Ruby Payne Critical Thinking and Communication.

 Select one state in the U.S. You will be analyzing it in terms of profile of poverty, factors leading to its poverty, and interventions address/correct/lower/eliminate poverty in the state. Once you have selected your state, you are to research it with the following questions in mind: What are basic facts of your state in terms of poverty? How does your state rank in terms of other states? Higher poverty, lower poverty, average poverty? Area of state where most of those in poverty live? Is poverty fairly evenly distributed across the state? If your state has a high poverty level, why? Analyze the information you find and select the three factors that you find most important. Be sure to support why you chose those three factors. If your state has low rates of poverty, why? As above, analyze the information you find, select the three most important factors and provide support for them. What is the state currently doing to address its poverty issues? Find three things that the state is doing to correct poverty and give one brief fact about each of those elements. Do you think the things being done by your state will work? Why or why not? Support your thinking. Provide research that shows it seems to be working or not working. You can choose something that is going to be implemented. If you do this, tell what the state hopes to see happen. Do you think it will achieve that goal. Tell why or why not. Summarize the work that you have done. Pretend that you must tell someone about your state’s poverty issues in 4 or 5 sentences. What would you tell them? The research that you gather on your state will form the core of your power point document and should be the knowledge base that you use for the communications component of the project. The above questions are to guide the analysis and synthesis you do, but you should be very familiar with the overall condition of poverty in your state, how it is being addressed, and what factors have led them to where they are.Show that you understand your state’s situation. As you do this research, you will need to document your work using appropriate APA formatting. You need a minimum of 3 sources to support your work. These sources should be scholarly/creditable in nature. Examples of scholarly website addresses would be .org, .edu, .gov Wikipedia is NEVER an appropriate source for college work, and it should NOT be used. Blogs are not acceptable sources and should NOT be used. The best resource for APA formatting is, of course, the APA manual. Copies of the manual are available in our library. While there are internet sites that provide very good basic guidelines on formatting, the APA manual itself is only available in hard copy format. You should be formatting your work according to the 6th Edition which is the latest version. Below are three websites that provide excellent formatting help for many common citations: Purdue APA Help Link Cornell Library APA Help Page University of Maryland APA Help Page Citation Generators: (They will do your citations) Citation Machine Easybib (May charge a fee for APA style) If you are not sure if you are about to plagiarize something, here is a link from Turn It In that will give you many of the types of plagiarizing that can bite you. Turn It In Whitepaper This is used by permission from Turn It In You must cite all direct quotes and paraphrased information. In short, if it is not YOUR original idea, you need to cite it. Over citing is better than under citing. Under citing is plagiarizing. For your references cited slide, when you cite in APA style MAKE SURE that you have first line flush to the left margin and all subsequent lines indented one half inch from the left margin.

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