Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The American Family in Television : Due WEDNESDAY 1/8

1950s Show: Leave it to Beaver
1960s Show: Brady Bunch
2000s Show: Modern Family

While watching the American family from the 50's-Present, write a blog post for each time period that we view a television show for.

While watching the show, you should take notes on the following:
1) the family dynamics
2) roles, functions and norms of the family
3) conflicts within the family or issues the family deals with
4) historical context: how does this family relate to what is happening in America within this time period

Monday, November 18, 2013

Blog # 6-Prison Journal Entry (due tonight)

Although the majority of you have yet to experience life inside of a prison cell, you have probably watched television shows, movies or news reports that provide you with insight into a prison. Thinking about this knowledge, write a journal entry from the perspective of an inmate living in a jail cell.

This journal entry should discuss:
+the environment
+the interaction with other prisoners
+what you see everyday/ how you live
+what it smells like
+what you hear
+your feelings on why you are there and how it is making you feel, etc.

Before and during your writing, give intense thought to this experience. Try as best as possible to put yourself in the mindset of a prisoner living in jail. Live their experience.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blog #4 Freestyle Blog

As we take this course of socialization- use blog #4 to FREESTYLE aka write a blog topic of your own choosing and liking!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Intro Blogs- Goals & Expectations

In life, it is always important to set personal goals and expectations for yourself.  Goals give us something to focus on and work towards. As you move through your high school career, we will work to help you foster goals and set higher expectations for yourself, both inside and outside of this classroom. 

As you write your introductory blog, I would like you to think about and discuss the following:
1) What are my goals as a student at New Milford HS this year?
2) Discuss 1-2 positive things that you will continue to do as you move through your 2nd/3rd/4th year at NMHS
3) Discuss 1-2 things that you will work on as either a student or as an individual this year
4) Describe one reason that you are looking forward to this class
5) Lastly, tell us about who ______________________ is!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Blog #5- RADIO & Socialization- (Due Monday 11/4)

In studying socialization we have discussed the importance of acquiring culture, language and thought.  There are a variety of factors that influence our own behavior as well as a number that demonstrate how we impact others.  While watching "Radio" we see a number of relationships and social interactions that occur as a result of our influences from agents of socialization such as family, peer group and school.

Throughout the course of the film, Radio (Cuba Gooding Jr) is a prime example of someone who benefits from the process of socialization.  Discuss in detail how his character's life is affected by both lack of socialization (beginning) and emergence of socialization (middle) and as a product of socialization (end).  Describe scenes and interactions from the movie that highlight Radio's interaction and socialization process. Lastly, write a reaction to your feelings throughout the film. How did you feel about Radio, Coach Jones, the people of Hanna, and the football team?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blog #3 - You as Sociologist, Milgram & Society (Due Tuesday 10/1)

In Blog # 3 you will focus on three things: 1) Your outlook on sociological theory, 2)Your feelings on authority, 3) Experimentation as a lesson.  

1) Thinking about the three theories of sociological perspective, discuss in length which theory best applies to your way of thinking about human behavior and our society. Think about how you view events that happen, conversations that occur between friends and enemies, authority figures, etc. 

2) React to the Milgram Experiment. Do you feel that people will obey authority under any circumstances  if it is indeed legal authority or do people's consciences override their ability to follows authoritative demands. Please explain. 

3) React to society today: discuss the problems, issues or concerns that you as an individual have about society today.  Propose 1 way in which you think social problems, such as your example, could be changed or improved upon. How do you think we could teach future generations to work towards positive change in the 21st century?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11th (due Friday 9/13)

September 11th, 12 years later, still brings back old feelings and the pride that I feel in being in such a united society.  In sociology, we have the ability to see both the positive and negative of things. No one would argue that this day is never to be forgotten, always to be a reminder of how our dear nation was attacked and put in a state of national tragedy and crisis. The positive side of myself as well as this field of study also gives me a renewed sense of hope and pride and a return to that feeling of unity that so many people shared on that day and the days following. A reminder that even while our nation seeks to argue it out and place blame in our politicians and what is wrong with Washington, that good things still happen in this country and that the strong people that make up our world can continue to move past our greatest challenges, greatest fears and greatest obstacles.

Keeping all of this mind, I ask:

What does 9/11 mean to you? How do you think 9/11 has affected America politically and socially? What are our biggest challenges and best changes? How does life continue to evolve and change as a result of 9/11 and how, perhaps, do you think life in America would be different if it never happened? Did "102 Minutes that Changed America" influence your outlook on 9/11? (Blog #2 Topic)