critical thinkingwriter explores central ideas H u m a n i t i e s

critical thinkingwriter explores central ideas H u m a n i t i e s

Social Capital and Cultural Capital

This week we will be talking about some other forms of capital: social capital and cultural capital. To help us investigate these terms, please watch the two videos below, taking notes about what you notice about these two different theories of capital, and how they are similar to and different from the theories of capital that you have read about so far.

What is Cultural Capital ?

What is Social Capital?



The Assignment

To write your rough draft of your capital essay you will be pulling these ideas and pieces of information together to draw deeper connections between course texts.

This essay will include your article summary assignment of Tara Westover’s “Honest Dirt” (or another summary of an article of your own choosing) connected to analysis and application of these ideas to other sources from our class as well as additional sources/research and, as applicable, your own life experience. There are three different ways you can take this assignment. The following specific topic.

(Topic)- Write a summary/explanatory essay in which you explain (summarize) the main ideas of one of the sources from unit two (this can be your summary of “Honest Dirt” that you wrote. Then, make an argument about what type(s) of capital are most important to the author in finding success and peace.

Thesis

Your thesis can be an answer to one of the questions above—a clear declaration of how you are responding to the topic and are connecting (synthesizing) the texts we’ve read in this class.

Evidence

As you write each paragraph, make sure that your argument stays focused on the topic by using the best possible evidence from each source you are using. As applicable, you may also include examples from your own experience and additional research to inform your argument.

Structure

Think about the structure of the questions embedded in the topic you selected. Can the questions help guide you to an organizational structure? Think about the thesis you are developing and consider what focused topics will help to guide your reader to a deeper understanding of each text.

Capital Rubric

Capital Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesisWriter’s thesis is lucid, focused, and goes beyond common knowledge to explore an idea/issue/theory that is complex and interesting to readers. The thesis addresses the prompt well, and gives the essay a clear and meaningful purpose, which is clarified early on and develops throughout the essay.

15.0 pts

Sophisticated

12.0 pts

Proficient

10.5 pts

Emerging

9.0 pts

Beginning

7.5 pts

Not Yet

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSelection & Integration of EvidenceWriter selects powerful, relevant evidence from sources, such as summary, quotation, or paraphrase, and uses them to support his or her own ideas or questions. Writer summarizes ideas/concepts from sources to offer context for readers not familiar with the sources. Writer demonstrates effective use of signal phrases and end citations with each quotation, paraphrase, or summary of sources. Writer uses the required number and variety of sources when specified by the assignment.

15.0 pts

Sophisticated

12.0 pts

Proficient

10.5 pts

Emerging

9.0 pts

Beginning

7.5 pts

Not Yet

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis & Critical ThinkingWriter explores central ideas from the essay assignment through thoughtful analysis and reflection. Analysis might include one or more of the following: exploring a significant tension, considering multiple perspectives, considering implications and/or assumptions in a text or idea, applying a text or theory as a lens, and/or asking questions that help the writer understand his or her topic more fully. Writer uses evidence to set up his/her own ideas/claims/questions and maintains a conversation with the sources, instead of just dropping quotes, facts, or expert opinions without commentary or analysis. Writer demonstrates willingness to consider and engage alternate viewpoints (if appropriate).

15.0 pts

Sophisticated

12.0 pts

Proficient

10.5 pts

Emerging

9.0 pts

Beginning

7.5 pts

Not Yet

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization & ProgressionWriter’s introduction effectively leads readers into the complex claim or question the paper will examine. Writer’s organization moves back and forth between evidence and claims that connect to each other and to the main claim or question guiding the paper. Clear transitions connect paragraphs and sentences. Writer’s conclusion culminates the discussion appropriately by pursuing implications or answers to “so what?” The ending avoids unnecessary repetition and/or summary of the paper, and leaves the reader still thinking.

15.0 pts

Sophisticated

12.0 pts

Proficient

10.5 pts

Emerging

9.0 pts

Beginning

7.5 pts

Not Yet

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExpression & ConventionsWriter’s essay shows strong command of the conventions of Standard Written English. Care is shown with spelling, sentences, and punctuation (evidence of editing and proofreading). Writer edits and crafts for clarity, coherence, and/or emphasis. Writer shows an awareness of audience and establishes a tone that is consistent with the writing’s rhetorical context and purpose. Writer shows care in formatting, including in-text citations and other requirements of the specified documentation style (e.g., MLA or APA) such as Works Cited page, etc.

15.0 pts

Sophisticated

12.0 pts

Proficient

10.5 pts

Emerging

9.0 pts

Beginning

7.5 pts

Not Yet

15.0 pts

Total Points: 75.0