Friday, September 9

In class today, you warmed up with your new peer review groups, working as a team to add additional information to the class google docs based on your readings of William’s Keywords, Noxon’s Rejuvenile and the episode of the podcast Backstory that focused on Young Americans.

Section C2: Google Doc

Section J5: Google Doc

Section B2: Google Doc

Next, we talked through the concept of an annotated bibliography, why it is useful to write an annotated bibliography for research projects, the basic structure of an annotated bibliography and the goals you should aim to accomplish when creating your own for your definition paper. The Powerpoint on this topic is available on TSquare under the Resources tab. We will talk specifically about how to create an MLA citation on Monday as well as practice creating an annotation, so bring 3 external sources to class on Monday (see homework below).

In sections C2 and J5, we looked at the formal definitions in Raymond Williams’s Keywords, compared them to the kinds of definitions you will be


Harlem Newsboy, from Young Americans episode of Backstory

writing in the coming weeks, and the ways in which the definitions have evolved and changed, both on a langage level and a social/cultural level.

Then, we talked through the Backstory podcast “Young Americans: History of Childhood.” We looked briefly at some of the rhetorical and structural characteristics of the podcast that made it a successful oral communication, as well as some of the rhetorical appeals made by the creators. Then, we talked about the changing ideals of the earning child versus the priceless or precious child and the economic realities that have helped to shape childhood and adulthood as concepts.


rejuvenilecoverIn section B2, we had very little time left after discussing Annotated bibliographies, but we fit in 5 minutes of discussion on the Rejuvenile chapters by Christopher Noxon. We talked about the appeals of the text and the ways in which he built his ethos and pathos. We also looked specifically at Noxon’s invented word, his attempts to define that word, and his use of it in comparison to other words, like adultlescent.



Homework for Monday, September 12

  1. Complete Blog Discussion Posts by writing two, 150-200 words responses to posts made by your classmates (remember to use the section specific tabs at the top of the blog!) Blog discussion posts are due no later than 11:55pm tonight.
  2. DoctorwhoBring 3 sources that are not a part of our class syllabus to class on Monday.—You may bring digital or hard copy, your choice, but you must be able to access all of the sources during class. —You must have read these sources and be prepared to discuss the basics of the sources (main argument, author’s purpose, intended audience, rhetorical appeals).
  3. Read WOVENText Ch 18, page 659-662 on Rough Drafting
  4. Read and mark up Arnett chapter “Emerging Adulthood” (PDF is available on TSquare – keep experimenting with the various “Tips for Reading Difficult Materials” techniques)
  5. Read and mark up Hamilton and Hamilton chapter “School, Work, and Emerging Adulthood” (PDF is available on TSquare- keep experimenting with the various “Tips for Reading Difficult Materials” techniques)


I will have slightly reduced office hours on Monday. I will be in the office from 12:15-1:00pm. My office hours on Wednesday of next week will remain the same (12:15-1:30pm)

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