Brainstroming Issues, Arguments and Questions


  1. view a variety of popular and alternative media outlets
  2.  discuss the differences and similarities in genres and modes between media outlets
  3.  generate a list of broad topics
  4.  begin to narrow the broad topics down to smaller issues for the academic paper

After introducing the assignments and homework for this module, I show several media clips in class and ask students to write down ideas for topics. After each segment, we write down the broad topics–for example climate change, immigration reform and police brutality–and then discuss issues within the list of broad topics that would make for good papers and blog posts. We also generate a list of dead topics: topics that argue the obvious, are too big to do justice in one blog post or one paper and topics that argue religion (because the Bible isn’t considered a scholarly source in academia).

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