Many online news sources participate in weekly Q & As. I often find myself saddened by the fact that I never seem to have the time to include myself in the conversation. I sadly console myself, however, with the archived texts. These Q & As are valuable resources for discussing ethos/logos and authorial voice. I find that students struggle to understand and identify these.
Since Q & As are short exchanges everything must be condensed. It gives students a great opportunity to examine how “discussion leaders,” even when prodded, stay on task and logical. Have students read, write, or discuss. You could easily treat each question and answer as a short passage. You can also have students examine the angrier language used in the questions versus the even responses of the answers. Below are some screenshots from the Q & A with Scott Rosner at The Washington Post this week on the topic of (what else) the NBA Lockout.
Using Online Q & As