Critical thinking is the process of actively applying analyzing and evaluating information gathered from observation, experience or communication and can be a guide to belief and action. In order to complete this assignment, I would like you to complete an annotated bibliography and opinion paper on any topic covered by this class. Consult the PowerPoints and your book for ideas.
Don’t over analyze this – you are very opinionated even if you don’t think you are. If I say to you “Popeye’s has the best fried chicken in the world”, you immediately think yes, no or I don’t know and you have a reason for this. Maybe you tried it or maybe you like the commercials, and that has influenced you. In a way, this is critical thinking at a very base level. For this assignment, pick something you feel strongly about and then research it. I have had students submit successful papers with completely opposite opinions to me because they showed how they came to their opinions. If you have been in debate club or even a heated argument, you will have experiences this.
What you turn into me
- Annotated bibliography for 10 sources
- Cite source using any method such as APA – videos, news articles, etc can cut and past URL
- Summarize your source 1 to 2 paragraphs
- Opinion paper based on your 10 sources – 3 to 5 pages double spaced 12 point font normal margins
Here are some examples of submitted work to give you a feel for this
Just a final note about this process. I use annotated bibliographies in my research, we usually call them literature reviews. If you are writing a thesis or dissertation, you want to know what is published about the subject before you submit your results. Below is a literature review that I conducted in grad school. Be aware that I formalized this as another professor wanted the results and so I am writing it that way. Usually my literature reviews are written for me only and are a mess. You can write your annotated bibliography for yourself, you can use bullet points if you like. Also, if you are using a book, you only need to use the chapters required, you don’t need to summarize the entire book.