Discussion Questions Tips

Writing Discussion Questions The Basics Avoid asking questions that prompt a repeating of explicit information in the text. Formulate questions that have no easy answer, and ones that can be interpreted through various perspectives. Try asking open-ended rather than simple yes/no, right/wrong questions.  Compare, contrast, and look for connections between articles assigned on a given… Read More Discussion Questions Tips

Research Proposal

For this assignment, you need to identify what your essay will be about. You should consider how your topic relates to Upper Midwest issues. You may want to consider using your Advocacy Project as a way into this theme. This is your opportunity to explore your topic. Consider the following:  Are you examining a specific… Read More Research Proposal

Advocacy One-Pager

Congressional one-pagers are used by advocacy groups to help legislators make decisions and shape policy. One-pagers help busy decision makers understand an organization’s stance on an issue in one glance. So, one-pagers distill a lot of information into one, graphically interesting, easy to read document. All of the information should fit on one side of… Read More Advocacy One-Pager

Op-Ed Assignment

Op-eds provide news sources an opportunity for their readers to engage in shaping public opinion. Major papers like the New York Times solicit op-eds from leading thinkers and public figures. For example, former president and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Jimmy Carter, routinely writes op-eds for The Washington Post. Twin Cities news sources, such as the… Read More Op-Ed Assignment

LOLcats & Literacy

This week, my digital rhetoric class took an unexpected turn. When a student presented about icanhascheezburger and lolcats speak, we started a spirited discussion about the difference between a language and a dialect. BTW, here there’s a lolcat translator! Anyway, as we talked about some of the grammatical differences between a language and a dialect,… Read More LOLcats & Literacy