Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vocabulary for Tuesday, November 3, 2009


*Spelling corrected

Reading assignment for Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"A Lexicon of Death"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Reading for Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Gun Control's Twisted Outcome"

Works Cited exercise

Use guidelines in Patterns and LBH to develop a Works Cited page from the following sources.

The World Health Report 2007,8816,1931595,00.html

"Revolutionary Elite in the Periphery"

Finding Common Ground

Research paper help--H1N1

For those of you wanting to write on H1N1 but having trouble developing a strong position for argumentation, here is a collection of links to a few articles that might help you in that process:

Remember, simply describing or explaining public health responses to H1N1 does not constitute an argumentative essay. For your research paper you need to take a stand on a debatable issue and argue in favor of it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Questions to ask in evaluating web sources

  • Who is the author of the article?
  • Is the author writing as an advocate of a particular position or ostensibly writing as an impartial reporter?
  • Is the author expressing only his or her opinions or that of an organization, publication, or website?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic at hand?
  • Does the author have known biases?
  • Does the author have a reputation for telling the truth?
  • What is the parent website?
  • What organization is behind the website?
  • Does that organization take an official position on the issue at hand?
  • If so, what is that position?
  • Whatever the organization’s position or values, is its work reputable and trustworthy?
  • If the website is the work of a single author, is that author a legitimate authority in the field under consideration?
  • Is the article in question a primary or secondary source?
  • Does the article cite sources for information?
  • If so, do these sources appear to be valid for the subject at hand?
  • If the article purports to be an unbiased treatment, are both sides of the issue treated fairly?
  • If the article takes a position on an issue, does it acknowledge and interact fairly with opposing views?
  • Does the article deal with a broad enough subject to be of more than anecdotal value?

Exercise on evaluating web sources

Campus Speech
"Bucknell University Slams Door on Student Satires of Obama Stimulus Plan, Affirmative Action"
"The Price of Free Speech: Campus Hate Speech Codes"

Guantanamo Bay
Close Guantanamo and End Military Commissions
"Don't close Guantanamo until terror war ends: Cheney"
"Obama to order Guantanamo Bay prison closed"
"Poll: Don't Close Guantanamo Bay"
"Don't Close It"

Health Care Reform
"Health Care Bill of Rights for Seniors"
Health Reform
"10 Health Care Reform Myths"
"The President's Plan"
"The Truth About Health-Care Reform and Abortion"

Responses to H1N1
"CDC: 'Encouraging Signs' H1N1 Less Deadly Than Past Pandemics"
"H1N1 Panic Abates"
"How Deadly is the H1N1 Virus?"
"Take H1N1 Seriously"
"Use of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) vaccines"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

No class Tuesday

I think I have flu and will not be in class Tuesday. I had thought about giving you an online assignment. But I need rest, and why don't you get some rest, too? I expect to be well and to see you again Thursday.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Vocabulary for Tuesday, 10/6/09 quiz