Format: MLA with Works Cited Length: 800+ words, which is about 3 to 3 ½ pages Purpose: To investigate your point of view and an author’s point of view When you think critically, it means you are thinking about the way you think to improve the way you think. (Are you confused yet?) So to figure out how you think, you will need to analyze your thinking, in other words take your thinking apart. You have just read a chapter on understanding your point-of-view or the lens through which you see the world. You are not usually conscious of this lens. The way you see the world is based on influences from family, friends, neighborhoods, even the part of Maryland you live. There are also broader cultural forces, such as race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and media, influencing your beliefs, values, and attitudes. And, of course, you have your own experiences and emotional responses. So you will begin to answer this question: Why do you react to X the way you do? You will also gain experience communicating your understanding through clear writing. Topic: (Write this section in first person) Think about the way you developed thoughts and feelings about education or schooling. Think about specific examples. Here are some questions to help you think about the ways your attitude towards education developed: What did you learn from your family about education? (These may or may not have been discussed.) What influence did friends and neighborhood have on the way you see school? How did gender, ethnicity, media, or religion affect your education? How do Americans view education? Is the ideal different from the reality? Have your thoughts on schooling changed? If they have changed, why did they change? Do not just answer the questions, but create a well-developed organized discussion supported with specific examples or evidence. “Against School” John Gatto http://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm “Living in Two Worlds” Marcus Mabry http://www.theprepschoolnegro.org/2010/06/marcus-mabry-the-lawrenceville-school-class-of-85/ “I Just Wanna Be Average” Mike Rose http://userwww.sfsu.edu/mmartin/rose.pdf“Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” Jean Anyou http://cuip.uchicago.edu/~cac/nlu/fnd504/anyon.htm (Write this section in third person) After reading the four selections listed above, choose one of the writings to analyze. You will analyze the author’s point-of-view. Do not summarize what the author wrote. Determine how the author views the world or the specific topic. Consider the author’s stated purpose and the author’s hidden agenda. Support your analysis with specific evidence from the article and include citations. The following questions may help you analyze the author’s point of view. You do not have to answer these questions. When was the piece published? What is the author’s area of expertise? What are the author’s possible biases? Where do you feel these biases came from? What specific historical events or prevalent issues might exist for the author or key people involved at the time the piece was created? What is the author’s background? Are there people who influenced the author? How does the author feel about the topic? Now, think about the similarities and differences between your analysis and the author’s analysis, what do you notice? Is there anything surprising or new? Does the author’s point of view raise questions you may have not thought about? How does understanding your own and others’ points-of-view affect you? How is this relevant? So what if you understand your point of view? What are the implications or consequences? Outline: Introductory paragraph-thesis needs to be the last sentence Self-analysis-topic sentence is the first sentence in this paragraph- one sentence stating your point-of-view on schooling, possibly a hint of how you acquired this view. Use evidence, such as experiences, influences, knowledge, people, to support your view. Author analysis-topic sentence is the first sentence in this paragraph. Also, use evidence from the article to support your analysis of the author’s point of view Significance of knowing your biases and others’ biases Conclusion Sections B and C should be about the same length.