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)
Types of student
The basket case
This works: students (set) are classified according to their social group (scheme). This list is fairly inclusive for the 1980s, which makes it representative rather than exhaustive.
What categories would you use if you were going to remake The Breakfast Club in 2017? Could it be done?
(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.