english 101

You may complete each end-of-the-week research and reflection journal anytime after Friday’s class and before Monday’s class. I’d like you to spend about an hour on this assignment: To earn full credit, please read the instructions carefully and fulfill all of the expectations. (Make sure to check how long your paragraphs need to be, for example!)  Work that does not fulfill all of the expectations will earn a maximum of half credit. 
The goals of this assignment are:
1) to help you make sense of and remember the important elements of our week’s work so you can build on that knowledge throughout the quarter,
2) to help Mary understand what you understand and what you are confused about,
3) to offer you regular practice in summarizing, analyzing and responding to sources.
There are two parts to this assignment each week:
A. First you will spend about 20 minutes reflecting on the work we did, in and outside of the classroom. This week, you continued to work on your annotated bibliography assignment, and you posted rough drafts of APA citations, summary paragraphs and evaluation paragraphs through Canvas discussion posts. Many students had questions about how to evaluate sources, so we reviewed the evaluation guidelines from the TCC library. Those are the guidelines you will use when you write your evaluation paragraphs. You’ll select 2-4 questions to answer and explain carefully. (You don’t need to answer all of the questions.) We also clarified that your evaluations will likely discuss strengths and weaknesses of the sources. That’s normal: sources are hardly ever all good or all bad. The annotated bibliography assignment and the sample annotated bibliography posted on Canvas should be useful tools for you as you build a strong paper. It is important to examine both so you understand the assignment expectations and are able to do your best work.
1. What did you find most useful and interesting about class this week? What progress did you make?
2. What did you find most confusing? What challenges/barriers are you facing?
To earn full credit, you need to explain yourself carefully — what you found useful and confusing —  in one full well-explained paragraph of at least 250 words.
B. Second, you will continue to learn more about barriers to community college student success and how colleges have made changes to ensure that more students graduate and succeed after graduation.
You’ll spend 30 minutes or so reading through information about the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and answer the following questions:
1. What does the Aspen Prize information say are the four elements that determine community college excellence?
2. Scroll down and select one of the top five community colleges to learn more about (San Jacinto College, Odessa College, Indian River State College, Broward College, or Lake Area Technical Institute.) Read through the report on that college and, in a paragraph of at least 250 words, discuss what you found most interesting/powerful about the specific steps that college took to improve student success and completion rates. Why did you find it interesting? What do you notice that is relevant to your own experience as a student? From your own experience at TCC, could we take similar steps to improve student success and completion?
Please remember that to earn full credit, your work needs to meet the expectations of this assignment and your paragraph must be at least 250 words. You may write conversationally — this doesn’t need to be super formal — but your writing should demonstrate intelligent and serious work. You will receive at most half credit if your work doesn’t meet those expectations. 

Evaluating Sources Guidelines
Here’s a link to the TCC library’s guidelines for evaluating sources. You’ll use these to evaluate sources for your annotated bibliography — and for the rest of the quarter.

