ENGLISH 24 ASSIGNMENTS

COMPUTER LAB ASSIGNMENTS
March 6, 2001
  1. Enroll in the Blackboard component of English 24
  2. Create a Yahoo email account, which you will use for this course. Go to http://mail.yahoo.com
  3. Compose an email message introducing yourself and send it to Dr. Kasper at eng24kcc@yahoo.com
March 13, 2001
  1. Read Stanley Milgram's "The Dilemma of Obedience"
  2. Answer the seven questions that follow the article by typing your answers into Microsoft Word. Save the file as milgram.doc
  3. Choose ONE event to research and write up. Type a description of that event into a Microsoft Word file. Save the file as research1.doc
  4. Save both files and send them to me as email attachments. My email address is eng24kcc@yahoo.com
  5. HOMEWORK FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 15: Read PART ONE: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK, pp. 3-26 in Weidenborner and Caruso's Writing Research Papers: A Guide to the Process.
    Be prepared to discuss and answer the Review Questions on pp. 27-33.
March 20, 2001
EVALUATING WEB SITES

As we discussed in class, it is important to be critical of information resources, especially those you find on the Internet. Knowing how to tell the difference between a web site that presents reliable information and one that presents someone's opinion can save you time and energy in the research process.

Today you will practice evaluating web sites.

You will begin by accessing 4 different web sites on the same subject. Please note that each web site will open in a new window, so that you can compare/contrast the content of each.

Now take out the Evaluation Criteria handout that I gave you last week (if you don't have it, you can access it online at http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/search.html#eval

Evaluate each of the 4 web sites according to the 5 criteria listed in the chart.

  1. WHICH OF THE 4 DO YOU THINK IS MOST RELIABLE?
  2. WHICH OF THE 4 DO YOU THINK IS LEAST RELIABLE?
  3. EXPLAIN WHY.

Email your answers to me at eng24kcc@yahoo.com

March 27, 2001

Today you will gather background on Carol Gilligan and her mentor, Lawrence Kohlberg.

Please note that this assignment will require more than one period in computer lab. We will begin it today, and continue it next Tuesday

Kohlberg developed a theory of moral development. The basic criterion for moral development in Kohlberg's view is judgment.

You will learn about both Kohlberg's and Gilligan's theories by reading the following texts:

  1. Chapter 5: Socialization--Chapter Overview from the text, Sociology by John Macionis contains good background on Kohlberg, Gilligan, and other developmental theorists.

  2. Moral Reasoning and Gender

  3. Kohlberg's and Gilligan's Stages of Ethical Development

  4. Men and Women: Justice and Compassion

  5. Gilligan's In a Different Voice with Reading Questions

  6. Ecological Identification, Friendship, and Moral Development: Justice and Care as Complementary Dimensions of Morality by Dale T. Snauwaert of Adelphi University.

    You should pay especially careful attention to the sections on Kohlberg and Gilligan in each of the above texts.

    As you read these texts, open Microsoft Word and take careful notes on the individual theories put forth by Kohlberg and Gilligan, as well as on the similarities and differences between their theories. Be sure to save the notes that you take today onto your floppy disk, and print out a copy to give to me before you leave lab today.

    Your second research essay will be a Comparison/Contrast of Kohlberg's and Gilligan's theories. In your essay, you should describe and evaluate each of these theories, supporting your opinion with the research you have done.

    The draft of this second essay will be due one week from Thursday on April 5.

    If you have any questions or if you run into any problems, ask or email me.

April 3, 2001

Please read the ENTIRE announcement before you begin working

Today you will continue researching the moral development theories of Carol Gilligan and Lawrence Kohlberg
AND
You will begin drafting your comparison/contrast essay, which is due on THURSDAY.

Finish reading the articles listed in the Announcement for March 27. Don't forget to read the additional resource that I added. Continue taking notes on the readings. You should use these articles, as well as the book In a Different Voice, as sources for your comparison/contrast essay on Kohlberg/Gilligan.

You should begin organizing your notes according to the main points you want to make in the Comparison/Contrast essay.

Start putting things in order during the Computer Lab period, so that by the time you leave lab today, you will already have an organized outline to work from.

Remember that a well-organized draft of your comparison/contrast essay on Kohlberg/Gilligan is due to me on THURSDAY.

This draft should be organized and well-written. It should not be just notes. You must cite your sources within the body of the text AND in a Works Cited list at the end of the paper (see Weidenborner & Caruso if you have questions on the appropriate format).

