You mission is to research a topic of
controversy and verify its validity based on web research. Your research will
present both sides of the issue. After considering all sides, you will
present your own conclusion to the class via PowerPoint presentation. You
will present your research and PowerPoint to the class upon completion.
As you search for information on your
topic, think about the quality of information that is available on the web.
Think about why it is easy or hard to find information about your topic. What
makes an online resource different from a printed resource when researching
these kinds of topics?
Assignment checklist -
make sure that you have taken care of these items.
- do you have at least 6 slides?
- slide transitions and custom animation on every
- did you find two websites for each side of your hoax or controversy? You
must have a total of four websites in your bibliography.
- did you research one of the authors of your website
resources? Look at #4 below.
- did you list results from three search engines? Look at #6 below.
- cite at least three resources using Citation
Machine, MLA format.
- what is your conclusion? DO you think that your
hoax is believable?
- did you save in the format: period
assignment for example, 2 Harris, Jeff truthorfiction
- are you ready to present your PowerPoint in front of the class?
Save your PowerPoint as your
username followed by the hoax. Like this: webberhoax.ppt
1. Choose a topic from the choices listed
below. Feel free to come up with your own.
2. For each topic, find two sites that support each side. For
example, if you have chosen Bigfoot as your topic you might find one
website that shows photographic proof of our furry friend while another
discusses someone's contact with Bigfoot while camping. Your other two sites
would take the opposite viewpoint - a discussion by a biologist on the
unlikely possibility that Bigfoot exists and a site that shows Bigfoot photos
to be hoaxes.
3. Properly cite each web resource as shown in the above on Citation Machine or Noodle
Cite You will cite four web resources in your presentation.
4. Learn about the author or organization that created one of your online resources. Choose
one of the websites that you used in your research and provide information
about the author's credentials. Here are some items to include:
-what credentials do they have? (what college
or university degrees do they list, where do they work?).
-why is this organization providing this information?
-would you consider them a hobbyist, self-proclaimed expert or professional?
-are they selling something? If so, what?
-is the website current with new information posted this year or is it stale?
-search for the author's name in a search engine and see what you can learn
about that person?
5. Based on your
observations, what do you conclude?
Support your conclusions with a least three pieces of evidence from your web
research. Use your own words to craft your conclusion-do not copy and paste.
6. Record the number of
results from three Boolean searches.
Note the search engine used as well. Use at least two different search
bigfoot NOT hoax 26,000 results - google.com
bigfoot AND photographs 55,000 results - yahoo.com
bigfoot OR yeti 125,000 results - dogpile.com
7. Create a PowerPoint
containing the following elements:
-statement of controversy. Example: "For hundreds of years, the Pacific Northwest has been center of reports of large,
-slides as needed that represent both sides of the issue or controversy. Use
images or video as examples of evidence. Do not copy and paste text from
other websites - use your own words.
-slides as needed to present your conclusion.
-slide with complete citations for all four websites.
-a slide that analyzes the author or organization who created one of your
-slide with results of your Boolean searches.
-each slide should have a Slide Transition and Custom Animation.
Your slideshow should have at least six slides including the title slide.
"The End" does not count as a slide.
How do I hand in my
1. We will present these on the day we
return from break.
2. Copy your completed PowerPoint to
the share drive after saving on the H drive.