Michael Che – Black Lives Matter


Diversity: the condition of having or being composed of differing elements; especially the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.

Types of diversity, include, but are not limited to:

  • race
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • sexual orientation
  • politics
  • age
  • socioeconomic status
  • religion
  • disability
  • class

Which one of these applies to your report? Remember, you report has to focus around diversity and issues or problems.

Quick Write

How would you feel if someone used your ideas or work without giving you credit?

Intro to Research

Scholarly research is research that is published by people with specialized knowledge on what they are researching. It is peer reviewed, reviewed by other researchers and specialist in the field, and is generally trustworthy. Blogs, Newspapers, Magazines are not Scholarly but are popular sources.


ProCon.org No subscription needed. Good place to look at the main issues around a topic.

Occupational Outlook Handbook The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Google Scholar Google academic database search. Great place to start.

Specific Research Questions

The topic or issue will help narrow down what you can research for your report. A specific research question will help focus your research to a specific area.

A broad question like “What is global warming?” is way to big to write about and try to research in our time allotted. Plus, that one has already been answered. A better, more narrow question on this topic would be, “How does global warming affect the California shorelines?

This research question narrows down a broad topic and connects it to you. If you are a Business major, you might want to ask, “What are carbon credits, and how might they affect the California economy?” This question connects your interest or topic to your major.

Report Purpose and Topic

Answer questions.

Review what is already known about a subject.

Report new knowledge.

Free Write

  1. What topic are you considering?
  2. From the three choices above, which one do you think best serves your topic?
  3. Write everything you know about the topic. Write for 5 minutes without stopping. Write sentences, bullet points, words, examples, etc.; anything that comes to mind regarding your topic.

Free Write

Take the topic you are thinking about researching for your report and write it at the top of a page. For the next five minutes I want you two write down everything you know about it. Do not edit as you write. Just keep writing and see where it takes you.

Just keep writing. If you thought runs out, skip a line and start a new thought. Keep writing.

What do you know about your topic?

What questions do you have about your topic?

What do you need to research about your topic?

Civil Rights Movement

Non Violent sit ins led to the Civil Rights Movement

We have come a long way.

Annotated Bibliography

Chapter 11 in our textbook explains the purpose of an annotated bib. An annotated bib is a works cited or references page with additional information added to each citation. You begin with the correct reference citation for your sources. For this assignment we will have at least five sources.

Here is a good explanation of citations in MLA.

Here is the format:

Author(s). “Article Title.” Source, vol. #, no. #, season year, pp. xx-xx. Database, URL.


Kong, Les. “Business Sources for Education Majors.” Education Graduate Students Journal, vol. 75, no. 4, 2014, pp. 12-19. JSTORhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/52506788.

To each entry you will add the annotation, the paragraph or two that explains the source, why you are using it, and its reliability.

Each professor you will have in the future may have specific guidelines for what to include in an annotated bibliographic entry. Always follow their instructions.

For this assignment, you should include:

  1. Summary of Source, 2-4 sentences
  2. How you are using it in your report, 1-3 sentences
  3. Reliability of source, 1-3 sentences

In total, you should have a short paragraph, 4-10 sentences, explaining the three points above.