If you do not hand in your essay on Thursday, you will get a ZERO for this assignment. NO EXCEPTIONS!

One final note: I have added a folder called "READING QUESTIONS" to the ASSIGNMENTS area. Within that folder, there is another folder for Carol Gilligan's In A Different Voice. I have posted a list of reading questions related to the information in Chapters 1 and 2. You should be able to answer each of these questions.

April 17, 2001

Today you will research some of the issues depicted in the novel, Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. You will focus specifically on the moral dilemmas faced by the characters:

As Nazism encroaches on Burgdorf, Hegi's characters are confronted with moral dilemmas that go far beyond their ordinary experience.

Guiding Questions:

  1. What are the different ways in which the townspeople react?
  2. What reasons does Hegi suggest for their varying emotions and actions?
  3. What do you think you might have done differently in their place?

Go to the SEARCH ENGINES page of our web site.

  • Research Daniel Jonah Goldhagen and his book, Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
  • According to Goldhagen, what were some of the factors that led ordinary Germans to make the "moral" decisions that they did?
  • How would Goldhagen explain the reactions of the ordinary Germans in Hegi's novel?

Type your answers into Microsoft Word, save them onto your floppy disk and PRINT OUT ONE COPY FOR ME.

Everyone must HAND IN their answers by the end of computer lab today.

If you have any questions, ask me.

April 24, 2001

Today you will continue researching the issues depicted in the novel, Stones from the River. You will focus on the political and economic climate of Germany in the years prior to Hitler's rise to power.

Read Resource #1 and Resource #2 first. Then go to Resource #3 and answer 3 of the questions linked to Resource #3:

  1. The Rise of Fascism in Germany: Overview--from The History Channel, this page provides a detailed overview of the rise of Hitler and the Weimar Republic
  2. A Timeline for the Rise of Fascism in Germany
  3. The Rise of Fascism in Germany: Sources--sets up situations with links to QUESTIONS.

    YOU SHOULD CHOOSE 3 OF THESE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER.
    TYPE YOUR ANSWERS INTO AN EMAIL MESSAGE AND SEND IT TO ME at eng24kcc@yahoo.com


For those of you who want to do further research on this topic, here are some additional resources on the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis:

May 1, 2001

Today you will complete a written Reader Response Exercise.

You should type your answer to the reader response exercise into a word processing program and print it out.

Be sure to give it to me before you leave computer lab today.

Directions: Respond to the following question that relates to an incident in Stones from the River. Your answers to the questions should do several things:

  1. They should demonstrate that you can answer the questions as they directly concern the incident described

  2. They should demonstrate that you understand the deeper meanings of the incident; that is, you should connect the underlying motivations to the historical and social situation in Germany at the time.

    When Trudi is fourteen years old, four schoolboys drag her into a barn and molest her. Trudi is profoundly affected -- In what ways does this immediately change her? How does it continue to shape her in the coming years? Is Trudi ever able to overcome it? How? In what way(s) is this incident indicative of the greater political and social climate in Germany at the time?

May 8, 2001

Today you will begin three weeks of working on the steps involved in writing a research project

When you are sure that you understand what happens at each step of the process, then go to the Search Engines section of our course web page

I will give each of you a head start with some resources as follows:

May 15, 2001

You must print out and hand in this assignment BEFORE you leave computer lab today.

Open a word processing program and begin drafting the Introduction to your research project. Be sure to make the Introduction concrete and specific in terms of the various points you will make in the body of your project.

Remember that a good Introduction is critical to a research project. The introduction leads the reader into the topic and presents YOUR THESIS.

As you are writing your Introduction, you should also plan an outline for the Body of your research project.

If you have any questions, ask me for help.

May 22, 2001

Today you will practice citation format in preparation for

  • your research project
  • your final exam next Tuesday

To access the exercise CLICK HERE.

  1. Answer the questions directly on the computer screen. Remember to enter your name into the form.
  2. When you are finished, press the button that says "SUBMIT"

Any questions, ask me.

May 29, 2001

FINAL EXAM QUESTION ON
MLA CITATION FORMAT

Go to URL WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY IN COMPUTER LAB

NOTE: YOU MAY NOT USE YOUR BOOK OR ANY OTHER PRINT OR ONLINE AID IN ANSWERING THIS QUESTION

Complete the questions and press the button that says "Submit your answers."

This question counts for 10 points on your final exam.

This page was last updated on May 25, 2001