Unit 4 Discussion

Due Date

Use the CANVAS SYLLABUS TOOL for dates/times to post initial thoughts and the due date to have all of the discussion completed.


The discussion is designed to assist you learn concepts in the class and to collaborate with classmates in this learning process.. Remember, we are using the PowerUps to help guide our discussion. We are focusing on quality content. Use the rubric and provided instructions to help you contribute to this discussion. To earn full credit, your interactions must be on-going and occur over the course of the discussion period. Checking in one-time to complete all of the “requirements” will not earn full-credit. You must stay active in the discussion over time.

Your post should have factual information and YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR PERSONAL THOUGHTS and OPINIONS on the topic as well.

Discussion Specifics

This chapter covers quite a bit of diverse material – We will focus on Exhibit 11.1 (or 12.1 in 5th edition) from your text here.

Review the clip from “60 Minutes”, “Stop Snitchin (Links to an external site.)

Read the article: Lewis, K (2015, March) When Rap Music is A Crime. The Atlantic (Links to an external site.)

  1. Provide a brief synopsis and your thoughts about the video and article.
  2. Do you think pop culture (music, television, music) has any role or influence in encouraging criminal conduct? Explain your thoughts.
  3. The media clip and article reference rap music. Do you believe rap music or any other type of musical genre of music encourage the exploitation of women and give a “thumbs-up” to crimes against women (e.g., prostitution, pimping).
  4. Can pop culture impact police investigations and relations with the community? How?
  5. What options do investigators have and what can the police do to combat this challenge? Can they do anything? Should they do anything? What is the real problem?
  6. Is the problem snitchin’ or is it something else entirely, like the police lacking legitimacy in these neighborhoods?



Be sure to use the PowerUp formatting for this discussion. Your discussions must incorporate at least three PowerUps. Please review the rubric for grading details.

You are not sending out a text message or tweet, so when writing your post, use proper English, grammar and writing mechanics. Make sure you include what you think about the respective section you are discussing.

Please use a question, then answer approach. Copy the prompts being asked in the discussion into your reply and respond directly to the prompts. This will help us to better understand what you are replying to.

Use the “Reply” icon to start your discussion. Once you type and spell-check your thread, use the “Post Reply” icon to submit your thoughts. Use can also review the Canvas video Links to an external site.on posting discussions.

Participants must create a thread in order to view other threads in this forum.


Using PowerUps as a guide, you will start by adding an initial response. The initial response is your initial thoughts to the prompts being asked so you can continue a conversation with your classmates. This has a different due date than the “overall” due date for the discussion. See the Canvas Calendar for specifics about the initial response due date and time.

For the initial response, you will contribute to the discussion by providing some background information followed up by your thoughts and opinions on the respective topic. It must be substantive and thoughtful dialogue. Use outside sources such as the news, Internet, popular media, your textbook, journal articles, etc to assist you here. Make sure to use proper APA formatting to cite your work if applicable.

Next, you will engage in dialogue with at least two classmate’s by asking questions, challenging ideas, and/or supporting his/her argument with material from the reading. Two responses is the minimum. You should engage in an on-going dialogue, even if it takes more than two responses. If a classmate or I ask you a question or challenge an idea, you need to respond. This is how we have a conversation and learn with each other.

There is not a minimum word count, however, you will need to add at least 3 – 5 sentences per PowerUp to adequately contribute to the dialogue. The on-going dialogue with classmates should, in theory, be able to continue a dialogue or conversation. Superficial dialogue such as “Good post” or “I like what you said” is not going to be appropriate for our dialogue. You must contribute much more to this discussion to earn full-credit.

What is a PowerUp

Remember: List or restate something you just read; then, add an opinion in your response. Use #remember

Understand: Ask a question that will help you understand what you read. Allow a peer to respond to your question. Use #understand

Apply: Organize what you read into something new. Include a poem, chart, timeline, diagram, or model in your response. Use #apply

Analyze: Examine a quote you read, and then compare it to a different text. Explain why you think they’re related. Use #analyze

Evaluate: Critique something that you read in a respectful manner. Cite text-based evidence in your response. Use #evaluate

Create: Develop a novel response based on what you read using text, video or other supplies to innovate. Use #create

Connect: Connect to an issue outside of your school. Think globally, and share how collaborated in your response (this requires actual action on your part). Use #connect


Resources for the Discussion

Canvas Guide How do I reply to a discussion as a student? (Links to an external site.)

Canvas Guide How do I view assignment comments from my instructor? (Links to an external site.)

Canvas Guide How do I view rubric results for my assignment? (Links to an external site.)

Canvas Guide How do I view the rubric for my graded discussion? (Links to an external site.)

Canvas Guide How do I view the rubric for my assignment? (Links to an external site.)

Canvas Guide How do I view rubric results for my assignment? (Links to an external site.)

APA and Research Resources to assist with this submission

APA and Research Resources