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Monday, July 1, 2013

3:15 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

WR 122 Stewart *mt

50 minutes of instruction time requested.

Students will choose a controversial topic and present three different points of view on the topic including who commonly holds that point of view. The topic should be based on current events. This assignment is the first step in writing a longer, researched argument paper that expresses the student's point of view. For this paper, all three points of view should be presented objectively. Also, the paper is only two pages long.

For example: "Should the sale of assault weapons be banned?" One point of view could be the NRA, another could be a victims' rights organization, another could be the Obama administration. The points of view don't necessarily need to be "opposite," just different from each other.

Another example: "Should Google be allowed to collect private communications and searches?" One point of view could be Google, another could be the ACLU,another could be Edward Snowden's. The points of view could be a recognized
organization's or an individuals'.
Upload class assignment and other relevant documents:
What are your learning outcomes for this session?
Deveop a search strategy based on their research topic.
Construct a query for magazine and newspaper articles.
Construct an web query for current event topics beyond just "Google."

Other notes:
I would like the class to be able to research in the library after the

I would like to forward the assignment after I have had a chance to reread and possibly update it. May I submit it next week?

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