Friday, February 29, 2008

Class Schedule: Next Two Weeks

Please look at February 28 posting carefully: The next two weeks class schedule is posted with assigned readings/films, etc.

There are changes! email me with questions.

See you Tuesday: have a good weekend, I have to read field blogs!!!

Take a look at Danielle's Field Blog: good stuff!!

Teens On-Line

I just came across this PBS Front Line documentary. Ta a look, since it speaks to the alternate identity worlds of MySpace, gaming, etc.


And remember our earlier Pew Study of Teens on-line:

I assume a number of you will be writing a full section or at least a subsection on this topic

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thursday, February 28 Class

Let's start with some MySpace portraits: volunteers?

Field Blogs: Laurie Vandenberg, Rachel Knapp (Our "back wall")

Teen Political Activism? Just for Fun (Sweeping YouTube!)

Adolescent Portraits:
Case 10: Family identity

Questions about Material Culture Assignment?

Part 1: Stepping Inside, A Tribe Apart
Katherine Quick, Kaitlyn Pohler, Audrey O'Donnell, and Lauren Hresko will lead the discussion. Reading emphasis: methods (stepping inside), significance of high school for the teens.

Field Blogs: Beth Reynolds, Sarah Lees, Gina Maguire

Teen Websites: Gaye Allen, Jennifer Easterbrook: why chosen? content analysis, possible final section?

MySpace volunteers

Teens on Line PBS Documentary: reactions?

Minority Identity: Adolescent Portraits:
Cases 1( Toni Collins, Kia Jones), 4 (Kelly Edwards, Tim Friel), 5 (Devon Allen, Jinnie Morris), 7 (Jasmina Anandapara, Michael Garry)
Chapter 11: A Tribe Apart (Beth Reynolds)

Field Blogs: Sarah/Gina from Tuesday, Cassandra Chambers, Katrina Spaeth, Danielle Henry

Teen Websites: Brittany Griffith

Tuesday's Class: March 11
Adolescent Portraits: Case 2 (Cassandra Chambers, Katrina Spaeth), Case 3 (Danielle Henry, Gina Maguire)

See also Film Links: teens and religion

And to get us in the mood: Gina Roseboro found "GodTube's" reply to our film "13."

Thursday's Class: March 13 (Last class before Spring Break)

MySpace/Field Blog/Teen Website volunteers

A Tribe Apart: Chapter 9 (Graffiti, Rachel Knapp), and please view Style Wars: (see Film Links) before class as it is an hour+ long.
Chapter 13 (Moshing, Laurie Vandenberg) get us thinking about our final sections: "First Thoughts..." Take a look a some of the topic ideas in the syllabus (March 13)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Mead13 Papers Graded

If you haven't gotten your paper back (4 students) it is because I do not have it either in Turnitin, or email. Send ASAP!!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tuesday, February 26 Class

Good long discussion on "material culture" and how to observe/interview in the field.
Take a look at the sites in the syllabus (Feb. 19) on material culture.

MySpace/Blog presentations: fieldworker/informant

Field Blogs: one or two students will be selected at random to discuss their field blogs. The goal is to remind ourselves of the early posting criteria, and to discuss "reflections/reflexivity" in the field.

Adolescent Portrait Reading:
Case 11 (eating disorder), and that should take us into Cases 4 and 10 (Family Relationships). Please have these cases read as I will be calling on students to discuss them.

Mead/13 Papers

Wednesday and Thursday are very busy this week: classes, car pooling, etc. I have set aside Friday and Saturday to read and send back your essays. Thanks for your patience.

And thanks for the "teen speak" words and phrases: keeping them coming!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"Teen Speak"

Good class today! Thinking about "getting wasted" (well, not really).

We should be collecting "teen speak" words and phrases. Begin collecting from your informants only (that is, not what you read or hear on tv, etc). Send (through the comment below) me the word or phrase, and the meaning (and context if necessary), and I'll start a list on the left side of the blog.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Thursday, February 21 Class

Look at the Sex Ed website by teens and be able to analyze their interests/what they believe is important about sex, etc.
MySpace/Blog progress reports for class presentation
Material Culture/Spaces/Focal Points initial discussion (See also Tuesday, February 19 Syllabus categories).

Film: How Cultures Are Studied

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Tuesday, February 19 Class

Please have all four articles read and be able to discuss:
Adolescent Portraits: cases 8, 11, 13, 19

We will be talking about so-called "risky behaviors" and why you think teens engage in them.

Look at the Sex Ed website by teens and be able to analyze their interests/what they believe is important about sex, etc.

Film: High School Stories (boys' life)

Friday, February 15, 2008

All Blogged Out

Read and commented on everyone's posts. Good stuff! Take a random look around the list and comment on your classmates blogs.
See you all Tuesday.

Mead/13 Paper: Structure

Below is the 3 part structure for the Mead/13 comparative paper due Tuesday.


Part 1: Introduction to the theme: "Coming of Age." From book/research, etc.
Part 2: Introduction to the book and film: brief overview of each, preparing/orienting the reader for the comparisons to follow. Try and connect them in some way here in a general way.
Part 3: Comparison of the book and film. Here is where you develop general categories to discuss the book and film. No overall reviews (book/film). No re-counting of content. Rather, as we discussed in class, create 1 or more focused categories (depending on how much you can develop)for comparison. For example: Katrina's idea on Mead v. 13 (director's view) on the nature of adolescence. Or, "Coming of Age: in Samoa v. Contemporary California (this will require sub-categories, and is a "breadth" paper). or, "The Girl and her Family," or "Adolescent Storm and Stress: Necessary? (see article in links), and so on.

Email me with questions or your ideas for categories.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

No Settling!!! (Today)

The Monotones- Who Wrote The Book Of Love ( Full Version)

[via FoxyTunes / Book of Love]

And here's a different teen Valentine for you! (Sorry Kelly)

nirvana - smells like teen spirit

[via FoxyTunes / Nirvana]

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thursday Class

Return final adolescent reflection papers, and briefly go over writing criteria from syllabus.
Blog material: See Dec. 23 posting below.
Demographic info on field informants
I will collect your consent forms for future field methods classes (hard copy--blank form)
Mead: chapters 7,8,11
**Class discussion on comparative categories for Mead/13 paper due Feb. 19
Adolescent portraits: cases 19, 13 (teen pregnancy, drinking and sex)
Sex Ed site (by adolescents) from earlier posting:

What I am listening to while working: John Coltrane - Blue Train
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Field Informants

On Thursday, in addition to Mead and Adolescent Portraits discussion, I'll ask each of you to give a short description of your field informants: age, gender, etc., why chosen and what you think the potential might be for the final sections.

Listen to Bob below: it's how you or your informants might feel.

Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone 1966

[via FoxyTunes / Bob Dylan]