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Quote Log

Overview

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.

Content

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

Organization

  • Indicate your topic, thesis, and reasons
  • Give 4-6 quote log “entries” where you provide the required information (see above under content)
  • Review the sample quote log below.

Grammar and Mechanics

  • Your paper should be written with consideration for the standards of academic writing, with attention to the following:
    • punctuation: this includes things such as 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 proofread after you’ve written your essay. Think about your own writing habits you might want to change (like using “text-speak” or sentence fragments) and watch out for those. Reading your paper aloud is a good way to catch any mistakes.

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

  • Your quote log should include a header consisting of your name and 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

Social Issue: Education and Empowerment (title)

Due Date and Grade Percentage

This assignment is due by the end of Week 5 and is worth 20% of your final course grade.

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.

Sample Quote Log (first entry only is shown)

Name

Quote Log

Social Issue: Education and Empowerment

Topic:

Education and Empowerment

Thesis:

Contrary to popular opinion, education does not always lead to empowerment.

Reasons: 

(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.

Entry #1

Source: 

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. Martin’s.

Quote:

“Basil 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) ” (Anyon, 2016, p. 137).

Paraphrase:

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.

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