Wednesday, March 28, 2012
In a second comment to this post, I'd then like you write a (substantial) summary of one of these sources. In this summary, you should clearly state the main findings, conclusions, or claim of this study. Then, describe the methodology of this study or how this source substantiates its claims. Then, identify a key example that illustrates the main finding or conclusion. Last, conclude by explaining why this source is significant (or how it sheds significant light on the topic you're exploring) and how it will contribute to your literature review essay. Your summary should be 250-350 words long.
Second, share your initial thoughts with the rest of class about what topic or issue you’d like to focus on for our first assignment. Don’t worry, you don’t have to choose yet or be absolutely certain, but I’d like you to explore the issues that you think are the most promising at this point. What sub-topics in relation to gender and homelessness interest you? Which ones would you like to explore further? Feel free to sketch out a few ideas or ask questions. The point is to get you moving towards a focal point so that our research seminar with the librarian will be as productive as possible for you on Monday.
Please post your response as a comment to this post.
To start class today, I’d like you to reflect on the stories that Allison tells us. What do you think she’s trying to accomplish by telling them? What is she trying to tell us (or persuade us) about women, poverty, class, sexual violence, or agency? What does she mean when she writes, “The story becomes the thing needed” (3)?
As you respond to these questions, identify at least one significant passage that helps you answer them and that you would like us to discuss together as a class. Please post your response as a comment to this post.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Jonathon Seals, hailing from Aurora, Colorado, is a diligent young man devoted to serving others. Having served as a Teen Attorney in the Aurora Teen Court Program, Jonathon gained valuable legal experience while providing guidance for troubled youth. At DU, Jonathon has taken the next step in his legal journey as a political science major, with future plans that include law school and eventually a potential corporate law career. He jokes that sometimes he takes his studies too seriously, and admits that at times he ends up sacrificing social time with late-night study sessions.
When he isn’t volunteering or studying the realms of the judicial system, Jonathon prefers to take it easy. At times he enjoys creating soothing melodies on the piano, perhaps after eating his favorite home cooked meal prepared by his mother: tender roast followed by homemade peach cobbler. You can also find Jonathon simply hanging out with his friends, a hobby that is extra satisfying because of his hard-working personality. He admits that he has never been the most active guy, jokingly calling himself “pretty clumsy.” But this year Jonathon hopes to hit the gym more and “try something new.”
Jonathon has always enjoyed writing, and he rarely dreads papers the way most college students do. As long as he doesn’t have to write poetry, Jonathon seems eager to grow as a writer, and he especially finds the self-reflection process rewarding. Jonathon’s inspirational work ethic seems to make everyone around him better, and I have no doubts that this will hold true for our class.
There is no title, label or box to put Mr. Zachary Munson in. At a young age, the Arvada native was already combating social norms. Although his father is an Episcopalian priest he early on decided to branch off and figure out spirituality for himself. His mother is a psychologist specializing in trauma and couples psychology. Recognizing that him and his mother share the same traits, he’s currently majoring in psychology with the hopes of opening up his own practice and working with adults.
Unlike many youths today, Zach has always been very politically aware. In his free time he enjoys engaging in a good political discussion with his peers. Zach’s leisurely interest also span across a vast array of interest. Hockey, basketball, lacrosse, even cooking pasta dishes, Zach enjoys it all. What I found interesting was that this athlete is also a vegetarian. He decided to make the transition after having watched a documentary about corruption within the food industry.
Zach feels very confident with writing. He took AP writing in high school and had an excellent professor who he felt truly challenged him as a writer. He was even required to create a college level portfolio in his high school writing class. Zach feels safer with analytical writing and less comfortable with creative writing. Overall, because he judges himself harshly, he rarely feels as though he has written the perfect paper. However, his inner critic does not stop him from truly loving the experience that comes with writing.
If you haven’t already seen her dashing around campus or tabling in Driscoll, then take the opportunity to meet Sarah Ford. Sarah is a resident Coloradan hailing from Durango, Colorado and Durango High School. Here at DU she says that she, “breaks the mold of a typical college student,” because of her involvement with many different organizations on campus including the Obama Re-election campaign. But college isn’t the first time that she has chosen to break the mold; in high school she described herself as the, “nerd” doing “all of the nerdy activities.”
