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RESEARCH

SIRS Researcher - Good for easy to read articles.  Some topics are available for PRO/CON.

GALE Opposing Viewpionts - Good articles, but you have to figure out what the argument is.

Procon.org - More limited in topics, but includes more recent events.

Passwords to use when accessing databases from home:

SIRS Researcher 

Username: grayslake

Password: rams

Opposing Viewpionts

Username: rams

Password: rams

 

Database Tutorials

For a refresher on how to search using the school's databases, use the picture tutorials below.

 

Assignment

Writing Your Own Editorial Assignment

Directions: Editorials reflect the viewpoint of the newspaper; however, they are more than an opinion. Editorial writers must include statistics, details and examples to support their opinions. To make the editorial even more effective, the writer must present and challenge arguments of others who have a different opinion. Today you are going to start the process of writing an editorial by following the steps below:

Step #1: Choose a topic – Good editorials begin with a solid topic about which the author is passionate.  Pick something on which you really have an opinion and state your opinion with the supporting evidence you already have in your head.  Fill this out in the outline below.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to…

Vaccines for Children

Teacher Tenure

Drones

Impact of Social Media

Drinking Age

Death Penalty

Animal Testing

Change in US-Cuba Policy

Progressive Taxes

Step #2: Research! Good editorials have the opinion of the author, facts to support that opinion, as well as facts that support the opposing opinion. You need to research both sides. You will use an outline to record your findings as well as keep a works cited page (you need to have one source for each side of the argument – so a total of two sources).

Step #3: Write it! The editorial must be typed, 12 point font, and double spaced.  Your entire editorial should NOT EXCEED TWO PAGES.

Timeline

2/4/16: Introduce Assignment, choose topic, and begin research

2/8/16: Finish up research, begin outline

2/9/16: Outline and write. Rough draft is due tomorrow.

2/10/16: Peer Review. Make changes for tomorrow and turn it on 2/11

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