Learning Journal

  • Learning Journal Components

    1. Each Page; there are 10 total pages (roughly 50% of the total weight of the Learning Journal)
    2. Journal Entries; there are 3 total  (roughly 30% of the total weight of the Learning Journal)  
    3. Vocabulary Defined: Research Vocab & Social Class Vocab; Honors Classes also provide Nickel and Dimed text support (roughly 10% of the total weight of the Learning Journal)                          
    4. Appearance (roughly 5% of the total weight of the Learning Journal)              
    5. Self-Assessment (roughly 5% of the total weight of the Learning Journal)                      


    Each Learning Journal Page: (tentative)

    1. Cover that includes: Name, Title, Image to depict unit

    2. Warm-Up Activity (yellow sheet) (aim for a paragraph-length response to each statement)

    3. Identity Chart for Barbara Ehrenreich from the Introduction of the book (at least 10 descriptors)

    4. Social Class & Social Mobility Notes

    5. Holiday Dinner Activity

    6. Liberty & Government Assistance (spectrum page handout)

    7. Government Assistance Today Activity

    8. Corporations and the Modern Economy Notes (blue sheet) 

    9. Walmart and Corporations: Are they Good for America? Activity 

    10. Should We Raise the Minimum Wage? Activity 



    *Honors: Roughly 3/4 of a single-space page response.

    *College Prep: Roughly 1/2-3/4 of a single-space page response.


    Journal Entry # 1: How does Ehrenreich’s identity (as introduced in the Introduction chapter) impact her ability to conduct sociological research and answer the research question?  Explain how Ehrenreich’s identity, her ability to answer her research question, or the generalizabitilty may impact her research.


    Journal Entry # 2: When I think of social class in the United States…

    This is a more open topic response to various topics that we have encountered in the unit so far.  You may discuss, but not limited to: (1) The Homeless Man video experiment; (2) The US Social Ladder; (3) The Holiday Dinner Activity; (4) Your own experiences with social class


    Journal Entry # 3: The biggest take-away from this unit was…

    This is your opportunity to reflect on the unit and explain what was most impactful to you.  Please be honest and explain yourself fully.


    Vocabulary Defined: You will define each term within the Research in Sociology Focus section AND the Social Class Focus section below.

    **Note, Honors level ONLY will have to provide text support from the Nickel and Dimed text, and provide MLA page # for each of the terms below.

    Example MLA Page #: Rapport: She discusses how she "makes friends, over time, with other 'girls' who work my shift...," (Ehrenreich 36)

    Research in Sociology Focus

    1. Research Model/Scientific Method (and the steps involved)
    2. Research Methods
    3. Participant Observation/Fieldwork
    4. Rapport
    5. Generalizability
    6. Deception (In class term; no example or text support needed for Honors level) 


    Social Class Focus

    1. Social class/Socioeconomic Status
    2. Prestige
    3. U.S. Social Class Ladder & Terms for Social Classes (no example or text support needed)
    4. Social Mobility
    5. The American Dream
    6. Poverty Line
    7. Deferred Gratification


    Files Attached

     Sam Walton's Article from TIME Magazine; 1992 (See File Pop-Out Below)

     Learning Journal Assessment  (See File Pop-Out Below)

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