There is a strong tradition of writing both sociologically-informed biographies and sociologically-informed autobiographies in the discipline of sociology

Required Resources Read/review the following resources for this activity:

· Textbook: Chapters 1-6

· Lesson: Week 1, 2, 3

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· Minimum of 3 outside scholarly sources

· One personal interview of another person

Introduction There is a strong tradition of writing both sociologically-informed biographies and sociologically-informed autobiographies in the discipline of sociology. For this assignment, you will be doing a bit of both of those. You will both reflect on your own life story, making connections between your everyday life or your life story and broad sociocultural structures within which you live, and you will also compare and contrast those with someone you interview.

The socioautobiography is a “disciplined, systematic exploration of one’s life from a sociological point of view” (Hill, 2009, p. 3). Also, the sociobiography is the systematic exploration of another person’s life from a sociological point of view.

Instructions To begin this assignment, consider your own life as you review all the textbook readings and online weekly lessons and decide which sociological concepts you wish to explain in connection to a part or parts of your own life story. Click on the following link for questions to consider as you reflect on your life:

Link: Questions to Consider

Interview Locate someone willing to be interviewed regarding sociological perspectives on a part or parts of that person’s life story. The person can be anyone you choose, whether in your family or outside your family. Be sure to inform that person that you will be writing up your observations from the interview in an assignment for your Society and Culture course.

Write In a paper, compare and contrast your sociological observations about yourself with your sociological observations of the person you interview. Address the following 3 important sections:

1. Explore the interconnections between your life story and the larger social structure or culture.

2. Explore the interconnections between the life story of a person you interview and the larger social structure or culture.

3. Compare and contrast the sociological themes and concepts related to your own personal story with the sociological themes and concepts related to the story of the person you interviewed. Apply the sociological imagination in the analysis.

Include the following in your analysis:

· Quotes or paraphrases and citations from both outside scholarly sources and assigned readings (online Lessons or textbook readings), to support your observations in all 3 required sections.

· 6 different concepts, key words, or vocabulary words from Chapters 1-6 in your analysis and observations, formatted in boldface and underlined in the main text of your paper

· You may repeat these 6 terms throughout the assignment.

Click on the following link for a socioautobiography/sociobiography writing tip:

Link: Writing Tip

Include headings for each of the three main sections of the paper:

· Socioautobiography

· Sociobiography

· Comparison/Contrast

Each of the three main sections of your paper must contain scholarly support in the form of quotes or paraphrases with respective citations from assigned reading (the textbook and/or the lessons from Weeks 1-3) and the outside scholarly sources that you identify on your own.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

· Length: 3-4 pages (not including references page)

· 1-inch margins

· Double spaced

· 12-point Times New Roman font

· Running header in the upper left of all pages

· Page number in the upper right of all pages

· Minimum of 3 headings (centered, bold, & title case)

· Parenthetical in-text citations included and formatted in APA style

· References page (minimum of 3 outside scholarly sources plus the textbook/lesson and interview)

· Title page not required

Grading

This activity will be graded based on the Essay (W3) Grading Rubric.

CriteriaRatingsPts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength10.0 ptsMeets length requirement0.0 ptsDoes not meet length requirement10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent10.0 ptsAddresses all aspects of the assignment.8.5 ptsAddresses most aspects of the assignment.7.5 ptsAddresses some aspects of the assignment.6.0 ptsAddresses few aspects of the assignment.0.0 ptsNo effort10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExplanation of Concepts30.0 ptsThoroughly explains six sociological concepts in connection to the student’s own life story and to that of the person interviewed.25.5 ptsExplains the six sociological concepts in connection to the student’s own life story and to that of the person interviewed, but more details could be added.22.5 ptsAdequately explains the six sociological concepts. Additional explanation and details are needed to clarify the topic and make connection to the student’s own life story and to that of the person interviewed.18.0 ptsExplanation of the six sociological concepts is inadequate or unclear. Connections to the student’s own life story and to that of the person interviewed are inadequate or unclear.0.0 ptsNo effort30.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis45.0 ptsThe central idea is developed and expanded with depth of critical thought. Thorough analysis is included showing how sociological concepts help to examine and interpret the life experiences of both the student and the person interviewed. The life experiences of both the student and the person interviewed are thoroughly compared and contrasted from a sociological perspective.38.25 ptsThe central idea is discernible and developed. Some comparison and contrast of the student’s experiences and of the experiences of the person interviewed is included, though additional details could provide a stronger examination of the concepts.33.75 ptsThe central idea needs more development with points tying back to the thesis. Some comparison and/or contrast of the student’s experiences and of the experiences of the person interviewed is included. Additional support and details are needed to clarify points.27.0 ptsThe central idea is not developed, and the analysis lacks critical thought. Little of the comparison or contrast of the student’s experiences and of the experiences of the person interviewed is included is included.0.0 ptsNo effort45.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSource Integration20.0 ptsParaphrases or quotations from all required resources are included to support the analysis: 3 outside scholarly sources and textbook/lesson.17.0 ptsParaphrases or quotations from most required resources are included to support the analysis.15.0 ptsParaphrases or quotations from some required resources are included to support the analysis.12.0 ptsParaphrases or quotations from few required resources are included to support the analysis.0.0 ptsNo effort20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConcept Integration10.0 ptsSix sociological concepts are included in bold font and underlined.8.5 ptsFive sociological concepts are included in bold font and underlined.7.5 ptsFour sociological concepts are included in bold font and underlined.6.0 ptsThree sociological concepts are included in bold font and underlined.0.0 ptsNo effort10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting: Mechanics & Usage20.0 ptsThe writing is free of major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation that would detract from a clear reading of the paper.17.0 ptsThe writing contains a few major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, but the errors do not detract from a clear reading of the paper.15.0 ptsThe writing contains some major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation that need to be addressed for a clearer reading of the paper.12.0 ptsThe writing contains several major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation that impede a clear reading of the paper.0.0 ptsNo effort20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA Paper Format10.0 ptsPaper is formatted to include all 6 of the following: references page, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spacing, running header, and page numbers.8.5 ptsPaper is formatted to include 5 of the following: references page, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spacing, running header, and page numbers.7.5 ptsPaper is formatted to include 4 of the following: references page, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spacing, running header, and page numbers.6.0 ptsPaper is formatted to include 3 of the following: references page, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spacing, running header, and page numbers.0.0 ptsNo effort10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA Resource Citation20.0 ptsAll sources are properly cited in the text and references page demonstrating a mastery of APA format.17.0 ptsMost sources are cited in the text and references page. Some minor errors may exist in citation, but it does not interfere with understanding the source of the information.15.0 ptsMost sources are cited in the text and references page. Some errors may exist in citation that need to be addressed to clarify the source of information.12.0 ptsSources are not properly/cited in the text/references page. Formatting contains several errors that suggest a lack of understanding of APA format.0.0 ptsNo ef
 
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