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Unit Two, Day 27 - Monday, October 23

What we'll do today in class:

Connection to course goals: The different outlines emphasize that a writer can make choices in terms of how to organize Essay 3. Analyzing the sample essays asks students to evaluate how effectively an essay meets the context, which can both show options for how they might write their own essays and encourage them to make more appropriate choices to meet that context.


  1. WTL: What are the "parts" of the assignment for Essay 3? What sections will your essay need to meet the context? (5 min)
  2. Discuss the WTL: Here you're after a list of the different parts of Essay 3, in preparation for seeing 2 examples of how these parts could be organized in the essay itself. The parts should include:
  3. Look at possible organizations for Essay 3.

(10-15 min)

OH #1

Thesis: Friends perpetuates gender myths at the same time as it tries to undercut or change some of them. As a result, viewers can have whatever view of gender they already believe--stereotypical or more modern--reinforced when watching it.


1. Explanation of what gender myths are in our culture in general.

2. Specific myth: Women are obsessed with appearance and clothes.

    • Proof that this is a viable myth. (i.e. support for claim about culture.)
    • Example from Friends of reinforcement - Rachel's clothes obsession
    • Example from Friends of resistance - Monica's attire in apartment and coffee house

3. Specific myth: Men are afraid of commitment.

    • Proof that this is a viable myth. (i.e. support for claim about culture.)
    • Example from Friends of reinforcement - Chandler and whiny girlfriend
    • Example from Friends of resistance - Ross's failed marriages that he wants to save but women don't

4 and 5: more examples like 2 and 3

5. Conclusion: How viewers might react



OH #2

Thesis: ER is so popular because, given the health care crisis and malpractice suits, people are afraid that doctors care more about insurance and money than taking care of them. ER helps us feel secure that doctors put our needs first and that accidents, when they occur, are taken very seriously.


1. Description of current cultural situation - Uninsured people, malpractice suites, people's attitudes toward doctors

2. Specific Way ER addresses these fears: Indigent patients receive the best care

- Example of drunks, drug addicts, etc. on show and care they receive

3. Specific Way ER addresses these fears: Doctors receive the highest level of training.

- Examples of the type of supervision and instruction Carter or Lucy receive on a specific show

4. Specific Way ER addresses these fears: When accidents occur, doctors are reprimanded and go into a crisis because they are so upset over their error

    • Example of Mark Green's losing a mother during delivery because he was overly arrogant about his abilities and the subsequent episodes that show his crisis and resulting "extra" attention he takes when diagnosing patients
    • Example of Elizabeth Corday's mistake administering a medication because of exhaustion and her fight to change the kind of hours doctors work

5. Effect on viewers

    • Personal Reaction and what I like about show
    • Interview with my mother about why she likes it
  1. After looking at the outlines, have them return to their essays and consider the following:

(5-10 min)

Transition: Now that you've considered the organization of your essay, and we've talked about all of the parts this essay should have, let's analyze some sample essays to see how all of these parts come together to meet the context.

  • Group activity to analyze sample essays for focus, coherence, and use of evidence.
  • (10-15 min)

  • Discuss group analyses of sample essays.
  • (10-15 min)

    IF TIME…

  • Based on your Audience, Purpose, and the thesis you just wrote, begin an introduction for your analysis. Feel free to ask for advice from neighbors while you're writing, or I'll be wandering to provide some assistance and feedback as you write. Keep in mind the goals of an introduction - get the reader's attention, set up your overall purpose and your topic, lay out your thesis and essay map, etc. (10-15 min)
  • Assignment:


    PHG, "Transitions" 301-303 for Thursday.

    Revise your draft for Wednesday's workshop on focus and organization