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ENGL 836/847 - Terzakis - Dominican Republic & Source Credibility: Assignment

847: Assigment

 

IDENTIFYING CREDIBLE ONLINE INFORMATION/BUILDING SCHEMA ABOUT THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

The next book that we will be reading in class is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. The book is set in Paterson, New Jersey, and the Dominican Republic. Today, we are going to cover three topics:

  • Identifying credible online information;
  • Citing sources; and
  • Building schema about the Dominican Republic and Paterson, New Jersey

 

TOPICS TO EXPLORE:

 

Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (ruled DR from 1930-1961)

The Mirabal Sisters

The Parsley Massacre

Relationship to the US

Dominicans in the US

Rutgers University

Paterson, New Jersey

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

1.         Choose one of the topics listed above to be your main focus of research for the class.

 

2.         Once you have learned how to identify credible sources and chosen your topic, begin researching your topic on  the web. What search terms will you use? If you need help with this, please ask.

 

3.         Once you have found a credible source that covers your topic, take at least one page of Cornell notes on the topic; this is homework that is due next class. Make sure that you record the relevant information for the source—that is, include a citation. This assignment is worth 10 points.

 

4.         Finally, write a PIE paragraph about your topic. Your paragraph should include at least two quotations; all other information can be paraphrased. Your quotations and paraphrases must be cited and/or indicated with signal phrases. This assignment is worth 10 points. Be sure that you include in-text citations and a Works Cited page with your PIE paragraph.

 


 

836: Assignment

IDENTIFYING CREDIBLE ONLINE INFORMATION/BUILDING SCHEMA ABOUT THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

The next book that we will be reading in class is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. The book is set in Paterson, New Jersey, and the Dominican Republic. Today, we are going to cover two topics:

 

·                     Identifying credible online information; and

·                     Building schema about the Dominican Republic

 

TOPICS TO EXPLORE:

 

History—before Trujillo

History—Trujillo and after

Relationship to Haiti

Geography (Where? How big? What kind of climate?)

Economy (What are the main industries/sources of income?)

Population (numbers, racial breakdown, immigration, socioeconomic status, etc.)

Religion

Food

Music

Baseball

Tourism

 

Instructions:

 

1.            Choose two other people to work with, and then write your top three choices of topic from the list above on a piece of paper with your names on it and give them to me. While you are learning about identifying credible sources, I will look over your choices and try to give everyone their first or second choice.

 

2.            Once you have learned how to identify credible sources and been assigned your topic, begin researching your topic on the web. What search terms will you use? If you need help with this, please ask.

 

3.            Once you have found a credible source that covers your topic, take one page of Cornell notes on the topic; this is homework that is due the day you get back from spring break, Tuesday, April 9. This assignment is worth 10 points.

 

4.            Finally, write two PIE paragraphs about your topic and be prepared to present on them in class on Tuesday, April 9. This assignment is worth 10 points. Be sure that you include a Works Cited page with your PIE paragraphs.

Library Assignment

Try looking up your topic in these Library Databases

Tip:  Try going to Advanced Search and using limiters, such as searching by Subject.

1.  Gale Virtual Reference Library 

A collection of online encyclopedias - a great place to get started!

 

2.  Statista 

Immediate access to statistical information and facts.

 

3. CountryWatch

Review Country Profiles of Haiti and the Dominican Republic

 

4.  Ethnic NewsWatch

Newspapers from around the world.  Good for short, current articles.

 

5.  Academic Search Premier

Articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals on a wide variety of topics.

 

6.   Advanced Google Search

Remember to cite your sources:  to create MLA citations for the sources you use to put in your works cited list at the end of your paper.  You can do this by using the citation tools in the databases or using EasyBib.

 

Websites: 6 Questions to Ask

1. What is your purpose? Are you planning a trip there, or are you doing academic research?

 

2. What's the domain? .com? .org? .gov? .edu? .net?

 

3. Who is the author? What are his/her credentials (example: professor, expert in this field)

 

4. Is there an "about us" or "about" page? If so, does the information on this "about us" page make you trust the information more or less?

 

5. Is there advertising? Cartoon characters? What about the formatting? Spelling and punctuation?

 

6. What is the website's bias (interested perspective)? Is this website for increasing tourism? For encouraging investments? 

 

 

Use these 6 questions to compare websites:

 

DR:

The Dominican Republic's official website

The U.S. State Dept's Dominican Republic page

Wikipedia's Dominican Republic page

 

Baseball:

John Benson's 2017 Forecasts

Effects of Major League Baseball on Economic Development in the Dominican Republic

 

Excellent Websites

Wait a minute! What's the CIA? Do I trust it? Let's talk!
Country report on Dominican Republic. Written in 1989. 
Amnesty International
Human rights in the Dominican Republic: 2010
2010 report on democracy and human rights in the Dominican Republic
2010 report on corruption worldwide, including in the Dominican Republic. Powerful graphics and useful comparisons.