For this week’s newspaper article, you decided to write about environmental health. You chose this topic because there is a lot of talk around town about “fracking”. Some people are in favor of allowing natural gas companies to frack in your area because it will help the local economy. Others fear its potential effects on community health and safety. The American Petroleum Institute held a town meeting to assure residents that their process is safe.
You want to learn more about this issue so you can enlighten your community.
Write a 2 page paper that aIDresses the following:
1. Inform your readers about fracking – what is it?
2. What are some of the concerns about its effect on health, safety, and the environment?
2. After analyzing the arguments for and against fracking, state your position about whether people’s concerns are warranted.
You will be graded on your ability to express your position and support it with facts. You will not be graded on the opinion itself. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you are for or against fracking, it only matters that you can communicate clearly and justify your reasons for coming to that opinion.
Assignment Expectations, in order to earn full credit:
Please write your paper in your own words. That is the only way I can evaluate your level of understanding. Quotes are rarely needed; if necessary, they should comprise less than 10% of a paper and must be properly cited.
Even though the papers must be written in your own words, you are required to cite sources for any statement of fact or idea that is not common knowledge. You are required to cite the sources within the body of the paper and include a reference list at the end of the paper.
Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable source of information. Use credible, professional, and scholarly sources such as journal articles from ProQuest or EBSCO, and government, university, or nonprofit organizations’ web sites.
You must clearly show that you have read the module homepage and the required background materials. You are welcome to do research in aIDition to — but not instead of — the required readings.
Your papers will be evaluated on the following factors:
• References – citations are used within the body of the paper any time you state a fact or idea that is not common knowledge and a reference list is included at the end of the paper.
• Precision – you follow all instructions and you answer each part of the assignment.
• Breadth – you show broad knowledge of the module’s topic.
• Depth – you go into detail to show more critical thought about the specific assignment.
• Clarity – the extent to which you elaborate and include discussion or examples as asked.
• Application – the extent to which you apply the information to a real-life situation related to the assignment, if asked.
Before you begin, please review this information about When to Cite Sources http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pub/integrity/pages/cite/
Other resources are available at http://www.plagiarism.org/index.html and http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/
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