ENGLISH 145Discussion on Social ClassBrainstroming/Drafting Multigenre/multimodal work
Bonus Point: University Event Wellness and Environmental Fair: Healthy you, healthy earth. Great event for those of you who are doing research on mental and physical health. You can use this as part of your data! November 17th Brown Ballroom10 AM TO 3:00 PM.
Reminders Continue your data collection. For next class, bring hard-copy and electronic versions of all your data with you. On Thursday, we will do some preliminary data analysis with those who have some data. Even though it’s only one interview, bring it with you. If you don’t have any data yet, bring all the electronic sections of your SAPs. Movie Reviews are due on November 18. Make your decision and report back on Thursday. Still Having trouble collecting data? See me in my office hours ASAP. I’m here to help. Readings for next Tuesday’s discussion will be on the impact of globalization. They are posted in the digital reserve of English department. If you have not presented yet, come and see me after-class. Next Thursday (Nov. 13th)-- No Class-- Extra time for your data collection
Agenda Updates from the field. Sharing data collection experiences in your blogs. Class Discussion on Social Class What’s multigenre? What’s multimodal text? Brainstroming/drafting possible multigenre assignments
Wealth disparity in the U.S Focus: Racial Differences in Wealth accumulation in the U.S. Questions: Why do the wealth portfolios of blacks and whites vary so drastically? What type of obstacles and challenges do college students from different class background experience? Are they disconnected to the college environment? Are there any discouragement and a sense of inadequacy due to language and cultural differences?
Let’s do the social class questionnaire together and conduct some data analysis Answer the Social class questionnaire of our Discussion # 6. Exchange your answers with one of your classmates. Read and analyze the answers carefully. If there are any questions you have, ask your classmate to elaborate for you. Write one paragraph about the main themes that emerge from your classmates social class questionnaire? What are some of your findings of the survey questionnaire?
Blogging/Free writing on Social Class and wealth disparities What are the three racial differences in wealth accumulation in the U.S. the author mentioned in the article? Who did they interview to explore the wealth disparities in races? What were the authors findings article? What themes emerged from this study? What solution in regard to policies do the authors recommend to eradicate racial inequality in wealth between races? Based on what you read in “Working-class students speak out”, What’s your story of coming to college? What obstacles, incentives, and challenges do you experience in college? Which speaker did you most relate to?
CONVERTING YOUR SAPs TO A MULTIGENRE PRESENTATION
What is a genre? Genre (noun) 1: a kind of literary or artistic work 2: a style of expressing yourself in writing [syn: writing style, literary genre] 3: a class of artistic endeavor having a characteristic form or technique.”
Multigenre writing: A creative component of your SAPs A multi-genre project is a project that will use a mix of genres to create your own work based on your SAPs. The main aim of this project is to help you explore a social action issue that you care and more importantly expand your understanding of genre and academic writing. You will be given a chance to use a wide range of genres in your own creative projects. Remember that your presentation must contain at least two “genres”
REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE LIMITED ONLY BY YOUR IMAGINATIONS!
A list of genres Picture book/Comic Strip Poetry/song lyrics Chart or Diagram with Explanation and Analysis Brochure or Newsletter Time Line or Chain of Events Magazine or TV Advertisement or Infomercial Leaflet/Poster Brochure Description Short Story Pop-up book Newspaper article
More Genres you can try Poems for two voices Photograph poem Haiku Third person narrative Interior Monolog Dialog (written in play format) feature stories Dear Abby Comic strip Labyrinthine sentences Lists Repetitions Memos Business letters Friendly letters
Derek’s multi-genre project on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Working on your multigenre presentation Use more than one genre. Make your decision soon so you can get started. Make sure that your multi-genre assignment is both text-heavy and visual-heavy. Have a logical order between slides, parts, sections if you have any. Make sure you include your Research Focus. Inform and persuade your audience ( I would encourage you to use your lit/ review, interview quotes, survey results, and an “action plan”)
What is multimodal? Multimodal assignments take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies that include social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, file sharing sites such as Flickr, and an emphasis on immediate, content-driven publication rather than a knowledge of programming skills (Peek 17). Gaining successful communication skills in paper and electronic environments. For the presentation of your SAP, you can also make use of various social networking sites (facebook, twitter, wikis, blogs)
Videos: Imovies, youtube. Making your graphic videos: http://www.xtranormal.com/ Wordpress: http://wordpress.com/ Blogger Blogger.com Powerpoint Use of microsoftpowerpoint slides For multimodal presentations, you will find your own sources. Here are some you can use:
Multigenre/multimodal writing Similar to standard research papers Select a topic/interest Conduct research using standard methods Collect information Process information Analyze data Present your findings with an academic language. Different than standard research papers Writings of different genres/creative pieces Writer is personally engaged Inclusion of visual elements Includes audio-video text, podcasts. Powerpoint presentations
Assignment Bring your data to class. Work on a draft of your multigenre/multimodal presentation. Check the movie list from your syllabus and decide what movie you would like to see
Agenda 11/ Working on your data: Preliminary Data Analysis Multi-genre presentations How to write a Movie Review? Organizing our conference
Findings emerging themes and categories Analysis is a breaking up, separating, or disassembling of research materials into pieces, parts, elements, or units. Reread your data and search for types, classes, sequences, processes, patterns, or wholes. The aim of this process is to assemble or reconstruct the data in meaningful or comprehensible fashion (Jorgenson, 1989: 107).
Emerging categories Rather than bringing your own assumptions or preconceived categories and themes, you need to reread your data and find themes that recur in your data. So, categories are defined AFTER you worked on your data. Example # 1: What is the benefit of youth mentoring program? Responses to this question were sorted out: Benefits to youth, benefits to family, benefits to community. Identify direct quotes and use them as evidence to support your themes.
Some key language you can use… The interview results suggest…the survey results reveals…my analysis of media demonstrates…my analysis on women’s photos sheds light to… Some of the common themes emerging in the data includes: One of the most intriguing responses that X gave is “….” This is important because…… While I found X in my survey analysis, my interviews suggested that….
Let’s analyze your data! Have your data in front of you. Read your data carefully. Fill out the worksheet. Begin to draft your data analysis.
Planning Through Mapping Make a semantic map of your plan for your multigenre report. (Feel free to use google to see what genres are used to explore the social issue you’re working on) Place your topic in the center. Surround your topic with the genre writings you plan on using.
Researching and becoming experts on the features of your selected genres 1) How is this genre used? What are the main features of it? 2) What is an example of your genre? 3) Find a visual of the format 4) Why do you think this genre (or the collection of genres) will be a good way to promote your SAPs?
Blog about your plans in multigenre/multimodal component of your SAP A project on: WWI “There are many genres I could use to show my information. I will use brochures to show which countries were involved in World War I, a timeline to illustrate the causes of World War I, a catalog to show the variety of equipment used in the war, a poem and an editor’s column to portray people’s reactions to the war and how it affected them, and an obituary to show those who died. I can place them all in a poster with some photos and laminate the whole poster”
Blogging about your SAP multigenre/multimodal plans What genres do you plan on using for your SAP? How are you planning to compose them? What sources can you use to compose your SAP? Do you plan on using any multimedia? What information will you be sharing in your musltigenre SAP?
Assignments Read for the discussion # 7: On Globalization Continue with your data collection Bring ideas/drafts of your multi-genre presentation to class. For those of you who are already done with data collection, feel free to bring a copy of data analysis on Tuesday. Next Thursday (11/18): INDIVIDUAL WORK/NO CLASS MEETING Send your movie reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org Read and blog: “As a result. Connecting the parts” by Graff and Birkestein