Thinking Critically About Websites and Global Issues: Prejudice and Discriminati
Thinking Critically About Websites and Global Issues: Prejudice and Discrimination The World Wide Web is a wonderful resource if you’re looking for the latest information on almost any topic; however, because anyone can post to the Web, the quality of that information can vary tremendously. This assignment will give you the chance to critically evaluate two different Web pages as you also explore an important global issue. Step 1: Visit the Web page below. It will give you detailed information about how to critically evaluate Web resources you might encounter while you’re doing research. Read through the information then print it out for use in Steps 3 and 4: Step 2: Explore two of the following sites: one from Group A and one from Group B. Group A a. b. c. Group B a. b. c. Step 3: Answer the following questions: a. In Step 1 you learned the important criteria for critically evaluating a Web page. Keeping that information in mind, answer the following questions about the two Web pages you chose in Step 2 (one from Group A and one from Group B). 1. Purpose: What is the purpose of the website? Why was the page created? Was it to: inform; entertain; share information; advertise/sell a product or service; influence views, beliefs, elections; provide up-to-the-moment news; or for personal enjoyment? 2. Sponsor/Owner: On what type of Internet provider or organization does the page reside? Government agency (.gov); educational (.edu); business/company (.com); association (.org); entertainment (.com); news bureau (.com); or a personal website (.com)? 3. Organization and Content: Is the page well organized and easy to navigate? Is the information easy to find? Is the text well written (good grammar, no spelling mistakes, etc.)? Are the links relevant and appropriate/worthwhile? 4. Bias - Political or Issue Stance: (of the author or sponsor) Some Web pages have an inherent bias that will impact everything that appears on them. Is the website associated with a particular political group; religious group; business selling a product; or something/someone else altogether? 5. Date of Production/Revision: When was the web page created? When was it last revised? How up-to-date are the links? Are the links still active (when you click on them they’re connected to more information)? 6. Authority/author: Who is responsible for the page? Is the author an expert in this field or otherwise qualified to provide this information? Does the author provide contact information, such as an e-mail address or phone number, in case you want to contact him/her? 7. What type of site is it? Is it a Website-only page; journal article; government source; presentation given at a workshop or conference; blog; or wiki? 8. Audience: To what type of reader is the Web page directed? Is the page for: general readers; students (elementary, high school, college, graduate); professionals; or researchers and scholars? 9. Coverage: Does the Web page thoroughly cover the topic, partially cover it, or is it just a brief overview? What, if anything is missing from the website? 10. Data: What type of data (numbers, tables, graphs, etc.), are provided on the Web page? Do both Web pages provide the same data? Or are there differences? Explain your answer. (Source: b. Which of the two Web pages would you recommend that a student use for preparing a speech or research paper about the topic? Explain your answer? c. How can you get involved and/or share the information you’ve learned with others? STEP 3.a, b and c = 100 POINTS. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ABOVE FROM a. FOR EACH WEBSITE YOUR CHOSE. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS FROM b. AND c. PUT ALL OF THESE ANSWERS IN A SEPARATE WORD DOCUMENT. YOU CAN COPY AND PASTE THE QUESTIONS INTO A NEW DOCUMENT AND ANSWER THEM. THAT IS THE EASIEST WAY.   Step 4: Now that you’ve critically evaluated both Web pages, construct a 500+ word essay that summarizes your conclusions. The guidelines below should help you construct your essay. Type your paper using APA-style: 1” margins on all sides, 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font; page number and running head in the upper right corner; double spaced and black ink only. a. Cover Page/Title Page: be sure to include the title of your essay; your name; the course name and section number; my name (spelled correctly); and the due date. b. Introduction: give the title for each Web page you chose, briefly explain the purpose for writing the essay, and then summarize your answer to Step 3, letter b. c. Body: Summarize what you found at both of the Web pages you chose (the type of information provided by each), then evaluate each site using the answers you gave for Step 3, letter a. Be sure to include the answers for all 10 of the questions! d. Conclusion: Restate the purpose for writing the essay, and then give a brief summary of your answers to Step 3 letters b and c. e. Reference Page: be sure to give credit to both of the Web pages you chose for this essay, along with the Web page from Step 1. STEP 4 (THE ACTUAL WRITTEN PAPER) = 100 POINTS ATTACH THE PAPER AS A SEPARATE WORD DOCUMENT. ALL OF THE ANSWERS FROM STEP 3 – a, b, and c NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PAPER. YOU ARE TURNING WHAT YOU TURNED IN IN STEP 3 INTO YOUR WRITTEN PAPER.  ALL THE PAPER NEEDS TO CONSIST OF ARE THE ANSWERS TO THE EVERYTHING FROM STEP 3. IF YOU WANT TO PUT YOUR OWN COMMENTARY IN, YOU CAN BUT PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THAT THE ONLY THING YOU PUT IN YOUR PAPER. POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED IF ALL OF THE ANSWERS ARE NOT IN THE PAPER AND YOU ONLY PUT YOUR IDEAS/COMMENTARY.

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