Why should high schools require media literacy classes in school teach how to evaluate and understand new media, including smart phones and apps, social networking sites, crowd-sourced projects, Microsoft Word, Blackboard etc ? And how should schools teach such a course?

Nearly every form of writing has an assertion built-in. This next assignment is designed to teach (or better, reinforce, since you should have been introduced to this approach in previous papers) the foundations of ethical inquiry and discourse by asking your opinion on an issue of technology that you feel needs exploration and analysis.

ASSIGNMENT

Develop a thesis relating to technology that reflects class discussions. For instance, you will be quoting and/or paraphrasing from the essay/website assigned during this cycle, including Turkle and Project New Media Literacies, regarding questions of privacy, learning and exploring, simulation and the use of data, networking, teaching in the age of Power Point, etc.

Question: Why should high schools require media literacy classes in school teach how to evaluate and understand new media, including smart phones and apps, social networking sites, crowd-sourced projects, Microsoft Word, Blackboard etc ? And how should schools teach such a course?

NOTE

Each paper must incorporate at least three core media literacy concepts taken from the Project New Media Literacies website. The link is provided.

Schedule:

May 7: Prewrite ( you do not have to message me this material — just please do it).

May 8: Thesis (message me your thesis, which should = one sentence and be clear and concise, like, “High schools should teach media literacy because students need to understand judgment, ____, and ___.

May 11: Message me your three quotes in the MLA style, with signal verbs. Like: Turkle argues, “______________” as well as your outline, if you seek guidance.

These three quotes will be inserted into your outline (one per body paragraph/subpoint).

May 12: Rough draft due.

May 14: Final draft (message me draft or upload PP file)

May 14: Rewrite of lowest graded essay (not required — if not submitted, that score will = an average of all your essay scores)

Focus yourself with a clear claim/assertion. It must be debatable and answer one of the above questions.there must be a clear opposing position to the one that you are taking. Thus, you might choose an action or statement that is controversial. This could give you more material to work with, and you should also hook a reader with an attention getting statement that may also establish credibility. Remember to put a human face on the issue. Avoid generic abstractions.

You must address both the reasons for your opinion and at least one reason the opposition would use to argue against you: in other words, you need to address and acknowledge your opponents and refute them as well. This concession and refutation should be stated in yourlast body paragraph and should be fair, accurate, and respectful.

Your grade is partly determined by how thoroughly you treat the issue. Dont forget that each paragraph should be grounded and focused by a controlling idea that you expand upon, explore, and illustrate while bearing the burden of proof.

Explain your claims fully: do not merely make a statement and then jump to an example. Your job in this essay is to explain the logic and reason behind your opinions.

Also, do not rely on examples to do your explaining. Instead, use your evidence as it is intendedto illustrate your own point. Interpret and provide context for the example too. People tend to rely almost entirely on examples. Work on emphasizing the issues by offering logical reasons for your opinions, and then offer concrete examples to show what you mean.

Also, dont neglect to wrap up the overall paper, and each paragraph, by revisiting and reinforcing the main ideas. You may want to revisit your hook too.

This 1,500-word essay must be typed and double-spaced. Expect them to be roughly five pages long. Because you will quote from five sources, including one primary source, you must also include a “Works Cited” section. Your citations and “Works Cited” listing must be in MLA format.

Here are some helpful ways to reflect on your assertion, provided by Prof. Crosswhite:

What kind of questions are you answering? Is it a question of fact? Definition? Interpretation? Value? Cause and effect? Is it a question about what policy should be adopted, or what course of action should be taken?

Does the assertion have a complete sentence and a complete idea?

Does the thesis say exactly what you mean? Are you both precise and clear?

Does the because clause express the central reason?

What is the implied assumption?

What are the counter-points? The competing lines of reasoning? Now, be sure to show at least one of these lines of reasoning in the last body paragraph of the paper.

FORMAT: Typed, double-spaced, Size 11 or 12 Times New Roman, one-inch margins, proper MLA style (parenthetical documentation).

CRITERIA FOR GRADING:

A) Structure of the thesis, quality of evidence, counter-points, and clarity. 35%

B) All the required process parts (outline, rough draft, final draft). 15%

C) Format requirements, including MLA (as noted above). 15%

D) Editing (more than 10 surface-level issues will drop your grade regardless of content if such issues really affect the readability/clarity of the text). 35%