Nerdy to some, but awesome to others, Sarah was a member of the Durango High School Forensics Team(Debate & Speech), as a member of the team she competed in National Extemporaneous Speaking. When she wasn’t debating national issues she was presenting them as the editor of the school paper. For a little more activity she also participated as a member of the school Softball Team.
Although she loved her life of reporting, speaking, and softball, she felt that she wanted a bigger city with closer connections during her college career, that’s why she came to DU. In what should come as no surprise, Sarah intends to major in Journalism and International Studies in the hopes of one day becoming a print journalist. She’s already well on her way to realizing this goal as she is already employed as a staff writer for the Clarion, having already covered controversial issues such as the Occupy Movement here at DU and in Colorado, the push by the RAs for Transgender bathrooms in the dorms, and the presidential election.
Despite her experiences in writing on campus, her performance in AP English means that this is her first writing class at DU. As someone who volunteers at a soup kitchen and loves journalism, she knew that this was class was right for her, even if she didn’t know which class she was picking when she originally signed up.
Sarah is a valuable contribution to the class and will surely aid others with her steadfast knowledge of all things journalism and her unique experiences.
Annie Wente is a girl on a mission. Since she was young she has dreamt big. At age five, she wanted to be a pediatrician because her grandfather always said that she was the only person in the family smart enough to be a doctor. However, as she progressed in school, she found that she hates science and decided to change directions. She is currently an International Studies major and a member of the Pioneer Leadership Program. She is considering adding a major or minor in Gender and Women’s Studies to prepare her for law school and work as an advocate for abused women.
Though she has high aspirations for her future, Annie thoroughly enjoys the present. She wants to “have fun being young” because she knows she will fondly reminisce on her college experiences for the rest of her life. Some of her favorite activities include skiing, reading, running, and baking.
Annie’s identity as a Catholic is equally important to her as her age. Her most memorable writing assignment was an open-ended paper in her religions class during her senior year of high school. The prompt was to reflect on everything she had learned in the class, and her fourteen-page product was a very insightful and personal reflection on the core values which direct her life.
This writing class has personal meaning for her, too. She connected with the issue of homelessness during a missions trip to a shelter in Chicago. As she talked with the women there, she was shocked by their life stories and the unforeseeable circumstances that left them without a home. She is excited for this class because it offers a chance to discuss homelessness and to create a meaningful impact in the community. Working at the Gathering Place will be an additional opportunity for Annie to serve others around her; she routinely volunteers at South High School by mentoring students as they pursue higher education and careers.
Monday, March 26, 2012
I interviewed Emma, using fun questions as well as ones regarding her past as a writer and a civically engaged individual. Emma became an International Studies major after realizing her passion for the subject through a class last quarter. Her name was selected randomly from a baby name book by her parents. Also, when she was five, her most prominent career aspiration involved becoming a famous opera singer. At this age, she chose this career path because of her desire to sing in a “high voice” and wear elaborate costumes. Although Emma has no favorite animal to speak of, if she absolutely had to select one, it would be the sloth. If she could eat any dinner at home, her choice would be vodka pasta, made from a recipe that a friend passed on to her family.
Emma’s most salient identity is gender, simply because she recognizes its utter significance. “In our society, being a girl is pretty significant,” she says. An identity that she is interested in further exploring for the duration of this class is religion; despite her current identification as a tentative atheist, she wishes to examine her own religious identification as well as religious issues in a closer light throughout this quarter.
Her past as a writer includes writing for her high school newspaper, which she greatly enjoyed. Presently, Emma writes for the DU Clarion; she is a staff writer and generally writes two articles per week. Despite her love of writing, an area of writing that she does not relish in the least is poetry. However, she does enjoy creative writing in its other forms that do not involve poetry. Currently, she is a member of the Social Justice LLC. Through this organization, she volunteers with the Human Trafficking Task Force on campus. A notable and well-received event put on by this organization was a “teach-in” regarding chocolate and slavery. For her Social Justice class, she worked in a group to create a video on homelessness, based on interviews conducted with homeless people, meaning that she possesses prior experience with the topics of this course.