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Source Analysis Template:



Pick one of the sources you will be using for your research project and follow the steps outlined below:


  1. Read the article critically (using the strategies for the short essays assignments).


  1. Answer the following questions:

What is the article/text about?

-   This article is about school shootings and the patterns and warning signs that often are seen before and sometimes after the tragedy hits. For example, the Newtown shooter there was problems and mental issues with the kid from the start but yet nothing was done as pre caution and people wonder why did it happen there a nice little community town.


What is the underlying message of the article/text?

-  The underlying message of the article text is the question around the Newtown town is how could have this happen here a picture perfect country town with very good schools, quiet streets and a strong knit community. But that’s the problem most school shootings in America happens in places like this in fact sixty percent of school shootings happens in places like Newtown, CT where gun violence is common and tragedy strike more often than not despite the community being close and safe.




What evidence does the author use to back up his/her claim?

The evidence author use to back up his claim is he and his research team two years trying to understand school shootings and how it happens and the signs and the whole nine yards. Kentucky and Arkansas is the two places where school; shootings is quite often and common since the late 1990s. They have combined records of every shooting kind in the U.S and interviews of shooters friends teachers family etc. and a picture has been discovered that makes sociological sense and sheds some light as to why the Newtown case shootings happened, Rampage shootings are never spontaneous. They are planned, often for months in advance.





What is the bias of the author(s)? How will that affect the perspective of the article/text?

The author really has no bias as the author covers all perspectives of school shootings rampage. The author covers in the article text is; rampage shootings are never impulsive. They are often planned, at times months in advance. One reason shooters do these actions is that they are trying to solve a problem, their peers has a lot to do with this as they tend to see the shooters as unattractive losers, weak and unmanly. The shooting is the last action in a long drama: a search for acceptance and recognition. The earlier acts of acceptance and recognition fail so this is their last resort. Yet once the shooter starts to talk about killing people, isolation can turn to enclosure. If so many clues are out there, why don't more people see them? One reason is High-school teachers see students less than an hour a day, and rarely compare notes with other teachers, even after witnessing worrying behavior. Would gun control help? Yes and no. But gun control is not enough. A determined person will find a way to get their hands on a gun. One way to minimize tragedy such as Newtown along with others is by assure that adults that closely connected to the kids (shooters) make themselves available to kids in completely secret scenery, encouraging them of their privacy when they take that risky step (in the shooters view to take the cap of the bottle of their emotions) to come forward.



How will you use or incorporate that information into your project?

How I will use this information into my project is towards the idle of the project address the questions/issues what patterns/warning sigs are there what all shooters have in common at least and where does this take place and look at all the recent major shooters and compare and contrast and what can be done in school at home r among friends to avoid another tragedy like Newtown.



  1. 3.               Be sure to properly cite the source. The source analysis should be between 1 to 2 pages max. It does not have to be in the form of an essay.


Newman, Katherine. "In school shootings, patterns and warning signs ." CNN. Cable News Network, 17 Dec. 2012. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. <http://www.cnn.com/>.

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