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Overview

At this point you should have selected one of the social issues (language and power) as the focus of your Case Study Project. For this assignment, you will begin to gather evidence from the course readings related to your chosen social issue. You will use this textual evidence to support your claims in your Case Study Project.

Due Dates

The deadline for initial submission of this assignment is the end of Week 5 (Tuesday, 11:59 PM Eastern). 

Content

Review the course readings related to your selected social issue, select 4-6 key quotes from the reading selections, and complete the following for each:

  • Give the bibliographic information for the reading selection source in APA format. This can be copied and pasted from the class week where the reading is introduced.
  • Give the exact quote and page number (or paragraph number, if the source has no page numbers).
  • Paraphrase the quote and provide an in-text citation.
  • Explain why you selected the quote and how the quote relates to your selected social issue and your perspective on the issue.

Organization

  • Indicate your topic, thesis, and reasons
  • Give 4-6 quote log “entries” where you provide the required information (see above under content)
  • Review the sample quote log below.

Sources and Documentation

  • You are required to use three sources for this assignment. Your sources should be selected from the assigned course readings on your selected issue (language and power).

 Assigned Readings:

McWhorter, J. (2012, August 13). Good applicants with bad grammar. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/13/is-our-children-learning-enough-grammar-to-get-hired/good-applicants-with-bad-grammar

Rushkoff, D. (2013, January 30). It’s not just grammar: It’s clear thinking. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/13/is-our-children-learning-enough-grammar-to-get-hired/its-not-just-grammar-its-clear-thinking

Haussamen, B. (2012, August 13). What good writing indicates, and doesn’t. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/13/is-our-children-learning-enough-grammar-to-get-hired/what-good-writing-indicates-and-doesnt

Truss, L. (2012, August 13).The harm when schools play down grammar. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/13/is-our-children-learning-enough-grammar-to-get-hired/the-harm-when-schools-play-down-grammar

Challenger, J. (2012, August 13). Consider the candidate and the position. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/13/is-our-children-learning-enough-grammar-to-get-hired/consider-the-candidate-and-the-position

  • For each source, you should include APA-style reference citations and in-text citations

Format and Length

  • At the top of the page, include your name, the assignment name, and a title that reflects your chosen social issue. (See example below.) 
  • Your quote log should be typed, double-spaced and in 12-point font.
  • Your final product should include log entries for 4-6 quotes. Each entry should be about 150 words in length, for a total of 600-900 words.

Sample Quote Log (first entry only is shown)

Name

Quote Log

Social Issue: Education and Empowerment

Topic:

Education and Empowerment

Thesis:

Contrary to popular opinion, education does not always lead to empowerment.

Reasons: 

(1) Everyone does not have access to a quality education.

(2) Even with a quality education, lucrative employment opportunities are not guaranteed.

(3) Educated individuals may still face discrimination and other inequities that limit opportunities for success.

Entry #1

Source: 

Anyon, J. (2016). Social class and the hidden curriculum of work. In G. Columbo (Ed.), Rereading America: Cultural contexts for critical thinking and writing (10th ed.) (pp. 136-153). Bedford St. Martin’s.

Quote:

“Basil Bernstein, Pierre Bourdieu, and Michael W. Apple, focusing on school knowledge, have argued that knowledge and skills leading to social power and regard (medical, legal, managerial) are made available to the advantaged social groups but are withheld from the working classes, to whom a more ‘practical curriculum’ is offered (manual skills, clerical knowledge) ” (Anyon, 2016, p. 137).

Paraphrase:

Several researchers have pointed out that schools provide upper class students with the knowledge and skills needed for prestigious occupations. Such knowledge and skills are not given to students in the working class. Working class students are only provided with knowledge and skills for manual and clerical jobs (Anyon, 2016).

Explanation of quote selection and connection:

I selected this quote because it illustrates the difference in the quality of education students from various social class backgrounds receive.  In order to get a high quality education that leads to well-paying jobs, you have to be a student from an upper class family. Without access to a quality education, it is impossible to have opportunities for success. Education will only empower those students who are lucky enough to receive a quality education.







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