Twice during the semester, you will find a news story that ties in with the course material. I am encouraging you to connect current world and US events with our discussions and your readings. By using real-world examples to illustrate the abstract theories we are learning, you should be better able to develop a well-rounded understanding of the material. For this assignment, I want you to pay attention to the news. I encourage you to both watch the news and read the paper for ideas, but you will need to access a news article online so that you can send me the link. Suggestions for trusted, relatively un-biased news websites (both US and internationally) include National Public Radio (NPR) – www.npr.org, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) – www.bbc.com, The New York Times â€“ www.nytimes.com, and Reuters â€“ www.reuters.com. I want you to use one of these sites or another news website to find your information â€“ I do not want content from Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Twitter, or other opinion-based sites. If you are not sure if your site is reliable, please ask me. In addition, I want current events, so restrict your search to the last month. Once you have found a news article, be sure to provide me the link to the story in your paper. Summarize the article in two or three paragraphs. Remember the â€œwho, what, when, where, and whyâ€ questions â€“ tell me what happened, where it happened, etc. After you have summarized the article, take at least a page to connect the current event to our course material. Be sure to reference at least two course readings in the second part of this assignment. For example, if you are summarizing an article on criminal justice system reforms, you may want to connect it to Chapter 4, which looks at class privilege and Chapter 5, which examines racial and ethnic inequality. In all, your paper should be at least 2 pages, double-spaced.
Grading Rubric: Criteria Your Points Total Points News story is current (within the last month) and from a reliable news site 10 Link to the story is provided 10 Student summarizes the main points of the news article 20 Student connects the news story to course material 20 At least two course readings are referenced (provide an intext citation to the page number) 20 At least 2 pages 10 Correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. 10 Total 100