NEWS REPORTS by lmk21156


During this semester you are responsible for reading and reporting on 3 current events related to biological science that
are reported in a magazine. Discover, Scientific American, and Popular Science are excellent science magazines for the
nonscientist. Time and Newsweek both usually have science sections.

A magazine article must be at least 2 full pages of words or 3 pages with pictures. Internet articles are not
acceptable; they frequently have a lot of blank spaces between the parts of the text and often lack credibility. Major
points will be deducted for articles that are not long enough or of a dubious scientific nature. If in doubt, show me the
article in advance.

You MUST follow the simple format given below when writing your reports, UNLESS ONE OF MY ARTICLES HAS
“SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS” ON THE FRONT. If “SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS” are given, follow those. For articles
without “special instructions”, the report must be in outline form as modeled by the instructions that follow. Reports
submitted in essay form will be returned ungraded. Each report will be worth a possible 15 points. The point value for
each part of the report is indicated in () below.

If the original article is a newspaper article, it should be neatly cut out and stapled to your report.
If the original article is from a magazine, do not tear it out. Please photocopy the article. You may turn in the entire
magazine with your report if you do not want the magazine back. Submitted magazines will not be returned.

*Do all work for yourself and by yourself. Turn in a completed grade sheet with each report.
*Articles borrowed from me must be returned with your report, or the report will not be graded.
*Do not use a title page or folder of any kind. You may legibly hand write your reports or type them.
*You may print on the clean side of used paper or on both sides of the paper.
*Do not staple or paperclip your papers to the article or to each other. Place all materials together in the blue pan.

    I.      List the title of the article. (1)
    II.     Name the author of the article. Sometimes the only author given is Associated Press. (1)
    III.    Name the newspaper or magazine from which you obtained the article, its date of publication, and
            the page number of the article if it is from a magazine. (1)

    IV.     Who or what is the article about? (1) [This should be one sentence, such as, “This article is
            about the extinction of species due to the destruction of habitat”.]
    V.      Where does the article take place? (1) [This can be a city, a country, or a general place like in space,
            in the ocean, or in the lungs of smokers. The article rarely takes place in the city listed with the
    VI.     What is the main idea of the article? (3) Longer articles may have more than 1 main idea. Do
             not use the word “about” or the infinitive “to” in your main idea. The main idea is not what the
            article is about; the main idea is the point that the article makes about its topic. Neither is the main
            idea to inform, to persuade, or to give information about anything. The main idea is never a
            question. It is the answer to the question. Begin with “The main idea is that . . .”
    VII.    List at least 5 relevant, scientific facts that could be learned from the article. (5) [Do not list
            political facts or economic facts. You may list more than five facts, just in case I don’t accept some
            of your facts.] A fact should not repeat the main idea.
    VIII.   Why do you think the article was written? (1)
    IX.     What is your personal reaction to the article, or how does the information in the article affect you?

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