Social Class Reproduction

Four Rules for Teaching Writing:
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Always give writing assignments that

1. you will enjoy reading;
2. students will enjoy writing;
3. students will enjoy reading what others in the class have written
4. you will enjoy writing.

If any one of these conditions were not true, then it probably wasn't a very good assignment.

Advice I give to my students: When your words surprise you, you know you are writing.

Kinds of Essays Assigned

Irvin Peckham Post 1

 September 26 2013, 6:40 AM

List of essays you've written in your classes

Please list the essays you've written in your classes.  Work backwards from this semester to your firstyear.   Indicate the class and  year.  Just tell me what kind of essay it was--to the best of your ability in naming it.

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 October 8 2013, 8:15 AM

psych writing assignment

The only essay that I have had to write outside of this class was a writing assignment for psychology. It was on a website that we use to do our homework, and it was automatically graded by the computer. It was not really an essay, but it is the only writing that I have had to do outside of this class.

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 October 8 2013, 8:16 AM


So far this semester I have been asked to write three essays. And a few short essay questions on tests.
For the first two essays I had to write about teaching an instrument to a beginning student. These two essays were two pages longs and basically were informative and step based with no real argument or thesis.
The third essay I have to write will be a research paper due in one month. It will discuss the music of John Dowland and the performance practice of his day compared to that of today. In it I will touch on musicians and their music from the 17th century to now; from Dowland to Sting. It will consist of a strong argument and a formed thesis.

The short essay questions I have written have been paragraph long answers on tests. I always do best on these because they allow me to expand on my answer instead of just one word short answers. 

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 October 8 2013, 8:16 AM

Re: List of essays you've written in your classes

I have not had any classes this semester that require essays to be written what so ever. Last semester I was assigned several essays to write. As far as grading was concerned, grammar was not as emphasized as was content and structure of the essay. What my teacher really hammered us on was correct citation of sources and proper methods of avoiding plagiarism. As far as content of assigned essays, they were all on various African American authors.

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 October 8 2013, 8:17 AM

I Love Writing

I love writing, however, I have only been assigned one writing assignment this semester. It was two pages single spaced. I wrote almost 5 pages.
Here was the assignment:

"Politics of Location Statement/Moodle Post (25%):Your first assignment in this class is to write what is called a “politics of location” statement. This 2- page statement will explain who you are at this particular moment in time. Such a statement examines your self-identity—who are you and how did you become this person? In explaining your Self, you need to address issues of class, race, gender, and sexuality, among other things. For example, how has your class background influenced your identity? How has gender and ideas about gender influenced who you are and how you think about your Self? How does your race affect you and position you in this nation?  You are expected to post a copy of your statement to Moodle on the due date, as well as submit a hard copy to me in class. Then, everyone will be required to read each other’s statement so that we all have an understanding of the various experiences each of us operates out of in this class. We will follow up our readings with a discussion about which factors emerge as the most influential forces on people’s identities as explained by these statements. Since you will be sharing your ideas and thoughts, make sure that you don’t write anything in your statement that you aren’t prepared to share with others. Your evaluation for this assignment will be determined upon how well you express your identity in writing. Pay attention to grammar, punctuation, paper format, and overall sentence execution."

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 October 8 2013, 8:18 AM

I write essays

   I am taking 3 math classes and one english class so every essay I have written this year has been in this class.  The blog essays and the class journals come to mind.
  I wrote essays on the books, White TeethReading Lolita in TehranThe Kite Runner, and Things fall apart.  These works of art happened my sophomore year.
   Freshman year I wrote short essays on government topics in my Poli Sci 2061 class, as well as my Poli Sci 1000 class.

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 October 8 2013, 8:19 AM

Re: List of essays you've written in your classes

As an engineering student, I mostly write technical reports following some type of project. However, I did take a Shakespeare English class last semester and I wrote a minor character analysis on Lucentio from The Taming of the Shrew. I also wrote a soliloquy explication on Hamlet's famous "to be or not to be" monologue. I have also written a few autobiographical sketches and a career paper my freshman year. 

