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Ethnography Pre-Draft: Lesson Plan on PIE

Lesson Plan on PIE (Point, Information, and Explanation) Paragraph Structure

Lesson Objective: To integrate source materials and citation into structured body paragraphs.

Total Estimated Time: 105 min.

Additional Outcomes: “Translating” and synthesizing difficult theoretical prose into more familiar language.  Also to negotiate critical sociological terms in application to a cultural text, “A Girl Like Me”  Also coming to understand previous “misrecognitions” in the stereotypes generated as a group during pre-writing listing stage.

Work Completed Before Class: A blog entry considering how best to “train” children, and how rearing and discipline line up in many ways.  Also brief introduction to conducting research with the library’s database.  The research topic was CUNY Open Admissions.  Students also searched the New York Times Historical Database for articles about Queens College and Open Admissions during the 60s and 70s.

Assignment Sequence Underway: Unpacking the critical terms in the theoretical applications to the first few chapters of the textbook and looking for applications in day-to-day experience.

  1. Free-write about initial thoughts of beauty, in particular gendered female beauty.  What are the qualities of a beautiful woman? Students construct a list of attractive attributes. (5 minutes)
  2. As a class, compile a list of all the qualities.  Take note of the different properties and how “attractive attributes” gets interpreted. (15 minutes)
  3. Watch the youtube video “A Girl Like Me” (10 minutes)
  4. Review the list from class in conjunction with those stereotypes of beauty the film calls attention to. (15 minutes)
  5. Divide class into groups. Focus on the doll scene in the film.  Try to explain the results. (15 minutes)
  6. Distribute the Bourdieu passage about symbolic violence and domination from Practical Reason. Group interpretation of the passage, (25 minutes)
  7. Group application of PIE paragraph connecting Bourdieu to the film. (15 minutes)
  8. Finish and revise what’s begun in class and post on blog as homework.
  9. Begin next class with a brief discussion of blog posts, and a quiz on what P.I.E. stand for. (5 minutes)

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