Research On Information & Interaction

Research On Information & Interaction

Turn on, Log in, Wise up


Read and annotate “Turn on, Log in, Wise up,” by Donald Morrison.

  • Identify the main claims and counterclaims, and annotate them with a few sentences each of your reactions. Make sure you explain how each counterclaim is discredited.
  • Note at least three claims or pieces of evidence that you find instructive and write annotations that explain how they relate to your own perspective on our relationship to technology.

Share your questions and ideas with the full class.

Article Notes and Questions

Work Time

Once you’ve had a chance to ask and answer questions, use “Turn on, Log in, Wise up” and these questions to add to your notes and to your growing understanding of the effect of digital connectivity on the way we take in information.

  • Morrison writes, “That’s how people stay informed nowadays: if the news is important, it will find us.” What does this statement suggest about the ways we interact with information?
  • What is newsworthy? What does the Internet prompt us to think is newsworthy?
  • How can Morrison’s essay help you deepen your argument for your own essay?

Open Notebook

Argument Essay Research


You’ve had several opportunities to read, annotate, and discuss articles. Now it’s time for you to do research. Take the skills that you’ve learned in reading, annotating, and examining arguments and apply them independently to new articles.

  • Use the Independent Research Workflow to guide your assessment of articles. Your teacher will briefly demonstrate its use.
  • Remember that when you do research, you’ll need to keep track of where you get information so you can cite it in your essay. Any ideas and any particular phrases that you get from an author other than yourself must be cited. Use the Citation Guide to help you gather and format the information you find.
  • Choose an article that you think might help you develop new evidence or a new claim for your argument essay.
  • Read your chosen article and write an entry in your Notebook that answers the following questions:
    • What is the main argument in the article?
    • If the article turned out to be helpful for your own argument essay, how will it help?
    • If the article turned out to be unhelpful, why won’t it help?

Open Notebook

Reading and Reflection


  • Finish reading your article and writing your notebook entry.