Summary of Issues and Proposed Changes assignment


Note: This assignment is the fourth in a series of 4 assignments on the same topic, due in Weeks 2, 5, 8, and 10. The assignments build upon each other.

As described in the assignments due in Weeks 2, 5, and 8, you wrote two articles (Parts 1 and 2) as if you were an investigative reporter who has been assigned to research important issues (ethnic, racial, gender, or class) that are affecting people in a local area, workplace, or specific part of the world. The articles are for a major publication (magazine or newspaper). Your goal was to provide both an in-depth analysis of and put a human face on an issue. After publication, your editor has asked that you provide a summary of your articles using Google Slides or PowerPoint for a meeting of the National Association of Journalists, so the members can determine if the series should win one of its top three prizes for investigative reporting.



Develop a 10–12 slide presentation in which you:

  1. Revise the ideas and concepts from Parts 1 and 2 of your articles, based on your professor’s feedback, to include the ideas in your presentation as needed.
  2. In addition to posting to the discussion board, submit the presentation to the assignment location to receive credit.

Your slide deck should:

  1. Introduce the topic area with a quote, question, and/or statistic, along with an overview and a thesis statement. (Grab the audience’s interest.)
  2. Highlight 3–5 major historical factors (social events/attitudes, wars, laws, economy, political environment, et cetera) in the past 50–100 years that have contributed to the current issue(s)/problems for this topic area. 
  3. Highlight 3–5 major current issues/problems (economic, social, political, legal, et cetera).
  4. Describe 1–2 groups of people affected by the issue/problem, including 1–2 quotes and/or paraphrased comments from the people affected.
  5. Propose 2–3 changes (economic, social, political, legal, et cetera) that could possibly improve the situation.
  6. Highlight 2–3 likely challenges (economic, social, political, legal, et cetera) to achieving the proposed change(s).
  7. Provide a brief logical response to each of the challenges. 
  8. Highlight 2–3 possible benefits (economic, social, political, legal, et cetera) that could be realized following the proposed change(s).
  9. Include 2–3 thought-provoking questions to which the audience should be asked to respond.
  10. Provide a summary of the articles you have written that includes a quote, question, and/or statistic, along with a call for readers to respond by taking some specific action.
  11. Include commentary notes for the presentation in the notes section of the deck.
  12. Include meaningful headings, short, bulleted lists, and 2–4 visuals (photographs, charts, and/or graphs).
  13. The last slide will include the source list for the paper.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

  • Create a presentation of the challenges and benefits of the proposed changes to societal issues and problems concerning class, ethnicity, gender, or race that reflects increased cultural knowledge and self-awareness. 

Genogram and Ecomap

Purpose: This activity will assist you in thinking about your own systems. Genograms and Ecomaps are two different tools that can be used in assessing clients. At times, a small genogram is a part of the Ecomap; representing the Family System (See Figure 12.3, 12.3, 12.4, 12..5 in your text).

To Do:
a) Create your Ecomap (with the Family System Genogram) being represented in the middle.
b) Use the symbols from your text or from your additional readings for both the ecomap and the genogram.
c) Please include a Symbol Key on your document for reference.
d) I would like 3 generations represented in the Family System. (eg. You, your parents, your grandparents) or (Your children, You, Your parents).
e) The systems that you identify should be specific to you. They can also impact your entire family system, but need to

Tips: There is software that you can use to develop your Ecomap easily. I generally use Microsoft Word and use their Smart Shapes tool. I will also accept a hand-drawn ecomap, but ask that it be done in a way that is thoughtful and clear. Please save and attach to this assignment dropbox. You will get feedback to help as you are preparing for your first paper.

Important: If you utilize a genogram software program your final submission MUST be saved in Microsoft Word, PDF or JPEG format. (I am not always able to open up other types of documents.)15 attachments slide 1 of 15