Brainstorming Starbursting Five Ws for Journalists


Use either the “brainstorming” technique, “starbursting technique,” or “Five Ws for Journalists”…

For each bullet write at least 1 paragraph (4-5 sentences) with 2 references.


Use either the “brainstorming” technique, “starbursting technique,” or “Five Ws for Journalists” technique to generate ideas for the topic. (Use “brainstorming)

State which topic you chose and the reasons why you chose the topic. Topic – “Telecommuting will be a new way that jobs performed in the next ten year”.

Identify which of the three techniques was the most productive for you as a way of generating ideas. Explain why. (Use “brainstorming” technique)

State which of these techniques you think you might use for future writing projects. Explain why.


Identify an example of an enthymeme you encountered this week in the media or in a conversation.

Create a syllogism based on the enthymeme.

Determine whether the syllogism is valid or invalid and explain why.

If invalid, identify the reasoning error that is present in the syllogism.

Analyze the syllogism of one (1) other student.


“Identifying Deductive & Inductive Fallacies.” Please respond to the following:

Locate a piece of advertising that demonstrates one (or more) of the deductive or inductive fallacies listed below.

Describe the advertisement example that you located.

Identify the fallacy you observed in the advertisement and describe how this is an example of this type of fallacy.

Explain whether or not you believe the fallacy is effective in persuading customers to purchase or use the product or service being promoted in the ad.

Informal ductive fallacies·         Fallacy of division·         Circular reasoning·         Either/or fallacy·         Reductio ad Absurdum


Informal inductive fallacies·         Hasty generalization·         Composition·         Pot hoc ergo propter hoc·         Extravagant hypothesis

·         False analogy

·         Slippery slope

·         Genetic fallacy

·         Appeal to authority

·         Appeal to tradition

·         Is/ought fallacy

·         Bandwagon

·         Appeal to ignorance


Describe your specific best practices for revising written messages and why these best practices work for you.


Choose one (1) of the scenarios listed here. Select one (1) appropriate report type for the scenario. Explain in 2 paragraphs why this report type fits the scenario, who the audience would be, and whether or not the report needs to be distributed externally or internally.

A company’s chief financial officer (CFO) has suggested to Human Resources that the group cut 100 jobs to anticipate another economic downturn.

A partner at Company X has discovered a new accounting software that will save the company thousands of dollars. She wants the company to adopt this software.

A chocolate manufacturer is introducing a new candy bar that will revolutionize its brand.


Please respond in 2 paragraphs to one (1) of the following three (3) bulleted items.

Go to one (1) of the Websites listed below to read the article of your choice. Examine the benefits and risks this research poses to society. Indicate if you believe there are more benefits or more risks associated with this research, and give a rationale with your response.

Examine the differences between DNA and RNA. Explain the main reasons DNA is the most favorable molecule for genetic material and how RNA compares to it in this respect.

Mutations are the original source of genetic variation. Explain how mutations can accumulate in DNA, given that cells have repair systems that fix mispaired nucleotides or breaks in DNA strands. Give an example of a genetic mutation with your response.


Please respond in 2 paragraphs to one (1) of the following four (4) bulleted items.

Go to the Science Blogs Website and read the blog post titled “Dichloroacetate and cancer”. Explain how the blog post ties in with this week’s lessons. Indicate three (3) significant ways this post tells us about the link between metabolism, apoptosis, and cancer, and provide an example with your response.

Go to the Postcards from Winticomack Website and read the blog post titled, “Using genetically-modified bacteria to fight cancer at Johns Hopkins”. Discuss the main point of the article. Determine at least three (3) benefits of the genetically modified bacteria described in the article. Give your opinion on what risks the genetically modified bacteria may pose to those receiving the cancer treatments.

Describe the major differences between Meiosis I and Meiosis II. Explain what you believe is the most significant difference in respect to sexual reproduction, and explain why.

Discuss the advantages of sexual reproduction in plants over asexual reproduction. Determine if there are any disadvantages, and explain why or why not.


Please respond in 2 paragraphs to one (1) of the following four (4) bulleted items.

Compare and contrast the Mendelian and non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance. Describe what you believe is the most significant difference, and explain why.

In 1918, an influenza pandemic that originated with avian flu killed 50 million people. Researchers isolated samples of that virus from bodies of infected people preserved in Alaskan permafrost since 1918. From the samples, they sequenced the viral genome, and then reconstructed the virus. The reconstructed virus is 39,000 times more infectious than modern influenza strains, and 100 percent lethal in mice. Understanding how this virus works can help us defend ourselves against other deadly influenza strains that arise. For example, discovering what makes it so infectious would help researchers design more effective vaccines. Consider this statement: Critics of the research are concerned that if the virus escapes the containment facilities (even though it has not done so yet), it might cause another pandemic. Worse, terrorists could use the published DNA sequence and methods to make the virus for horrific purposes. Determine whether or not you believe this research makes us more or less safe, and explain why. Propose at least one (1) other application these discoveries could be used for.

Go to one (1) of the Websites below to read the article of your choice. Discuss the main point of the article you chose to read.  Determine at least three (3) benefits of the genetically modified organism(s) described in the article. Give your opinion about what risks the genetically modified organisms pose to society, and justify how non-scientist citizens can arrive at an informed opinion in such matters.

Synthetic Life: the Revolution Begins

Engineering Food for All

Go to The New York Times Website to read the article titled “Concerns are raised about genetically-engineered mosquitos”, dated October 30. In your own words, summarize the pros and cons of using genetically engineered insects to control pests. Determine if you would be for or against the use of genetically engineered insects in your neighborhood, and explain why.