Appendix 1 Anchor Task

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Appendix 1 : Anchor Task


The Anchor Task has three parts to it: A hearing presentation, a linkography, and a personal reflection.


The Hearing:

Federal Hearing Called Regarding Copyright Law. All are invited!

The government of the United States is holding a hearing reviewing current copyright law. They want to hear from any group that would like to present its views as to how copyright law can be changed. Whether you agree with copyright law and want penalties for copyright infringement increased, or would like to abolish copyright law altogether, the panel would like to hear your opinion.

The panel will convene the hearing with a summary of the current debate regarding copyright. They will also be responsible for keeping time, as each group will have 10 minutes to argue their case in front of the panel, with 2-3 minutes for questions from the panel. Each group should have a well researched and developed argument as to why their opinions should be taken under consideration by the panel. Each group is also required to present to the panel a document listing sources of their information (a linkography), with comments on the relevancy of those choices. The group can also use visual aids, audio or video in their presentation. Each member of the group should have a clearly defined role. Each student will be assigned to one of 5 groups.

After all of the groups have presented, the panel will meet for approximately 15 minutes where they will discuss the merits of each of the four groups' arguments and come to a consensus on how and why copyright law should be changed, if at all. The panel will then reconvene the hearing and detail the recommendations they plan to make.

Presentations should show a depth of information, coherent argument and effective group work. Refer to the rubric in order to understand how each of these criteria will be assessed.



At the presentation, each group will turn in a linkography, which will be a document that lists all of the sites visited by the group as they do their research. The linkography should have at least 25 links to websites. Along with the URL and a description of the site, students should assess of the credibility and bias of the site and the usefulness of the site for their group. The students should start recording the sites they visit as soon as they are assigned to their groups. Linkographies should be robust, balanced, relevant and organized. Refer to the rubric in order to understand how each of these criteria will be assessed.

Personal Reflection:

For homework on the final day of the unit, students will be asked to write a 1-2 page reflection paper on the the web search unit. The writing should detail any new aspects of students' understanding of web search, credibility, bias and copyright law. Students should feel free to write personal reactions to the unit in the paper and especially the experience of the hearing. The paper should discuss how the student's personal habits have changed as part of the process, and how the student felt about his own path of engagement and learning. Refer to the rubric in order to understand how each of these criteria will be assessed. This is an important opportunity for the student to reflect on his or her experience, add suggestions or criticism, and summarize and internalize the lessons of this unit.