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First Assignment is due March 31 and the Second April 1 no Plagarisum. 

Instructions Due March 31

Research Notes One

My Topic is social Media.

To start your opposing viewpoints essay, you’ll need to find 2 different sides/positions on your topic. Then find 4 articles, 2 for each sides of your chosen topic. Then you’ll need to read those articles closely and take clear and detailed notes in your own words. 

You can use a google search to find opinion/argument pieces. You can also use the Opposing Viewpoints Database and the Points of View database (linked above).

This is where you will submit your notes. How many notes you take depends on your article, but you should aim for at least 1 page of detailed, bullet point notes. The notes should be paraphrased in your own words, 

not copied and pasted from the article
. Make sure to appropriately quote anything that is copied word for word from the article, but use quotes sparingly.

To set up your notes, start a document and put the title of the article, the author, and a link

Assignment 2 Due April 1

Submit a draft of your introduction paragraph for the opposing viewpoints essay here. Your introduction should:

1. Introduce the topic shared between the 2 articles

2. Introduce the key debates/conversations you see taking place around the topic

3. Briefly paraphrase the main argument or thesis of each article

4. Assert how this paper will be comparing and contrasting these articles

Example Introduction:

     Since the deaths of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and Michael Brown in 2014, the Black Lives Matter movement has been able to not only raise awareness about the issue of police brutality, but also shift how we imagine what policing should look like. In 
Diversity in Blue, Susan Miller advocates for expanding the diversity requirements of police departments, a longstanding, moderate reform. As the argument goes, if we have more officers of color, racial bias and violence in policing will decrease. Professor James Forman disagrees. In his book 
Locking Up Our Own, he argues, “the persistence of racial inequality in the United States derives from problems of power and structure, rather than simply individual choice and identity.” For Forman, a more comprehensive overhaul of policing must take place, including considering the more radical reforms of de-militarizing police and limiting their access to weapons. In this essay, I will highlight the differences in these arguments, and show the viability and necessity of Forman’s demands for systemic change in policing.

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