Homework for the week of June 30

Here are your weekly homework assignments!

for TUESDAY July 1: Watch the video on “Columbusing” and read Dear Pharrell: Please Think Before You Put On A Headdress.  (No written response due.)

for WEDNESDAY July 2: Read the article Is Miley Cyrus’ Twerking Racist?. A draft of your Unit 2A and 2B assignments are due for Peer Review. Make sure to print both out and bring paper copies to class.

for THURSDAY July 3: Final drafts of Unit 2A and 2B assignments due! Bring in collected work in Unit 2 folder.

Class will not meet on FRIDAY July 4th. Please enjoy the long weekend! Remember to read the Unit 3 Assignment Guidelines for MONDAY July 7.


Evaluating Sources

Remember: C.R.A.A.P.

Currency = Is the article timely? When was it published? Has it been updated? Is the information to which it refers timely?  Do links on the website work? Does the site or info seem out-of-date?

Relevance = Does the information relate to your topic? Is it at an appropriate level – not too basic, not too advanced? Who is the audience?

Authority = Who is the author? What are his/her credentials? Is the author part of an organization, and if so, what are its goals? Is his/her organizational affiliation obvious? Is contact information available on the site? Is the URL a .com, .org, .gov?

Accuracy = Where does the information come from? Is there evidence on the website to support it? Can you verify the facts from other sources or from personal knowledge? Is bias evident in the language the author uses? Are there any spelling or grammar mistakes?

Purpose = What is the purpose of the website? (To inform? To entertain? To sell a product?) Do the authors/sponsors make their purpose clear? Is the information fact or opinion? Are there political, cultural, institutional or personal biases that are evident?


Example websites to evaluate:

  1. http://www.sweetsurprise.com/

  2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fructose-corn-syrup/AN01588

  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/high-fructose-corn-syrup-dangers_b_861913.html

(Adapted from Eastern Michigan University Library’s First Year Writing Instructor Guide on Evaluating Sources: http://guides.emich.edu/fywp)

Homework for the Week of June 23

Here are your weekly homework assignments!

for TUESDAY: View the slideshow Timeline: A step-by-step look at the Marissa Alexander case and read Marissa Alexander Now Faces 60 Years in Prison for Firing a Warning Shot in Self Defense. Model annotation for the article (with MLA citation) due today.

for WEDNESDAY: Draft of Unit 2A due! (Locate and create MLA citations for ten sources, write annotations for five.)

for THURSDAY: Read War On Undocumented Immigrants Threatens To Swell U.S. Prison Population. Model annotation (with MLA citation) due today.

for FRIDAY: Read As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price. Model annotation (with MLA citation) due today.

for NEXT MONDAY: Find and read an article of your choice on the World Cup and either race or class; bring in a citation. Be prepared to discuss!