Monday, September 16, 2013

(Announcement) Tips for Assignments


Prepared speech
- 4 min (2 min summary, 2 min critique)
- 2 min summary: Main arguments of reading, outline author's claims, reasons, evidence
- 2 min critique: Your reactions to the reading, make your own claim with evidence
- 1-page speech outline (key points): Hand the outline at the day of your speech
- Speech will be video-recorded -> Self-critique (~250 words) due one week after speech (email to TA before section starts)

Impromptu speech
- 2 min (1 min summary, 1 min critique)- No recording
- Do readings every week, take good notes during speech
- Not a repetition of what the speaker has already said; your own claims!

Both speeches will be graded on i) content; ii) delivery

Critique ≠ Criticize -> Share whether you agree/ disagree with the speaker, or highlight a key point that was emphasized/left out


- Prepare enough material for 10 to 15min
- Discussion questions to be posted on to section blog 24 hours prior to section (i.e. Monday 2:30pm) 
- Facilitate discussion: Do not spend the10 min talking by yourself
- Think of open-ended questions: Controversial issues/viewpoints are usually good 
- Make your questions easy to understand: If the audience cannot understand what you are asking, they will not provide an answer
- Question about reading w/example of your own answer, ask peers to connect that to their own experience; identify key terms from reading, ask for definition & significance; pose a challenge/critique to reading, ask to defend it


- 500-word research reports to be posted on to section blog 24 hours prior to section (i.e. Monday 2:30pm) 

- Read and ask questions to yourself 
- Profile of author- occupation, organization, companies, past, what kind of expertise on topic, what can be inferred about the motivation 
- Publication where article appeared- publication, its history, goals, its audience, what impact
- Response to article- investigate if there were responses to the article 

- Demonstrate that you are a savvy media consumer – engage in what Kovach and Rosenstiel call “the way of skeptical knowing” 
- What kind of content is this? 
- Who is the author? What is his/her profile, and what is his/her motivation for writing this piece? 
- What publication did this piece appear in? What can be the possible audience and agenda for this publication to publish this piece? 
- What responses were there to this article? What is the context surrounding this article? -- How does this inform you about the way this article was written? Or why it was written in the first place?

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