of another political party, you are reading the opposition.

· Does this document reside on the Web server of an organization that has a political or philosophical agenda?

· If you are looking for scientific information on human genetics, would you trust a political organization to provide it?

· Never assume that extremist points of view are always easy to detect. Some sites promoting these views may look educational.

· Remember that anyone can purchase an .org Website.


1. List the URL (Website address) of a source you are using for your Module One essay. After consideration, is this a good source to use in your college paper? Why or why not? Explain.

Discussion 2.1 – For Environmental Balance, Pick Up a Rifle Options Menu: Forum

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After reading “For Environmental Balance, Pick Up a Rifle” by Nicholas D. Kristof in Chapter Five of your textbook, post your answers to the following questions:

Is the slightly humorous tone of Kristof’s essay inappropriate for a discussion of deliberately killing wild animals? Why or why not?

Does Kristof make any tacit or implicit assumption* with which you disagree? With which you agree?

To what extent has Kristof convinced you?

*Definition from Wikipedia: “A tacit assumption or implicit assumption is an assumption that includes the underlying agreements or statements made in the development of a logical argument, course of action, decision, or judgment that are not explicitly voiced nor necessarily understood by the decision maker or judge. Often, these assumptions are made based on personal life experiences and are not consciously apparent in the decision-making environment. These assumptions can be the source of apparent paradoxes, misunderstandings, and resistance to change in human organizational behavior.

In order to earn the full points for this assignment, you must:

Directly and completely answer the questions.

Clearly and accurately explain your answer based on factual information.

Include examples, quotes and/or paraphrases in your answer.

Compose a unified paragraph using effective sentence structure, word choice, and grammatical correctness.

Discussion 2.2 – Analyzing a Political Cartoon Options Menu: Forum

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Read all the directions before continuing.

Go to http://www.creators.com/editorialcartoons.html

A political cartoon will appear.

For more cartoons, scroll down to select Conservative, Liberal, or View All

Once the page opens, click on a cartoon. Then you may also click on the Previous arrow to view more cartoons by the same artist.

Choose a political cartoon to analyze – Write the cartoonist’s name and the date of the cartoon as your subject. If applicable, indicate liberal or conservative.

Right-click on the cartoon and download it to your computer.

Upload the cartoon here as part of your response. Answer the following questions:

Who is the artist? Where and when was it published?

What does the cartoon look like?

How does the cartoon make its point? Is it effective?

In order to earn the full points for this assignment, you must:

Directly and completely answer the questions.

Clearly and accurately explain your answer.

Use effective sentence structure, word choice, and grammatical correctness.

DVA1.1: Visual Argument Options Menu: Forum

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Copy and paste (or attach) your visual argument that you turned in to the Dropbox here along with your list of sources and your paragraph explaining why you chose this topic. Remember to check that the image appears in your post.

D3.1: Discussion 3.1 – Cyberbullying and Expectations of Privacy on the Internet Options Menu: Forum

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Read all the directions before continuing.

Read the following:

Cyberbullying and a Student’s Suicide at


Colleges Face Legal Limits in Policing Online Misbehavior at


How should we deal with cases like the suicides of Tyler Clementi


and Phoebe Prince


“All of the Supreme Court’s student speech cases have involved speech occurring on school grounds or during school-sponsored activities. As a result, there is no clear indication of whether schools can punish cyberbullying occurring outside of a school context. The Supreme Court must confront the issue of whether a school violates a student’s free speech rights by punishing them for creating, on their own time and using their own computers, electronic material that mocks or insults school officials or classmates. Until they do, lower courts will continue to struggle with the resolution of this issue.”

From Cyberbullying


Now, answer both of the following questions:

Have you thought about your own digital footprint? Have you posted photos, videos, or comments you would like to erase? Google your name and see what comes up. What level of privacy did you expect as an Internet user?

“Do colleges and schools have any authority when students misuse electronic devices both on and off school property? If there are cases of cyberbullying involving computers, cellphones, and social-network sites like Facebook and Twitter, does an institution have a legal basis to step in? Or is it stepping on free speech?”

D3.2: Discussion 3.2 – Music as Social Protest Options Menu: Forum

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Click on one of the links below to hear/see:

Bob Dylan

Bob Marley

The Last Poets

What is your favorite song that presents a strong message for social change? Why? What is the message? Who is the artist or group? If you can, provide a link to the song on Youtube or another site.

Use the song title as your subject.

Do not select a song if another student has already selected it.

Listen to a few of your classmate’s song selections and comment.

D4.1: Discussion 4.1 – Share Advice for Creating your Narration and Completing Your Presentation Options Menu: Forum

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Here is some advice for creating a good narration:

Find a quiet room.

Try to sound natural – yes, use a script, but don’t just read it. Use it more as an outline. Add your thoughts and feelings.

Try not to ramble – stay focused. You will most likely be speaking about 75-100 words a minute.

Try smiling while you narrate. It will add warmth to your voice.

Breathe normally -don’t “gasp” between sentences.

View this helpful link to view before you begin your narrations


As you work on the Pecha Kucha project, share your experience here. Provide some advice for your classmates. Come back to this discussion forum frequently to see what your classmates have discovered.

D4.2: Discussion 4.2 – Sharing and Evaluating Presentations Options Menu: Forum

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Provide a link to your oral/visual presentation.

Watch the presentations of two of your classmates

Respond to the classmates whose presentations you watched. Evaluate their presentations based on the rubric linked to below. How would you rate the presentation? Be specific in your comments and be polite.

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D5.1: Discussion 5.1 – I Have a Dream Speech Options Menu: Forum

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Review Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech (text, http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf, and/or YouTube).

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Martin Luther King | “I Have A Dream” Speech

Duration: (17:29)

User: LogistiKHD – Added: 8/29/13

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I47Y6VHc3Ms

Answer one of the following question.

King’s highly metaphoric speech appeals to emotions. But it also offers reasons. What reasons, for instance, does King give to support his belief that African Americans should not resort to physical violence in their struggle against segregation and discrimination?

King delivered his speech in 1963, more than fifty years ago. In a well-developed paragraph, argue that the speech still is— or is not— relevant. Or write a well-developed paragraph in which you state what you take to be the “ American dream,” and argue that it now is or is not readily available to African Americans or other groups.

Discussion 5.2

Say Goodbye

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Please take a moment to say goodbye to your classmates and to me(professor).

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