Please see the “Think Piece” handout in this folder for instructions for this assignment, BUT this assignment is slightly different because there is no argument/thesis: Instead of looking for the THESIS statement, I am asking you to quote what Berger says he will do in this chapter, and to then assess whether he does it or not, and how well.
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accepted after the deadline.
Completing this assignment helps you understand what you are reading, helps you slow down to pay
attention, and prepares you for a productive class discussion about the material.
What to do
1. Pick out the thesis statement from the reading: This is the argument the author(s) wants to make, the
reason for the work. Quote it. This should look something like this: “The article will make the
argument that the television show Pee-wee’s Big Adventure affirms notions of white masculinity
while presenting itself as progressive and advocating for diversity” (p. 2). Next, in a few sentences,
assess whether the author carried through on showing their thesis in the reading, and how well they
did this. Support what you say with evidence—evidence is when you draw from the reading directly
to show where they did or did not support their thesis.
2. Pick out the main conclusions in the reading. These are often related to the thesis statement. You
can put these in your own words, or pick a short quote in the reading that summarizes these. In a
few sentences, evaluate whether the author actually showed/established these things in the body of
the reading, and how well they did this. Provide evidence for your assessment. Again, remember,
evidence is when you draw from the reading directly to show where the conclusions were or were
3. Pick a quote you find interesting and thought provoking in terms of what it can help you see and
think about in relation to critical issues in the media. Critical issues are when we think about
inequality, power, oppression and privilege, usually in relation to things like race, gender, sexuality,
class, ability, religion, national identity, for instance. The quote should be 2-5 sentences. Be sure to
use quotation marks when quoting, and include the page number in parenthesis next to it (see
example in item #1). Immediately after the quote, put into your own words what the quote says.
This should be several sentences explaining the meaning of the quote. Then, importantly, discuss
why the quote is interesting in terms of helping us gain insight about critical issues in the media.
You will receive an automatic incomplete/fail (a zero) if:
1- The writing is not coherent, clear, grammatical and organized: I need to clearly understand what
you are saying.
2- If the work does not show an understanding of the main ideas (thesis, conclusions) in the reading
3- Assessments about the thesis is not clear and supported
4- Assessments about the conclusion is not clear and supported
5- There is no assessment of media in relation to the quote
6- There is no assessment of critical issues in relation to the quote
7- Comments about media and critical issues are not directly related to the quote
8- Instructor feedback on previous work was not followed here: Take into account all previous
In addition to satisfying the above eight minimum requirements, a complete is normally granted for
satisfying a combination of a minimum of 2 of the 5 items listed below:
– Offering thoughtful insights about critical issues using the quote
– Offering thoughtful insights about media using the quote
– Offering an insightful assessment of how well the author showed their thesis
– Offering an insightful assessment of how well the author supported their conclusions
– Showing an excellent grasp of the main ideas in the reading in your discussion of some or all of:
the thesis, conclusion, quote
Format & Length
Assignments are one page single-spaced, typed, and printed in a reasonably sized 12-point font (Times
New Roman is a good font) with one-inch margins.
The minimum requirement is 500 words. You can write more. Less than 500 words will result in an
automatic incomplete (0). The 500-word count EXCLUDES identifying information/prefatory
information: Do not include your name, the title of the assignment, date etc. This info automatically
provided on the Canvas tab when you submit the work.
All work must be submitted online on Canvas as a Word document (.doc or .docx)—other formats usually
do not work on Canvas. Paper and email submissions will not be accepted.
The writing must be in academic essay style, full sentences, grammatical, free of spelling errors, well
organized and clear.
All assignments submitted through Canvas will automatically be run through a plagiarism detection
service called Turnitin. In cases of plagiarism, the instructor receives a report showing exactly how a
student’s paper was plagiarized). For information on Turnitin, please go to
If you cite sources not assigned in class, you must use MLA or APA format (research this). You will receive
an incomplete if you do not cite properly since this can be considered plagiarism.
If you cite sources assigned in class, simply include quotations marks around the quote, and the page number
in parenthesis next to the quote. See quote in item 1 above under “What to do” for how this should look.
Here are links with info on MLA & APA formats:
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