For Wednesday, please read the following article: I Met A Convicted Serial Killer, And He Made Me Feel More Loved Than Anyone Else In My Life. No written response is required, but come to class prepared to discuss!
For Monday, read the following blog post, Cockblocking Rapists Is A Moral Obligation; or, How To Stop Rape Right Now by Thomas and write a one-page response.
Does the author make a convincing case that there is a problem? If yes, how? If no, why not? What does he offer as a possible solution? Do you think this is a good solution? Support all of your claims with evidence from the text.
For Monday, write a rough draft of the introductory paragraph of your research paper. This should contain a tentative thesis statement. We will be workshopping them in class.
Also, please read the following article: Sexting Leads To Teen Having To Register As A Sex Offender. There is no written response required, but you will want to be prepared for discussion.
Here are the assignment guidelines for Unit 4: EXTENDED, SOURCE-BASED, ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH ESSAY
For homework, please read them carefully and make a note of anything that’s unclear so we can go over it in class on Wednesday.
Also for Wednesday, please read this editorial, Teens Having Sex At Home: Should Parents Allow It or Forbid It? and write a one-page response. What is the author’s opinion on this question? How does she support her opinion? Use quotations as evidence.
For Friday, read the following article: You Don’t Know It, But Women See Gender Bias in Your Job Postings by Stephen Shearman. There is no written response required, but we will be doing an activity with this in class, so please be prepared.
Also, for your own research topic, please answer the following:
3) What kinds of venues of publication have the writers that you have selected preferred, and which venues seem to provide the most reliable information?
4) When did most writers you have selected publish on this topic — is the debate relatively new, or has it been ongoing?
Your answers should be about 2 pages long, double-spaced. Remember to use evidence from the sources to support what you say!
In honor of the Oscars last night and Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o, here’s an article on skin-color bias in Hollywood casting — one of the places where gender and race issues intersect:
Why an African-American Director Wouldn’t Have Cast Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave: If Afro-Brit Steve McQueen hadn’t made the Oscar-nominated film, a lighter-skinned actress might have been cast in the role of Patsey.
Read “Proposals” from Everything’s an Argument (pp. 273-288).
Read Benevolent Sexism: The Real Barrier Holding Women Back and produce a one-page annotation for the article. Be sure to include an MLA-formatted citation!