Go to the online edition of a national magazine or newspaper such as Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, or USA Today. Locate and review an article that uses different types of support.

  • Provide basic information about the article and identify the organizational pattern that was used. Include a link so your classmates can review it, name of the publication, and title of the article. Do not post the entire article.
  • List examples of a fact, opinion, expert or peer testimony, a statistic, and a comparison from the article. For one of these examples, review the “think critically” groups of questions in the reading and explain which of the questions you think are the most relevant to the article.
  • Were the materials effective or ineffective? Did they maintain credibility?
  • Is there any bias evident in the article? Did the writing include opposing viewpoints?

Points and Rubric

This discussion is worth 30 points. Refer to your Discussion Rubric for specific grading criteria. The deadline for your initial post and additional responses is Tuesday night at 11:59 p.m. ET; however, you must participate over multiple days throughout the unit to earn full credit.

Remember that your goal for discussion is three-fold:

  1. To participate actively over multiple days throughout the unit.
  2. To contribute in a way that adds to the discussion and moves it forward in an original fashion.
  3. To use the course content to inform your posts and responses.

Keep in mind that when you post, you should always reference items you cite — be sure to use APA format for this. Also, be sure to refer back to the rubric as often as you need to during the week. The class is all about sharing knowledge, so use discussions as a way of creating a community resource for yourself and your colleagues.

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