Discussion on Social Class
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.
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
Updates from the field. Sharing data collection experiences in
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
+ 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?
SAPs TO A MULTIGENRE
+What is a genre?
1: a kind of literary or artistic work
2: a style of expressing yourself in writing [syn: writing style,
3: a class of artistic endeavor having a characteristic form or
+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
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
A list of genres
1. Picture book/Comic Strip
2. Poetry/song lyrics
3. Chart or Diagram with Explanation and Analysis
4. Brochure or Newsletter
5. Time Line or Chain of Events
6. Magazine or TV Advertisement or Infomercial
7. Leaflet/Poster Brochure Description
8. Short Story
9. Pop-up book
10. Newspaper article
More Genres you can try
Poems for two voices
Third person narrative
Dialog (written in play format)
+ Derek’s multi-genre project on Post-traumatic
Mick’s Multi-genre project on DUI experience
Working on your multigenre
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
Have a logical order between slides, parts, sections if you have
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
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
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:
Use of microsoft powerpoint slides
For multimodal presentations, you will find your own
sources. Here are some you can use:
Similar to standard research
Select a topic/interest
Conduct research using
Present your findings with
an academic language.
Different than standard
Writings of different
Writer is personally
Inclusion of visual elements
Includes audio-video text,
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
Working on your data: Preliminary Data Analysis
How to write a Movie Review?
Organizing our conference
Findings emerging themes and
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:
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
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
While I found X in my survey analysis, my interviews suggested
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
Place your topic in the center.
Surround your topic with the
genre writings you plan on
+ Researching and becoming experts on the features of
your selected genres
1) How is this genre used? What are the main features of
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
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?
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
1. Send your movie reviews to email@example.com
2. Read and blog: “As a result. Connecting the parts” by Graff and