At this point you should have selected one of the social issues presented in weeks 2-4 (language and power; freedom and security; health and wealth) as the focus of your Case Study Project. For this assignment, you will begin to gather evidence from the course readings related to your chosen social issue. You will use this textual evidence to support your claims in your Case Study Project.
This assignment is worth 200 points (20%) of your final course grade.
Earning the maximum possible score on this assignment will require students to:
Step 1: complete all assigned components and answer reflection questions in the initial submission (earning up to 85% of the possible points)
Step 2: revise and resubmit the assignment and complete revision reflection questions (earning up to 15% of the possible points)
To see required components and associated points in the assignment rubric, please view this assignment through the Assignments area of the classroom and scroll to the bottom.
The deadline for initial submission of this assignment is the end of Week 5 (Tuesday, 11:59 PM Eastern).
The revision and revision reflection will be due seven days after receiving feedback on your initial submission or as specified by your instructor.
Connection to other Course Assignments
- This quote log will assist you in identifying details, examples, and information from the reading selections to develop and support your assertions in your case study project.
- This quote log will also help you to clarify and articulate the connection between the quote, your selected social issue, and your perspective on the issue.
- Moreover, this quote log will help you to effectively incorporate textual evidence in your case study project.
Step 1: Initial Submission (earn up to 85% of the possible points for the assignment)
Your initial submission should include all of the following components:
Review the course readings related to your selected social issue, select 4-6 key quotes from the reading selections, and complete the following for each:
- Give the bibliographic information for the reading selection source in APA format. This can be copied and pasted from the class week where the reading is introduced.
- Give the exact quote and page number (or paragraph number, if the source has no page numbers)
- Paraphrase the quote and provide an in-text citation.
- Explain why you selected the quote and how the quote relates to your selected social issue and your perspective on the issue
- Indicate your topic, thesis, and reasons
- Give 4-6 quote log â€œentriesâ€ where you provide the required information (see above under content)
- Review the sample quote log below.
- As a writer, you are free to decide how you use language, keeping the following in mind:
- style: your language choices should result in a consistent writing style that is purposeful and aligned with your goals
- readability: your language choices should ensure that your ideas are clear and easy to follow
- When composing your paper, think about the conventions for academic writing, including:
- punctuation: this includes things such as recommended use of commas, colons, and apostrophes.
- word-level accuracy: this includes things such as capitalization, spelling, word-tense, and usage.
- sentence-level accuracy: this includes things such as sentence boundaries, subject-verb agreement, and pronoun-antecedent agreement.
- Take time to review your language choices after youâ€™ve written your essay. Think about your goals for the style of this essay and your own writing habits (like using â€œtext-speak,â€ omitting capitalization, or writing sentence fragments). Revise as necessary to accomplish your style and readability goals.
- Reading your paper aloud is helpful technique when reviewing your language choices for style and readability.
Sources and Documentation
- You are required to use three sources for this assignment. Your sources should be selected from the assigned course readings on your selected issue (language and power; freedom and security; health and wealth).
- For each source, you should include APA-style reference citations and in-text citations
Format and Length
- At the top of the page, include your name, the assignment name, and a title that reflects your chosen social issue. (See example below.)
- Your quote log should be typed, double-spaced and in 12-point font.
- Your final product should include log entries for 4-6 quotes. Each entry should be about 150 words in length, for a total of 600-900 words.
Sample Header and Title for Assignment Submissions
Kim Lee (studentâ€™s name)
Social Issue: Education and Empowerment (title)
The reflection questions are to be answered separately. (They are not part of the quote log.) Post these in the “comments” box when submitting your assignment. You can number your answers or write the in paragraph form. Be sure to address all four questions.
- Aside from simply meeting the requirements, what were your personal goals for this assignment?
- When reviewing your language choices, what choices did you make to approach your goals for staying within or moving beyond conventions for academic writing?
- What parts of your work on this assignment are you most proud of?
- What challenged you in this assignment and/or where do you need additional support from your instructor?
Step 2: Revise and Resubmit (earn up to 15% of the possible points for the assignment)
Students who want to earn the up to the maximum possible score can choose to complete the following revision and revision reflection components of the assignment.
- Revise and resubmit your assignment based on feedback from your instructor, your peers, and/or your own writing goals. In your revision, track the changes from your first draft so that your instructor can easily identify where you made revisions.
- Use strikethrough to indicate areas that should be deleted.
- Use bold-face to indicate areas where you are adding content.
- Complete a revision reflection. The reflection questions are to be answered separately and posted in the “comments” box when submitting your revised assignment. You can number your answers or write the in paragraph form. Be sure to address all three questions.
- Which areas of feedback did you choose to address in your revised version and why?
- How did you address this feedback in your revised version?
- Which areas of feedback did you choose not to address in your revised version and why?
Sample Quote Log (first entry only is shown)
Social Issue: Education and Empowerment
Education and Empowerment
Contrary to popular opinion, education does not always lead to empowerment.
(1) Everyone does not have access to a quality education.
(2) Even with a quality education, lucrative employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
(3) Educated individuals may still face discrimination and other inequities that limit opportunities for success.
Anyon, J. (2016). Social class and the hidden curriculum of work. In G. Columbo (Ed.), Rereading America: Cultural contexts for critical thinking and writing (10th ed.) (pp. 136-153). Bedford St. Martinâ€™s.
â€œBasil Bernstein, Pierre Bourdieu, and Michael W. Apple, focusing on school knowledge, have argued that knowledge and skills leading to social power and regard (medical, legal, managerial) are made available to the advantaged social groups but are withheld from the working classes, to whom a more ‘practical curriculum’ is offered (manual skills, clerical knowledge) â€ (Anyon, 2016, p. 137).
Several researchers have pointed out that schools provide upper class students with the knowledge and skills needed for prestigious occupations. Such knowledge and skills are not given to students in the working class. Working class students are only provided with knowledge and skills for manual and clerical jobs (Anyon, 2016).
Explanation of quote selection and connection:
I selected this quote because it illustrates the difference in the quality of education students from various social class backgrounds receive. In order to get a high quality education that leads to well-paying jobs, you have to be a student from an upper class family. Without access to a quality education, it is impossible to have opportunities for success. Education will only empower those students who are lucky enough to receive a quality education.