Class Agenda: 

  1. Class Activitity and Stockton Database Review/Demo
  2. Review Usage Quiz

Opening Class Activity (20 minutes to prep for discussion):

  1. Using today’s hand-out, designate this article from ABC News.
  2. After reading the article and deciding for yourself, check in with your family. Discuss.
  3. Revisit the packet we discussed and began reading in class last week. The final two articles (“Ferguson…Border” from the NY Times & “Donald Trump…Atlantic City by Peter Murphy), discuss with your families whether these articles are examples of “argument,” “persuasion” or “propaganda.”
  4. Be prepared to “share out” for credit or no credit.  ten or so minutes.

In order to be more productive citizens, we must learn to bring “expert research” into an attempt at crafting “argument.” We must never settle for just “persuasion.” More importantly, we should reject “propaganda.”


DO: Using what you learned in class today, find an article on the Stockton database under the topic of “immigration.” Be sure to have access to the article for class on Wednesday. Come to class with the article and a claim that the article answers.

WATCH: These videos to reinforce last class (especially if you missed last class)


1. The science of boolean searching is laid out nicely in the the presentation from Colorado State University found here. Very often, “there’s no articles,” is really just poor searching techniques.

2. Too often, students make mistake of looking for RESEARCH before they create a WORKING THESIS. Research is not a destination. It is a fluid process. And in the digital age, it is more fluid than ever. When I am being paid to write, I am constantly researching AS I write. Consider what you want your thesis for this paper to be. Write it out. Play with it. Doesn’t need to be perfect. But remember, a thesis must be argumentative, concise and focused. Read more about writing better theses here. 

3. Read this. Posted by me. Created by Columbia (yes, THAT one).

4. Read this article on fake news from NPR. Read through this “credibility” primer provided by the Merrimack College professor. Save these reference for when you might need them.