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 October 8 2013, 8:19 AM


This semester I haven't had to write many essays, as none of the classes I'm in have required any so far. I have short writing assignments in psychology as well as this english course but nothing as extensive as an essay. Last year I took both Mass Comm 2010 and English 1001, which required a lot of essay writing. I enjoyed both those classes because of the fact that we did get to write a lot. We wrote all types of essays such as autobiographies, informative, and persuasive. 

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 October 8 2013, 8:19 AM

Re: List of essays you've written in your classes

This semester (my 5th) I have only written one essay and that was in Louisiana History. The essay was on a very boring book we had to read, and was basically just used to ensure that read it. From the beginning she told us she was not going to check for proper grammar and everything because "this is not an English class" as she put it.
4th semester: I had to write short essays for my math 1201 class on my tutoring visits and she was as we put it a "grammar nazi."  Along with this I had to write about 4 papers for my EDCI 2400 class on the multiple observations and student teaching portions from different schools.
3rd semester: I was in biology 1209, which is a lab, and we had to write a final report on some of the data we collected throughout the semester. I was also in CHEM 1212, another lab, and I had to do the same thing as in BIOL 1209
2nd semester: I didn't have to write any essays, only lab reports and other mess like that
1st semester: I took ENGL 1001 and had to write more in that class than I've written in my other semesters. I had to write a paper discussing an argument, and some other ones I don't remember exactly. 

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 October 8 2013, 8:20 AM

Re: List of essays you've written in your classes

Essay on Rhetoric- I was asked to watch the presidential debate, pick a rhetoric and write about it, describing how it was used.
Argumentative essay to support or oppose a social issue
Essay to describe how you spent your last holiday

  Post 11 in reply to 1

 October 8 2013, 8:22 AM

Re: List of essays you've written in your classes

This semester
~5 page paper for history class from a section of a book, Agamemnon.
Spring 2013
~10-15 page research paper on Glaciers and sedimentary deposits for Earth History
~10-15 page paper on a Petrology field trip in the Piedmont region Alabama
~10-15 page paper on a Structural Geology field trip also in Alabama
Fall 2012
-Essays for Spanish class
-Musical performance reviews for Art of Listening class
Spring 2012
~15 page research paper on Tiger Shark dentitions
~10 page research paper for Electronic Music History class
-Physics lab reports
Fall 2011
~5 page paper for Physical Geology project
Spring 2011
-English 101 class, class topic was about witches, a lot of writing and papers all throughout this semester
Fall 2010
-Chemistry lab reports
-Physics lab reports

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 October 8 2013, 8:24 AM  Edited by the author on October 8 2013, 8:26 AM

In 2013: A case study of Glass Egg for MGT 3830(not yet due)
An ethics paper in ACCT 3121(not yet due)
Answers to HIST 2057 essay test questions
2011: Organic vs. Conventional Agriculture for SPCM
Hot Air Ballooning for SPCM
Business letters, memos, persuasive writing for Business Communication class
1999: Ethics papers for PHIL
Most of my classes have been business and technical classes with little writing. The emphasis on writing has only been stressed in my senior year, probably to prepare us to communicate with people in our field.

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 October 8 2013, 8:27 AM


So far I have only written one essay in another class. It was a historical/persuasive essay about the character of Demosthenes (a famous statesman in classical Greece). Demosthenes wrote many persuasive speeches trying to convince Greece to declare war against Philip II of Macedon. His speeches were some of the best ever written, and he would in fact persuade most of Greece to fight against Philip II. Even though he did often exaggerate Philip's actions against Greece, some historians argue that this was for the good of the country, while others say he did it only to further his ambitions. Demosthenes would succeed in getting most of Greece to resist Philip, but this led to their ultimate demise at the Battle of Chaeronea. I did get the essay back, and I made an A. 

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