Activity 2:

For the following 2 ABs, help the authors get more specific. Ask questions, make suggestions. Remember the 4+ sentence structure:

  1. Author, qualifications, thesis
  2. Type of evidence provided
  3. Audience
  4. Purpose

  1. How does the source help you in your research?

Does the author follow this structure? What’s missing? Why might it be important? What is here that goes beyond the suggested format? Why might it be important or misleading (according to the purpose of an AB)?


Priestley, J. L. (2014, July). 2013 Report on Homelessness. Retrieved March 8, 2017, from

Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs, a subset of Georgia’s state government released “2013 Report on the Homeless” where they address the how the government defines homelessness, increasing and decreasing homeless population in counties, how long a person remains homeless on average in Georgia and more. All of the state’s conducted statistics come from credible sources and are based on homeless communities is found throughout the report from graphs, data tables, maps and tables relating specifically to the addressed issue. The main point of the article is to bring awareness and track shifts in homelessness throughout Georgia, by analysing shifting populations, densities and recurrence rates in Georgia. The intended audience is the civil rights activists, population and social class analysts and those who deal with and are interested in solving homeless community issues in Georgia. This article brings up real statistics of changing demographics of homeless people’s population, it also shows where there is more emphasis or demand to reduce the problem based on how large the issue is in certain areas.


Baumann, Gray, Gregorich, and Grigsby wrote the article “Disaffiliation to Entrenchment: A Model for Understanding Homelessness” explaining the diversity and the complex problems the homeless population faces plus the solution to fix the issues. The researchers conducted a survey of 166 homeless people in Austin to identify the four clusters in the population.  The four clusters were recently dislocated, the vulnerable, the outsiders, and the prolonged. The article informs the reader on the four different types of homeless clusters and each of their unique characteristics. Each of the four clusters have their own problems and different solutions needed to correct these problems. The target audience tends to be more of an academic one, because of the language used in the article. The article being published in a social issue journal focuses on researchers and scholars in the sociology field.

A scholar who wanted to focus on the diversity in the homeless population and how each group functions differently in society might found this article interesting.