WHAT S HOULD I T HINK A BOUT WHEN PREPARING MY INITIAL BLOG POST?
After completing the assigned readings for the week, consider WRITING the following — Initial post of at least 300 words.
(A) Do these readings resonate with current issues in your town, county, or state?
(B) What is your position on that issue?
§ Is this supported by other scholarly work?
§ Are others in reputable newspapers or academic journals coming to the same conclusions?
§ Are there organizations that you know of that have researched this and have findings?
(C) There are many people who will disagree with you. How can you support your opinion / position in a manner that is respectful, but still addresses your point of view?
I would like to remind you of your tasks related to this week’s topic (COURTS: The Right to Counsel & The Ineffective Assistance of Counsel), which include the following:
- Read Chapter 6 of Hemmens (Book 1) as well as Chapters 5 and 17 of Israel et al. (Book 2); and
- Please review/re-read the “Blog Considerations” and “Blog Entry Grading Rubric” documents in the Course Library before preparing your entry. The course blog assignment requires that you focus on a particular issue from the readings, put forth your perspective on that issue, and then support that perspective using one or more reliable sources.
- Again, there is no specific question that you need to answer in your initial post. However, you must follow the course blog rules and remain on topic with this week’s assigned readings.
- Two missteps to avoid:
- (1) Only including your personal viewpoint without any supporting evidence beyond the assigned reading materials.
- (2) Only providing a rote summary of an outside source but forgetting to include your own perspective on the issue/topic being discussed.
Relevance of your posts. (Blog posts must be related to the assigned readings for that week; for example, this Week posts will discuss The Right to Counsel & The Ineffective Assistance of Counsel)
— Depth of your analysis and quality of the linked news article. (Select, cite, and link to recent news from a reputable source that supports what you have read for the week as well as the opinion/position you are taking in your posts)
You may also refer to outside sources as long as they are scholarly from 2014 to 2018 (e.g., peer-reviewed journals) and/or reputable (e.g., article from The New York Times, chapter from another textbook). DO NOT refer to or incorporate information from extremely unreliable sources (e.g., Wikipedia, TMZ, and The Onion).
Posts must be well written, free of grammatical errors, relevant to the topic, and demonstrate critical thinking and analysis.
b. Since the course blog is a PUBLIC FORUM, please remember to:
— Speak on opinions/positions with care and tact. (Use your words wisely.)
— Refrain from using inappropriate or offensive language, or slang/jargon.
— Offer criticism only when necessary and make sure it is constructive.
— Re - read and edit y our posts and replies/ comments before submitting.
— Refrain from plagiarism and be sure to properly cite other sources.