You Ought to Know

You Ought to Know (15%)


  • Your work must be presented on a web based page, such as Populr (This is what I use for my syllabus. It’s free to signup and use.) Other blog-like pages, such as WordPress may be used, instead. 
  • You must post the link to your page on the CIDocs document “Web Page Links” found in the You Ought to Know folder.
  • Answers the question: “What is an important issue that a beginning student in your field should think about and understand?”
  • Identify the specific lower division course for which you would like to create the page. Your audience will be the students in the course. You want to build upon and deepen the professor’s presentation/lesson.
  • The web page must include a minimum of 3 outside sources cited in the text in MLA format and a works cited section at the bottom of the page, which is also in MLA format.

Draft due Week 12

Final version due Week 15


  • Choose a lower division course you have already taken.
  • Choose a topic you feel you have mastery of.
  • Topic selection should be of interest to beginning students in your major enrolled in a lower division major class (e.g. students enrolled in a 100 or 200 level business course).
  • To reduce your work load, you may want to connect this assignment with the Making A Difference assignment.
  • The web page should take a position, not just be informational. The topic should be something where there are differing points of view on the issue. Your page should have a clear main idea that reasonable folk could disagree about.
  • Content is your decision, but some areas of discussion that I will be looking for include: Background or history of the issue, discussion of how the professor presented the issue in class, differing viewpoints on the issue or theory, real life examples to help explain the issue or theory, supporting reasons for your position, links to additional information.
  • The web page should be graphically interesting for your audience. If copyrighted images are used, create an images cited section in addition to a works cited. Canva can be useful for generating interesting graphics to insert into the web page.


Nielson, Jakob and John Morkes. “Applying Writing Guidelines to Web Pages.” 6 Jan. 1998. Web.

Kleiver, Janie. “12 Crucial Things Designers Consider to Create Beautiful Visual Content.” 15 May 2015. Web.