In general, this was a really strong round of essays, so great work. I do have a couple things for you to keep in mind for next time, though.
Next, I want to move into our second unit. For this portion, you’re going to select an issue from the list below. We’ll then be focusing a lot on how to find credible sources. The unit will culminate in your final essay, which will be due July 28th. For Sunday, July 9th, I want you to pick an issue you think you’d like to explore in a full essay. Consider the list below, and then write a response that says which issue you plan to pick and why you think it’s interesting.
Police brutality/profiling – How could their training be different?
Representation in pop culture – How could we, as consumers, help to make the media landscape more diverse? Why is it problematic when we don’t see diversity in popular culture?
Tuition and student loans – How could college become more affordable? What would the government (state, federal, or both) need to do? Is free college tuition a good idea?
The electoral college – What are the problems of this system? Why do we have it? How could we change it?
Moving away from oil – What is a plausible and cost-effective way we could move beyond a system that revolves around this fuel?
In addition to that response, I want you to read the following article about source credibility very closely. Fake news and source credibility has morphed into a huge issue that we face today, making it particularly important to know how to find reliable information and conduct research online. Right off the bat, I want to make sure that you don’t use Wikipedia as a source in your essays. Wikipedia is a good tool to learn about something, but it should be treated as a starting point in your research and not a source in itself. One way to use it is to look at the information and then use the references section at the bottom to find actual sources.
Here’s the article: https://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/web-eval-sites.htm