Preparation for Final Essay-101. Cultural Comparison. Which culture should I choose?. one you are attracted to one that is part of your heritage one whose homeland(s) you have visited the culture of a friend or family member one in the news today one that you fear
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Standard of living
System of government
Role of religion
Role of elders
Marriage styles (monogamy, polygamy, polyandry)
Family style (nuclear, extended, cohabitation, single parent, gay and lesbian)
RacismLimit your comparison to one subject. Here are some ideas:
Points of Comparison
(adapted from) Gadda, George, and Faye Peitzman. Teaching Analytical Writing. UCLA Publishing 1988.
Gadda, George, and Faye Peitzman. Teaching Analytical Writing. UCLA Publishing 1988.
2. Write a preliminary outline that consists of your limited subject and points of comparison.
3. Identify print and electronic resources and prepare a working bibliography.
4. Read print and electronic sources and write notes, summaries, and comments.
5. Create a tentative thesis and a unifying statement for each point of comparison; then, write a rough draft.
6. Get peer feedback and create a Works Cited list.
7. Revise paper. Check citations and list of Works Cited.
8. Proofread paper.
Paper due: TBAResearch Plan: Assign a “to be completed by” date to each item on the list below.
Refer to the MLA section in your handbook to find the appropriate format for each type of source.
Possible sources for this topic: cultural encyclopedias; other reference books on cultures and countries/area studies; relevant academic journals (culture and area studies, cultural geography); substantive periodicals (e.g., National Geographic); Internet edu, org, and gov sites; interviews with members of the culture; documentary films
Note: To find articles in periodicals, consult databases such as ProQuest and subject indexes such as the Social Science Index, available at libraries. Some subscription databases are available online to library card holders. A number of quality articles may be found in other online databases.
(See the handout on distinguishing types of periodicals.)
This consists of three parts:
Limited topic:Chinese and Italian Marriage Customs
Thesis: In exploring the traditional courtship and matrimonial customs of Chinese and Southern Italians, one will discover that marriages are not always the bond between two people, but rather an alliance between two families.
Unifying Statements for Points of Comparison
1. At the top of a sheet of paper, write the limited subject of your comparison.
Catalan and American Gender Roles
2. Pass your paper to the person on your right. You will write a question on every classmate’s paper until yours comes around again.
Points of Comparison Subject (marriage customs)
Note: The discussion of a single point could span several paragraphs.
Dates to be inserted in class.