Assignments Week 9


Revise your Concept Exp 7 to include TAG: Return to your MindMup (Concept #7) and Tag your post “Synthesis”

Read:  Justin Tubb’s “Feminists for the 21st Century:  How Slactivists Can Change the World,” found here:

Leave Comment:  Justin was a former #thoughtvectors student, and his final IP Project is exemplary in many ways. After reading his essay, leave a comment on the post at the top of our blog home page titled “Class Commentary on “How Slactivists Can Change the World.”

Prompts for your comment:  What does Justin do that impresses you, in terms of design?  What does he do that impresses you in terms of writing?  Finally, where would you say is the climax of his argument?  (“Climax” is a literary term usually reserved for fiction, but I would like for you to identify the climax to his argument.  Follow the link on “climax” to get a definition of it, if you don’t remember this word from previous English classes). After identifying what you see as the “climax” to his argument, make a brief case for WHY.

I am imagining that there will be disagreement on the climax (because I can see several places that could be logically identified as the climax to his argument) — and this is good.  Make sure to state your case about how/why the part you identify as the climax serves that purpose in his particular argument.

Try to do your own thinking in the comment sections and not simply repeat previous comments. Feel free to bring up any/all ideas you’d like to discuss related to Justin’s IP.


At this point your have read at least 3 scholarly articles (deep sea diving research posts) and two other substantive articles related to your research question.  You have also situated your IP among our course thinkers, drawing intersections between these thinkers and your own informed thinking about your topic (Mindmup).  For this week, you will do research to find a useful documentary, video, or Ted Talk that addresses your research question.

Video Research:  Search Youtube, Netflix, PBS Frontline,  TED Talks, or Google videos, using key terms related to your IP project (For example: in the screen shot image below, I searched Google “videos” (see blue underlined “videos”) using “parenting and social media” as my search terms).

Find one substantial video from a reliable source to watch (note that many videos on YouTube or Google Videos are NOT from reliable sources). If your video is short — a news segment, for example — view several videos.  Make sure you watch a video that provides useful, interesting information that you may not have found in your research thus far.

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Nugget Blog Post:  In a post titled “Video Research Nugget Post” give the title of the video, then a citation using APA format below:

Producer, (Producer) & Director. (Director). (Date of publication). Title of video. Country of origin: date of access. url of video.

Discuss how you determined the video was from a reliable source. Did you Google the director, the film-maker, the You-tuber? Tell us who the video maker is and make the case that the video maker is a reliable source.

Then choose two nuggets from the video that resonate for you (that are highly relevant to your research at this time).  Replay the video so that you can write down the nuggets (use quotes from the video).  Respond to these nuggets by synthesizing one of your other researchers in the post. Include a link to your own research blog post about this previous article/researcher.

Additionally, discuss one EXAMPLE your video provides that you could use in your own IP essay. Since videos often provide true “stories” or feature real people, these can be useful examples to help you illustrate your argument.  Describe the example (give names, situations, etc).  Be specific, since you will likely need to use this example in your final paper.

Tag: Tag this post “Video Research”

DUE FRI Oct 30

Return:  to Justin Tubb’s “How Slactivists Can Change the World.”  Re-read and study his argument, tracing its movement and key ideas.

Return: Return to the class commentary posts on Justin’s Tubb’s blog (home page post on our class blog site).  Read all comments, as well as your own.

Concept Experience 8 Blog Post:  In a blog post respond to the class “discussion” (commentary) about “How Slactivists Can Change the World.” Refer to at least one classmate’s comment (their idea) specifically in your blog post (quote the idea, and make sure you give the name of the blogger when you introduce the quote) and write a thoughtful response to the idea.  (“I agree” isn’t thoughtful enough!).  Synthesizing your peer’s comment in your own blog post is practice for synthesizing quotes from your sources in your final IP essay.

Then in the same postattempt to map the key CONCEPTS in Justin’s Slactivism argument. You may do this by breaking down his key concepts and listing them as bullet points, then reviewing the bullets and “making sense” of his argument in a reflective paragraph or two after the bulled list.

OR you can write several paragraphs where you simply figure out (as you write) the movement / arc of his argument, reflecting on the movement / interplay of his concepts as you write.

Some things to think about as you return to his IP:  How does Justin “ground” his argument?Where does he lose you as a reader?  Where are you most interested as a reader?  What links did you follow?  What compelled you to follow them?  Which of the quotes he selected from his sources seemed most helpful to his argument?  In which sentence do you hear his “voice” most strongest?  At what point in this essay do you know Justin cares about this topic?

This post should be thoughtful several paragraphs in length.

Tag this post “slactivism”

View:  View the Library Research Guide.  Focus on the link below “USE GOOGLE FOR YOUR RESEARCH LIKE A PRO” —

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Once you click that link, you will see the box of search examples:

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Try out these TYPES of searches on Google (on your IP project topic).  Try key search terms and the word listserv OR achives; or the use of dashes, pluses, and minus — each do something different.  Try them all out to find the most helpful articles you can find related to your topic.

Google Like a Pro (listserv, exact phrase, dashes /,  plus +, or minu -) Note: sometimes listservs ask you to sign up, but most are free, and these provide really interesting, up to date comments from people that are related to your topic.  Finding a listserv about people talking about their perceptions of law enforcement, for example, will give you new perspectives that scholarly articles cannot give you.  Reading and choosing a nugget from the listserv is acceptable work for your Google Like a Pro Research Nugget Post (due Mon Nov 2 / Week 10).

Locate:  Use Google like a pro — using the new search tips above — and search Google using your IP topic key words.  Locate one highly relevant article from your “Google like a pro” research and READ it.   Take screen shots of your Google search box (so that I can see what “pro” search features you used (listserv, dash, plus, minus) to find the article.  Then copy and paste the full citation of the article you found.  Keep these to include in your Google Like a Pro Research Nugget (due Mon Nov 2).

For Monday (Nov 2) (See Week 10) you will post Google Like a Pro Research Nugget post on this article.


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