Today we move on to
a second type of response so that students add a differing focusing
and developing technique to their repertoire. We also review summary
by discussing the summary to either Zukin's or Gordon's article.
Throughout these efforts, we check their understanding
of the readings and the issues, building their sense of the multiple
perspectives and positions on the issue of consumerism and consumption
in America, clarifying that the discussion is more complex than
a simple pro-con debate. Today we also hold students accountable
for their reading of the newspaper by asking them to bring in
three clippings on issues they find provocative.
to Course Goals
(1) Discussing revision
(particularly of reasons and evidence) helps students develop
a strong writing process and a critical eye for their own writing.
It encourages them to write more focused and thoughtful responses,
as opposed to a list of unsupported reactions. Discussion of more
than one response type exposes students to the variety of focuses
and approaches for developing papers that are available to them.
(2) Careful reading and examination of multiple texts related
to the issue of consumerism and consumption in America provides
a model and illustration for processes students will apply independently
to the topical issues they select for Portfolio 2. Distinguishing
one article from another and coming to some deep understanding
of the perspectives and approaches of the writers being analyzed
will prepare students for their application of these principles
to their own selected issues in Portfolios 2 and 3.
Possible Sequence of Activities for Today
1. Introduce class session and take attendance.
2. Discuss news clippings and a few of the topical
issues students are seeing in their reading of the NYT.
Write a first draft of an Interpretive/Reflective Response
to either Zukin's or Gordon's article. Bring your draft
to the next class session.
Read pages 333-336 and 164-165 (a sample of an analytical/evaluative
response) in the PHG about analyzing/evaluating. Bring
your book to class on Thursday.
Read David Brooks' article, "Stuff and Nonsense,"
and Paul Krugman's second article, "Reckonings: Pursuing
Happiness." List each article's main idea and key
points as you would in preparation for writing a summary. Bring
your work and the articles to the next class session.