Evaluations of websites that focus on a particular subject or author will be the basis for this semester's individual reports, which are worth 20 percent of your grade. There are ten topics from which to choose, and they are listed below with due dates.
Choose a Topic
Choose one of the topics below for your report. As you choose a topic, please note that the due dates have been staggered throughout the semester to coincide with the reading assignments. Do not choose a due date that will be a problem for you, because assignments that are more than one week late will receive a zero for this portion of the grade.
Sign Up for a Topic
Topic choices must be made by the end of the second week, February 8. As soon as you have made your selection, notify me by email with your choice. For the first two weeks, I will check my email twice daily. I will let you know personally by return email if you are the first one to choose that topic, and I will keep the class informed on the discussion board as topics are selected.
—can factual information be verified in print sources?
—are opinions clearly stated as such and not masquerading as facts?
—would the site be helpful if you had to write a report on this topic? How? If not, why not?
Your evaluation report should answer most but not necessarily all of the questions above. Be sure to include accurate URLs for each site. Furthermore, the report should be written as an essay with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. You may include a chart of the sites and refer to it in your essay. The criteria of the chart is your decision. Beyond that, the organization of the paper is up to you, but your report should contain both a summary of each site's contents and an evaluation of the site. You may want to divide the paper into a section on good sites and one on not-so-good sites. There is no required word count, but I anticipate that the final product will take about three to five pages.
Be sure to submit the report to me via email by the due date. The report/evaluations should be submitted as a Word attachment to the email so that I do not have trouble opening it or posting it to Canvas. Send it to me first, as I want to review the report and grade it before I post it for your classmates.