ANALYSIS ESSAY #1: EVALUATING ONLINE POLITICAL CHAT GROUP (100 points)

 

Directions: For this 8-paragraph essay, you will find an online political chat group. Copy and paste the chat group into an appendix on the back of your essay. YOUR PAPER WILL NOT BE GRADED IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT THE ONLINE DISCUSSION YOU’VE ANALYZED. Next, you will analyze the chat group discussion using three of the analytic features of deliberative conversation and discussion and three of the social process features (found in Fig. 2.1). In your analysis, you will evaluate how well the conversation meets each of the six criteria using detailed examples from the online discussion. Please cite and quote your textbook (in APA) when explaining all six of your criteria for deliberative conversation. An APA cheat sheet can be found in the appendix of your syllabus.

In your essay, please evaluate each of these criteria, supporting each criterion with at least one definition from your textbook (with citations from your textbook for each definition) and at least two detailed examples to support your rating. Please use APA to cite your sources. An APA cheat sheet can be located at the end of this assignment.

 

  • First, in your introductory paragraph, you need to begin with a sentence that draws your readers in and catches their attention (and is, of course, relevant to your essay).
  • In the next 1 – 3 sentences, you will describe the online political chat group you selected. You should include the name of the chat group, the political issue that was being discussed, the different perspectives on the issue that were presented, and how many people were involved in the chat.
  • In your final sentence(s), give your thesis statement/preview of main points. See the introductory paragraph checklist for an example of this sentence that you are welcome to use in your own essay if it is helpful.

INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH CHECKLIST

____ First sentence: Begin paragraph with a sentence that grabs the reader’s attention (and is, of course, relevant to your paper).

____ Next sentence:  Provide a description of the online political chat group discussion, including the name of the chat group, the political issue that was being discussed, the different perspectives on the issue that were presented, and how many people were involved in the chat.

____ Final sentence(s): State a clear thesis & preview of main points. Remember, for this class, your thesis will contain the language of the assignment. EXAMPLE: “: “In this essay, I will provide an analysis of six of Gastil’s key features of deliberative conversation and discussion (fig. 2.1) using detailed examples from an online political chat group. I will first evaluate the discussion using three of Gastil’s analytic criteria, including prioritizing key values at stake, creating a solid information base, and making the best decision. I will then evaluate the discussion using three of Gastil’s social process criteria, including considering other ideas and experiences, respecting other participants, and adequately distributing speaking opportunities.”  (You may use this thesis statement/preview if it is helpful for you. Remember, you may want to use different features for your analysis.)

 

In the second paragraph, you will start your analysis using the first criterion you are strong at. See the checklist below for how to write this paragraph:

PARAGRAPH 2 CHECKLIST

____ First sentence(s): Topic Sentence. EXAMPLE: “To begin, those in the chat group fell short of “prioritizing key values.” (You may use these sentences if it is helpful for you.)

____ Next sentence(s): Define and describe the criterion (using citations from your reading).

____ Next sentence(s): Provide a clear example from the chat group to support your evaluation. Remember, you are not telling us about others’ media use or lecturing about why this criterion is important. You are giving a specific, detailed example(s) from your own media use.

____ Final sentence(s): Write a summary sentence or a sentence that transitions to your next paragraph.

 

In your third and fourth paragraphs, you will follow the same format in each paragraph, alerting your readers in the fourth paragraph that you will be moving on to discuss criteria you need improvement. See below:

PARAGRAPH 3 CHECKLIST

____ First sentence(s): Topic Sentence. EXAMPLE: “Second, “creating a solid information base was a strength in this discussion.” (You may use this topic statement if it is helpful for you, but remember you may want to choose different criteria to focus your analysis on.)

____ Next sentence(s): Define and describe the criterion (using citations from your reading).

____ Next sentence(s): Provide a clear and detailed examples to support you evaluation.

____ Final sentence(s): Write a summary sentence or a sentence that transitions to your next paragraph.

 

PARAGRAPH 4 CHECKLIST

____ First sentence(s): Topic Sentence. EXAMPLE: “Third, making the best decision possible is a strength” was also a strong analytic feature of this discussion. (You may use this topic statement if it is helpful for you, but remember you may want to choose different criterion to focus your analysis on.)

____ Next sentence(s): Define and describe the criterion (using citations from your reading).

____ Next sentence(s): Provide a clear and detailed examples to support you evaluation.

____ Final sentence(s): Write a summary sentence or a sentence that transitions to your next paragraph. EXAMPLE TRANSITION: “Now that I’ve evaluated this online discussion using three analytic process features, I will now evaluate the social process features.”

 

In paragraph 5-7, you will analyze the three criteria you need most improvement. Follow the paragraph checklists provided.

PARAGRAPH 5 CHECKLIST

____ First sentence(s): Topic Sentence. For social process criteria, considering others’ ideas and experiences was a strong feature in the online discussion I analyzed. (You may use these sentences if it is helpful for you.)

____ Next sentence(s): Define and describe the criterion (using citations from your reading).

____ Next sentence(s): Provide a clear and detailed examples to support you evaluation.

____ Final sentence(s): Write a summary sentence or a sentence that transitions to your next paragraph.

 

PARAGRAPH 6 CHECKLIST

____ First sentence(s): Topic Sentence. EXAMPLE: “Second, respecting other participants was both strong and weak in the online discussion.” (You may use this topic sentence if it is helpful for you, but remember you may want to choose different criteria to focus your analysis on.)

____ Next sentence(s): Define and describe the criterion (using citations from your reading).

____ Next sentence(s): Provide a clear and detailed examples to support you evaluation.

____ Final sentence(s): Write a summary sentence or a sentence that transitions to your next paragraph.

 

PARAGRAPH 7 CHECKLIST

____ First sentence(s): Topic Sentence. EXAMPLE: “Finally, adequately distributing speaking opportunities was weak in this discussion.” (You may use this topic sentence if it is helpful for you, but remember you may want to choose different criteria to focus your analysis on.)

____ Next sentence(s): Define and describe the criterion (using citations from your reading).

____ Next sentence(s): Provide a clear and detailed examples to support you evaluation.

____ Final sentence(s): Write a summary sentence or a sentence that transitions to your next paragraph.

 

Finally, for your conclusion, you should include the two part in this check list.

CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH CHECK LIST

____ First sentence: Restate your thesis and/or your main points. EXAMPLE: In conclusion, I have provided an analysis of an online political chat group using three analytic and three social “key features of deliberative conversation and discussion.” 

 

____ Rest of the sentences in this paragraph: Final reflections on the essay. Answer the “so what” question.