When looking for information about a particular issue,
evaluating the sources you find in order to determine their credibility is
essential. This assignment asks you apply the critical thinking questions for
evaluating sources discussed in Chapter 5 of the webtext AND the “7 Key Points”
outlined in the video:
“A Consumer's Guide to Sourcing in News Reports” from The
News Literacy Project website at http://www.thenewsliteracyproject.org/learn-channel/sourcing/
For this assignment, you are asked to write a three to four (3-4)
page paper in which you:
Select one of the issues from the ProCon.org
website at http://www.procon.org/.
2. Research the Internet to obtain 3 websites that address
the issue you selected.
3. Based on your review of the critical thinking questions
posed in Chapter 5 and the “7 Key Points” outlined in the
video, develop your own list of questions for evaluating the credibility of
4. Apply your list of “critical thinking questions” to
evaluate the credibility of each of the 3 websites
5. Indicate whether each of the 3 sites is a credible
resource on the issue and explain your rationale.
The paper should follow
guidelines for clear and organized writing:
· Include an
introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
· Address main
ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
· Adhere to
standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
· Be typed,
double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on
all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format.
· Include a
cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the
professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the
reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment
· Identify the
informal fallacies, assumptions, and biases involved in manipulative appeals
and abuses of language.
written work utilizing the concepts of critical thinking.
technology and information resources to research issues in critical thinking
skills and informal logic.
Grading for this assignment will be based on quality, logic
/ organization, and language and writing skills, using the rubric in the course