I won’t be in class today as I am attending a Project-Based Learning Workshop. Mrs. Crosetto will be with you during my absence. Here is what you need to get done today:
- No Red Ink Practice
- Prepare for your Humanities on-demand writing assessment (this Friday). See below.
- Revise/review math and science SLC reflections #1. You have completed your first round of reflections in your math and science classes. Review what you have written, making sure what you have written is clear and thorough. Check that you have complete sentences, proper punctuation, correct spelling, and different sentence beginnings. Also, you probably should have some transition words in there as well.
Humanities On-demand Writing Assessment
Your humanities teachers are VERY kind as they are giving you the prompt beforehand for the on-demand assessment that you will take on Friday. MAKE SURE YOU PREPARE by following these guidelines laid out by Mr. Robinson (thanks, Mr. Robinson!). This is just a guide. Ms. DeGreef’s students, you should follow the second set of instructions. Follow the instructions of your respective teacher. Email your outline to me by the end of this class.
In what ways does society affect your identity?
From Mr. Robinson
Friday you will be writing an essay to answer this big question. This is the whole reason we did this unit! To help us prepare, let’s break this question down and see how to set up our essay.
“In what ways…”
First of all, this lets us know that we are looking for multiple ways. Keep this in mind as you brainstorm and prep today.
We need to define our society. When we think back to the definition of society, we know that society is a group of people. So, when you write, make it known who your society is.
To prepare today, actually write out and explain what you are talking about as your society.
I see two ways to define society that works for the essay. First, you can take a big picture view. In this approach, you’re looking at society at large. Do the values of your society force you to act or think a certain way? How do the cultural universals affect you? One example of this approach is that many of you moved to China for economic reasons – a parent’s jobs.
The other way to approach this is to think back to your society groups. How did working with this group affect you? You’ll need to be specific about the culture you established, the processes and traditions you developed. An example of this might be that you developed leadership skills because you had to step up as a leader in your group.
When you are thinking about your essay, choose one view (big picture or small picture) and stick with it.
Ah, the important verb! “Affect” implies that there is some change. Things were one way, but then they got all “affected” and now they are some other way. In the two examples above, you can see this. In the big picture example, you used to live in one place, but now you live in China. In the small picture example, you used to not be a leader, but now you know how to be a leader.
This is all about you. This is about who you fundamentally are as a person – the way you think and the way you act. In order to get to the heart of your identity, you will need to keep these meaningful. Don’t settle for things like “In my society group I had to be on Skype at 7 pm.” Does that really make a difference in who you are as a person? Instead, think about meaningful things like how living in China changes your view of the world or how leadership skills give you confidence and help you in the long run.
All of this information should be familiar to you. You have learned it many times throughout your academic career. You just used this basic format two weeks ago for your Lord of the Flies essay, too.
Your introduction is there for a few reasons. First, it grabs the readers attention. Start off general at the beginning of the thesis. Slowly, we will start to get more specific.
The introduction gets more specific by providing background. For this essay, you will need to define your society (see above) and give any relevant background information I need to know.
Finally,the introduction included your thesis. The thesis is the entire point of your essay, summed up in one sentence. Your thesis is based on the question. An example might be “Society has affected my identity in many ways.”
You need to provide three main ways that society has affected your identity. For each of these main points, make sure you give evidence and explain. Remember PEE (Point, Evidence, Explanation).
The examples I gave above are examples of ONE main point. How many do you need? Three is the magic number!
The conclusion wraps it all up. To write your conclusion, restate your thesis, review your main points, and wrap it all up!
From Ms. DeGreef
– In your notebook, brainstorm your ideas by considering the society you want to explore in your essay (Shanghai, China, your family, SAS, your basketball team…..) -Next, think of the cultural universals. Will you be exploring several universals (government, economics, values/religion, history, food, entertainment…) or will you focus on one universal? -Now, find the connection between the cultural universal(s) AND your identity. How is your identity shaped and influenced by the cultural universal(s)? -Once you have your ideas, ORGANISE them so that you can begin with an intro, continue with around 3 PEEE paragraphs, and then end with a conclusion. – -Remember, ORGANISATION + CONVENTION are standards for this essay.