Significance, importance, relevance or value: The amount of interest students take toward school may reflect the interest they will take in their work and in their lives in general.
Decide whether you want to do address the set or system exhaustively (including all the parts) or a representatively (including just the major parts)—and then make that clear in your essay.
AT THE MINIMUM, your thesis should cover the set, scheme and significance for classification; for division, it should cover the system and the principle.
Everything you’ve learned about every type of parallelism is important here. Be parallel without being redundant or dull, though.
Confusing illustration and classification: yes, you need examples to show your classes, but the class must be clearly defined and explained first.
Lack of support or support that is not parallel: each class should receive the same treatment in your essay in terms of development. If you don’t have enough info, you probably don’t have a class.
Confused scheme, inadequate representation, or overlap within classes: your scheme must stay the same, your classes should not overlap (at least not in function), and you should be exhaustive or at least representative in your assessment of the topic.
Types of student
The class clown
Doesn’t work: categories can potentially overlap, and the same scheme isn’t being addressed (moving from year in school to grades to personality type)
(intro and conclusion 6-8 sentences. Body paragraphs 8-12 sentences)
Number of Quotes
Number of Paraphrases
# of Vocabulary Words
Submit to turnitin.com
But wait, this is a GROUP paper!
3 people = the ideal number. Can be 4, if you have 4 classes.
Synthesizer : You will take all the writings and put them into a fluid piece (which means adding transitions and balancing voice). You are the person who cements the cinderblocks. This is key because if voice and idea do not go together, the paper will be choppy and a failure. Oh, and pick the perfect title.
Key Writer: You will write the intro and conclusion, plus you will determine the voice. Your responsibility also includes turning in the TTAPP, which we’ll do in class. (Groups of 4 will split this role)
Director: You will give direction unto what needs to be researched, which parts of the paper will be written…you are the micro-manager! You will also do the final editing. Lastly, make deadlines.
Each write his or her own sections
Each perform his or her roles
Submit 200-250 word reflection – this will be submitted with the paper!
Each will submit the full RD to turnitin, and one person will submit the final.
Agree upon the avenue used in the intro and conclusion
Help each other…be kind – be firm
Maintain the integrity of guidelines
How things play out:
Examples and activities and group time and such. (POLYSYNDETON! BAM!)
EVERYONE submits a full rough draft (date TBA) – individual points
ONE member will submit the highlighted and labeled final to Turnitin (date TBA). Paranoid? Print me a hard copy.
Reflection (EVERYONE) to Turnitin by 7:30 AM
Your topic – Pop Culture
Popular culture (or "pop culture") refers to the cultural meaning systems and cultural practices employed by the majority of classes in a society. The worst imdb movies, the top “earworms” on the Billboard charts, terrible early 2000’s fashion trends, Boy Bands, the most widely read books—regardless of literary talent—and the worst of the misguided superhero sequels are important elements of U.S. popular culture.
Think about: music, movies, the internet, politics, fads, trends, icons, fashion, celebrities, what’s hot . . . what’s not.
Be sure somehow in your paper that you address how your vein of pop culture reflects historical trends, affects the rest of the world’s understanding of us, affects politics, etc.—in other words, what makes it more than cultural bubblegum?
Need Ideas for topics? (Write what you know!) You could classify . . .
Music, movies, the internet, fads, politics, trends, memes, tweets – types of tweets, reasons why people have twitter, tech gadgets, icons, fashion, celebrities, televisions shows, Instagram (users, types of posts, relationships, pics posted), et cetera.
TODAY: Check out NPR’s Monkey See blog (linked on my website) and come up with 5 potential set ideas that you could classify. Begin working out possible schemes, classes and significance.
Classification Essay Checklist
Choose a partner/group
Identify roles: Synthesizer, Key Writer, Director
Get set/classes approved
Get TTAPP approved (in class)
Be sure POV is 3rd person!
Create clever names and definitions for each of your three classes.
Decide who will be writing each of the body paragraphs.
Select 10 vocabulary words – assign to areas of the essay.
Assign who will find the source/sources and identify where your two paraphrases and three quotes will be placed. Assign who will write the works cited page.
Director will assign deadlines and identify what will be completed during in class work time.
Director will identify last day body paragraphs will be given to the synthesizer and when the key writer will submit the intro and conclusion.
Director will identify when the synthesizer will provide full copy of the paper for peer editing, and everyone will submimt it.
Ensure body paragraph order matches the thesis.
Ensure that body paragraphs follow prescribed pattern.
Ensure that the voice is consistent and that the purpose is maintained throughout the entire paper!
Each group member will submit a rough draft on the due date for editing to Turnitin.com. We will edit in class.
Make arrangements for how to receive final draft & what revisions need to be made. One group member will submit.
Each group member will write his/her own 200/250 word reflection. This must be submitted to Turnitin online before the due date.
One group member will submit his/her final draft of the paper to Turnitin.
As always, tech bytes:
BACK UP YOUR TECH! Google Drive is a good idea.
Turnitin.com DID NOT SUBMIT unless you get a receipt & a confirmation #. Log out and log back in for Canvas submissions to be sure it submitted!
If tech fails you . . . You have options!
CALL MY VOICEMAIL before the deadline and explain the situation. We’ll negotiate what needs to happen next.