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Annotated Bibliography Sample
Bellisle, M. (2018). Gun background check system riddled with flaws. St.Louis Post – Dispatch Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/2012578387?accountid=36202 (Links to an external site.)链接到外部网站。
This article sheds light on the inefficiency of the background check systems. The military, states, courts, and local law enforcement do not share information well enough to coordinate a central location of records. The sharing of information would cause a simple background check to be accurate and truly necessity The National Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was created to be the central database for criminal or mental health records, but very few states are contributing. Some states do not have the funds to report and manage sharing information. To be exact 31 states are participating, which has given them access to funds to assist in their reporting system. Many tragic events with firearms caused due to the inefficiency of uninformed background checks. Events such as Virginia Tech, a Texas church, and an IHOP shooting in 2011, were all events that involved individuals that were previously diagnosed with debilitating mental health disorders.
Martha Bellisle is the author of “Gun Background Check System Riddled with Flaws.” She is an investigator and legal affairs reporter and currently an associated press, located in Seattle. She wrote this article in the last month and many more (Seattle Times, Marine Corp Times), which also consisted of mental illnesses and legal issues. I find her to be a credible secondary source, due to articles she has written and published for credible publishers. This article is biased, but will inform why gun control is a necessity and what exactly needs to be done to get it there, from one perspective. Martha gives specific details of situations when a NICS system could have saved lives, which I will use to research why it is not succeeding, and make it a part of my paper.
New analysis of FBI data shows federal background check system works in Washington State: More than 40,000 gun sales blocked to prohibited purchasers, including 24,000 sales to felons and more than 6,000 sales to domestic abusers. (2014). U.S.Newswire Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.tacomacc.idm.oclc.org /docview/1555273048? Account  id =36202 (Links to an external site.)链接到外部网站。
This article speaks about gun control, with the help of analysts, it will convey how background checks work in Washington State and how they can be improved. Between 1998 and 2014, more than 40,000 gun sales were prohibited due to the applicant failing a background check. Some ways to fail a background check are to be deemed to dangerous: being a felon, committing an act of domestic violence, and/ or being documented with a severe mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar, etc.). Sometimes people evade federal law through online transactions, gun shows and parking lot deals. This is a huge issue which is being amended through Initiative 594. Initiative 594 closes this loop hole, requiring everyone in Washington State to pass the same background check, regardless of where or whom they purchase a firearm. If this bill passes, there will not be any questions on who needs a back ground check, because every one will receive one if they would like to purchase a firearm in the state of Washington.
The article titled “New Analysis of FBI Data Shows Federal Background Check System Works in Washington State: More than 40,000 Gun Sales Blocked to Prohibited Purchasers, Including 24,000 Sales to Felons and More than 6,000 sales to Domestic Abusers” has no author, with a publication from U.S. Newswire on 21 August 2014. I found this article on the TCC database under Proquest, causing it to be credible. The United States Newswire is a service to organizations, Public Relation agencies, or companies to get the news out there. In this case, the customer was Everytown for Gun Safety Action, which is a movement of everyday Americans fighting for common-sense policies that will reduce gun violence, which has over 2 million supporters. The information in this article was all based on strong Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) data concerning background checks. This article is not current, I understand that it was written in 2014, but initiative 594 has passed since then. I will use this to show how initiative 594 has impacted Washington. The authors are biased, conveyed through their idea that weapons need to be properly sold and individuals need adequate universal background checks for all firearms sales. This article has given me more details of the gun control process and how it is constantly being updated to regulate the purchase of firearms.
Webster, D. W., & Vernick, J. S. (Eds.). (2013). Reducing gun violence in America : informing policy with evidence and analysis. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral.proquest.com (Links to an external site.)链接到外部网站。
This book is about proving the misperception concluded through biased news stories about gun controls. It is broken up into seven parts: keeping guns from high- risk individuals, making gun laws enforceable, gun policy lessons from the United States, international case studies of responses to gun violence, second amendment, public opinion, and the consensus recommendations for reform to federal gun policies. Each section has a specific essay written by an outside author, which is made up of facts derived from data analysis and other sources. For example, to show gun policy lessons, there is an essay about violent deaths which talks about how people have died with the aid of a gun. It then discusses what has been done to limit violent individual from obtaining said weapon. This book is a credible source with multiple view points on gun control, with the facts to back it up.
This peer reviewed book by Webster, D. W., & Vernick, J. S. title “Reducing Gun Violence in America: informing Policy with evidence and analysis was written in 2013. Webster, D.W has as Doctor of Science (ScD) from John Hopkins and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from The University of Michigan, and works as director of John Hopkins center for Gun Policy and Research. Vernick, J. S. has A Master of Public Health (MPH) from John Hopkins, as well as a Jurius Doctor (JD) from George Washington University working as a researcher focusing on the use of law and legal intervention. Between the two authors, they have combined 3rd party articles to display the needs of gun control. It is a great source written within the last 5 years containing lots of information. The book is a combination of essays written by many people, each with its own sources and evidence to aid in their findings. The book contains facts which speak to what is proven through data analysis. This book provides facts that will aid me in answering certain gun control questions such as, what exactly is our second amendment right, how has it changed, and what can be regulated without restricting our rights.
Williams, A. (2017). Analysis | how strictly are guns regulated where you live? Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.tacomacc.idm.oclc.org/doc (Links to an external site.)链接到外部网站。view/1910215275?accountid=3 6202
This article is about different states and their gun control laws. Many laws which regulate firearms are done at the state level, with few federal regulations. Laws such as red flag laws, relinquishment laws, assault weapons bans, high-capacity magazine bans, gun possession prohibitions for high-risk individuals, gun possession prohibitions for individuals with domestic violence convictions, and mandatory background checks. In all but six states and DC, it is legal to sell, transfer and possess a military style semi- automatic assault weapons. Depending on the state a military-style assault weapon is a weapon that includes features or attachments “that appear useful in military and criminal applications but unnecessary in shooting sports or self-defense,” according to an assessment of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. No matter what every state can agree that you must perform a background check. A background check can be performed while trying to purchase a weapon or through trying obtain a permit. Some states have more strict back ground checks, but most have similar laws. Laws such as prohibiting high-risk possessors, individuals with a felony or a violent misdemeanor, history of mental health, drug or alcohol issues, or those considered by the court to be dangerous. 
This article “Analysis | how strictly are guns regulated where you live?” is written by Aaron Williams.  Aaron Williams is a reporter for The Washington Post, specializing in data analysis and visualization, with a Bachelors degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. I believe this source to be credible because I found this article on Proquest through the TCC data base, and the article is for The Washington Post, which gets edited multiple times to make sure it is credible. This article is current written on June 15, 2017, making it useful and its sources useful as well. This articles information is presented through facts with a specific perspective on the states and how they influence the United States through gun regulation. I will use the facts of this source and its perspective to add a piece with my paper to create a bias of; “What is Washington doing right that is assisting its gun control?”         
Vizzard, W. J. (2015). The current and future state of gun policy in the United States. Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, 104(4), 879-904.
This journal is about current and future gun controls laws within the United States. The journal starts off telling you the history of gun laws and their impact. For example, the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) was a direct result of the multiple high profile individuals being assassinated, which gave birth to the Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA). Then the discussion goes into state laws and how some states handle gun control. Some were extreme with the complete banned of firearms others tried to get laws to pass on concealed carry but were defeated, and some wanted to do nothing. The state of Washington in 1961 was the first state to issue a guarantee concealed carry license, unless by federal law you could not own a firearm(laws that later banned guns). Due to the long processes to get anything done the public opinions and interest groups have declined in wanting more gun regulations due to losing interest (which has positively affected the sale of firearms). There is also a narrative that puts a good light on the owning of firearms to defend your home and situations of the same nature. This journal gives you a before, during and after sense of knowledge to fully understand gun policies within the United States.
This peer reviewed trade journal “The Current and Future State of Gun Policy in the United States,” is a written by William J. Vizzard, a professor of criminal justice at California State University, and a former agent in charge in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. These credentials make him an expert in his field, which. Within this article there is no bias, just facts on the current policies, how they came about and where they are going. There is a section that is strictly opinions, but that is used for the future events. It is written in a cause and effect narrative, which I find very helpful. This secondary source found on the TCC database, sites other sources; such as history and other trade journals. There is a lot of information in this 27 page journal, but it is easy to read, and has many strong facts on my topic (gun control). I plan to use the history presented within the journal, specifically the GCA to educate my audience on what was done in the past and how it has affected the present.
Aspen Prize winners for community college excellence
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