Reflection Paper

Chapter 4 : Chapter 5 : Watch the videos, and In this paper you will connect the written and video materials and your own socialization in terms of gendered identity. You should also expore your family, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, etc. Looking also at the role your culture on both the micro and macro levels has playing in these experiences. You may also offer alternatives for doing culture differently in the generation(s) to come. Weekly reflection paper (general instructions) READING In order to adequately complete the read & respond assignments, you need to read the entire content assigned.  READING RESPONSES The due date for each response is listed and follows the end of that specific unit. Your task is to select any theme from this weeks chapter(s) or readings and then braid them together with your own narrative voice as the third section (examples have been emailed to you.) Responses should be no less than 3 nor more than 4 pages in bookman old style or any old timey type writer font, double spaced and submitted via blackboard on the dates due, APA formatting required.  EXPLAIN & DISCUSS By explain, I mean: After completing the reading, take a moment to reflect. Then imagine how you might explain to a friend the key concepts, ideas and information from this reading that you think is most important to understand and remember. Ideas should be clearly stated and fully explained. By discuss, I mean: Express your own thoughts in response to the key concepts, ideas, and information from this reading. In what ways does it make sense to you? In what ways does it seem significant to broader societal issues? In what ways does it shift the perspective of the ways in which many people think? Etc. In what ways can you put these readings ″in dialogue″ with other things you′ve learned, in other courses, through your own experiences, with what you′ve learned from social media, popular culture, and news media, etc? USING QUOTES * Each of your response should utilize at least THREE quotes from the text that you engage, consider the following when using quotes.    * Quotes should be 1-2 sentences in length; 1 sentence works best.Integrate the quote into your paragraph; don′t just plot it down. * Include the author′s last name and page number of the quote at the end of the sentence in which the quote appears Plagiarism-How to avoid it! I. FIVE USEFUL PRINCIPLES OF WRITING IN AN ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT To understand the prohibition against plagiarism and your own responsibilities in this issue, you must understand the following five principles of the environment you are now entering — Academia. First: Knowledge is made up of many ideas built upon each other; what we know is a continuum of many different people′s work. Second: As a student you are a responsible and contributing member of the college community. Thus your work is considered a part of that continuum of knowledge. What you say is understood in this light; for that reason, it is very important that your mentors, and other members of the college community, know what work is yours. Third: The third principle logically follows from the first two. All scholars and students are required to give credit where credit is due by differentiating between ideas that belong solely to them and ideas that come from other people. More than a mere matter of courtesy, it is unethical for a writer to give the impression that he or she is presenting original work when that is not the case. Fourth: Honesty is not the sole purpose of accurately identifying one′s sources. When a writer clearly identifies his or her sources, others know where to find that information. What we believe to be true is a collaborative effort of a variety of individuals with their own backgrounds and opinions. So, for the sake of others who may want to explore your topic further, you must provide a means for tracing ″the continuum of ideas″ with which you are working. Fifth: Perhaps the most frustrating principle with regard to plagiarism(especially for new students) is that, even when it is unintentional, you are still responsible for the offense and liable for its consequences. Thus it is in your interest to familiarize yourself with the rules governing plagiarism in order to be absolutely sure that you are not unwittingly taking credit for material that is not fully your own. II. TIPS FOR AVOIDING PLAGIARISM Easier said than done!!! What if you′re writing a paper on family issues in the workplace, and you′re not certain if what you have to say is original? Everything you′d like to say seems to have already been said by one of the authors you have read. Here are a few tips: To avoid passing off the author′s viewpoint as your own, or to let it stand as a substitute for your own, you must first acknowledge the author, then go on to say why you think this viewpoint is or is not valid. In doing so, you have not only appropriately cited your source, but you have drawn a conclusion about the validity of that source and thereby made an original contribution to our understanding of your topic. Being able to paraphrase, or summarize, an author′s viewpoint without resorting to direct quotations is valued. It shows that you′ve read, and understood, what the author has said so well that you can use your own words to describe that viewpoint. Remember, when paraphrasing, even though the words are yours, the idea belongs to someone else who must be given credit; failing to do so is plagiarism. Direct copying of words or phrases without using quotation marks — even if the source is cited — is plagiarism too. Not only does this mislead your reader into thinking you wrote words you didn′t write, it gives the false impression that you understood the author′s ideas well enough to paraphrase them. Whenever you lift words verbatim from a text, they must be enclosed within quotation marks. Some words and facts don′t need to be cited because they are considered knowledge that is a part of the public domain or ″common knowledge.″ We all agree, for example, that Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492 (though we may differ as to whether or not we should celebrate that event), that the boiling point of water is 100 degrees Celsius (though different experiments will use this fact to different ends) and that Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn (though we may argue about the novel′s racial politics). These facts will appear in sources, and can appear in your papers, without a citation because they′ve been established by many different authorities. An author′s unique interpretation of these facts, however, requires a citation. If you are in doubt about whether a certain piece of information is common knowledge or interpretation, it is a good general rule to cite it. The format for citing authors will vary, depending on whether your area of study is in the humanities or sciences, but the need to avoid plagiarism by adequately documenting the source of your information remains the same. For further information on the different citation styles contact the writing center! This is a SOCIOLOGY class and so only APA formatting will be allowed on any and all papers and assignments. Concerns about plagiarism can be overwhelming, partly because it′s taken so seriously and partly because it′s not always easy to know whether or not you have unintentionally plagiarized. If the rules governing plagiarism still seem fuzzy, speak to a Writing Center tutor. He or she can help clarify what to many new students is a confusing and somewhat nerve-wracking issue. Ideas are the one thing that marks us as people, do NOT steal them! You are gifted, make your own path, your own words, your own legacy! I am here to help you succeed and as such, will absolutely not tolerate theft of ideas, the most horrid theft of all! APA FORMAT REQUIRED ON ALL PAPERS PART ONE-APA FORMAT VISUAL HELP PART TWO-APA FORMAT VISUAL HELP PART THREE-APA FORMAT

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