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Unformatted text preview: Grading Rubric for Interview Project A Grade The Preface combines intriguing personal reflection about Los Angeles with thoughtful commentary pgssome of the readings about Los Angeles/Southern California. The student gives thoughtful self-reflection to his or her own relationship to the city and also recognizes how the city has been viewed by others (including authors of other texts about LA assigned for this course). The Preface should be, in effect, the student’s own response to a set of interview questions. The Interviews are drawn from an intriguing mix of peoplewho are diverse in terms of age and occupation and social class as well as race/ethnicity. The set of interviews should include some interviews of people unknown to the student. The interviews should reveal an effort to find a wide spectrum of pehple for the interviews, and they should reveal an effort to ask a set of questions or have the interviewee respond to more than one questionifiThe student makes an engaging effort to present the interviews in the style that Smith uses in Twilight... with a title for each interview, a description of the person and location of the interview, and a “free verse’ format. No more than two interviews should be conducted with students from USC, and the interviews should be diverse in terms of age and career. The Conclusion offers compelling, thoughtful critical analysis of the set of interviews. The analysis should offer comparisons and contrasts and provide suggestions or speculations about how and why people responded to the same set of questions in similar and different ways. Here attention should be paid to various factors—social class, age, occupation, location in city, ethnicity, gender—~that may affect how people responded to the questions. You can speculate about such factors. Conclusion should also discuss what students learned from conducting the interviews and/or offer some summary thoughts about Los Angeles." B Grade Preface offers mildly interesting and predictable personal reflection about Los Angeles (e. g, notinga contrast between the image of LA/Hollywood and its ‘reality.’ It shows thought and diligence. 'Little mention is made of any other commentary on Los Angeles. The interviews are from a good mix of people but most of them are on the short side (a half page) and it does not seem as if the student asked follow-up questions or had the interviewee respond to more than one or two questions. Conclusion notes either similarities or differences among the interviews but not a strong combination of both. Some attempt is made to speculate about reasons why people gave various types of answers to the questions. The an :ysis, however, remains rather — . predictable and the student offers little comment about his or her ofvn response to conducting the interviews. C grade (or less) easy celebration or criticism of the city. No mention is made of any other views of the city besides those of the student. The student’s opinion is not placed in any relationship to other perspectives on the city. The Preface is-less than one page long or is little more than a paragraph response. It’s perfunctory, sloppy. ' Little or no effort is given to create an interesting mix of interviews. The interviews are largely drawn from people of a similar age and occupation (cg, other students) and - almost all of them are short (a 1/2 page or less). The intervieWs are not presented in any way resembling Smith’s format. ' ' ' The Conclusion makes little or no attempt at comparative critical analysis of the responses; It just offers a description'or paraphrase of the interviews. The Conclusion contains no significant or telling personal voice. - gFrP‘PLG \$+ Eon—wa Fm. 9mm It Could Explode Felicity Gomez Mother and grandmother, baby—sits neighborhood children, retired seamstress (Outside the 32"d Street Market in the University Village on Jefferson and Hoover. Felicity is an elderly woman in her late 608. She is standing with an empty shopping cart. She tells me she is waiting for her granddaughter, who is shopping inside the grocery store. She emigrated fiom Mexico in the early 19703. Her English is good and she can express herself well. She admits she doesn’t know much about the riots, even though she lives not far from downtown Los Angeles. She never went to high school. She married at a young age and has spent most of her life caring for young children. Her son was a member of the LAPD for a short while, but decided to go back to school and receive a degree.) 1992? Is that the Rodney King? I think the blacks, the hostilities, just built up after the Watts riots. After the Watts riots, not much changed between the blacks and the whites. This is just their outburst. Because of the injustice of Rodney King. It’s not just that. It’s how do u say it, all the fiustration and the injustice done to them. They just take that, you know, I guess, that ignites it. What I’m saying, is, since the Watts riot, there was change but not to a point where they get equalities in everything. So it keeps building up. Do I think there will be another one like that? I think so. Because in this country . . ., Erniiy Yio A fifteen year—old student at Hamilton High School (In front of the Hamilton High School on Robertson. 3 pm. School has just gotten out and teenagers swarm in the streets. She stands with a group of her girlfriends and her boyfriend, whose arms are wrapped around her waist.) Sure. I’ll talk to you about LA. I’ve lived here all my life. I don’t remember the riots. I was only two or so, I think, but I do know that my dad bought a gun. He said he never would have had to buy one but he didn’t know what was going on. (her boyfriend laughs and kisses the top of her head. sings: “what ’s gain ’ on, what’s goin ’ on ” to the tune of the Marvin Gaye song) I don’t know if it will happen again. I thought maybe when the Mexican people were protesting the immigration thing it would happen. But it didn’t. My school is mainly Hispanic (her fiz'ends giggle behind her) and black (they giggle again) and maybe a little Asian. There are some white kids but mainly the white people are teachers. That’s why I like being Asian. White teachers like you ‘cause they don’t think they have to be scared. I’ve never really been anywhere else besides LA. At least not for very long. So I don’t know if it’s just here. But white people everywhere are afraid— aren’t they? At least here in LA we’re all together. We rub off on each other. Everybody here acts like somethin’ they’re not. Asian people act like black people and Mexican people act like white boys trying to be skaters (her fi'z’ends laugh again) and well, black people maybe don’t act like anything but black people. And even though not many people want to be Asian, we all kick it. We all mix up. My dad doesn’t like that. Not at all. I think, like, my parents, Juan’s parents, (her boyfriend kisses the top of her head) they don’t understand ‘cause they all stay with their people. Juan says by the time all of us have kids everyone will be so mixed together we won’t be able to tell. (laughs) but my parents are having none of that. I don’t know. I just hope if there is another riot that nobody hurts each other. Nobody who should be hurt anyway. Like, maybe the cops is okay (her fi'iends giggle and boyfriend bursts out in laughter behind her) But then maybe if it happened, everybody could be who they want and nobody would have to act like other races, or maybe there would be no races, and anybody could be anything. (laughs) And if it does happen, I think my dad still has his gun. Fijv‘Wc‘ \T Pan dulce y tacos Everardo Dominguez, 51 Janitor at USC from East LA, California La Taquiza restaurant on Figueroa and 29‘”. 12:30 p.m. He is wearing a baby blue work shirt with his name on it and dark blue work pants. He asks me how I’m doing as he bites into a taco de carne asada, taking the straw and the lid off his cup to take a gulp of his horchata. His green eyes glow,.as his dark, sweaty arm reaches over to his forehead to wipe the sweat off his face. I don’t know if you’ve ever woken up to the smell of eafé (I’m sure you have) or the aroma of pan dulce as you walk in to the panaderia but I do, every morning. Mi esposa always wakes me up at about 4 in the morning So that 1 can have my hot café and have enough time to Go by the panaden'a and buy my warm, fresh conchas. I walk out of my home in East LA. every day at this time, with The excpetion of Saturday and Sunday when I get up at 8 in the Morning to do gardening work in the beautiful homes of Pasadena I Work at one of the most prestigious universities in California they say, But I wouldn’t know, I’ve never opened a book to read anything (Except La Opinion) which never really mentions USC. I only know that Rich kids come to this school because I see them. I see their white skin And I see their clothes as well as some of the cars they drive that leave me With my eyes almost popping out of my face, me entiendes? Kids two Times younger than me drive around cars that I can’t even drive in my dreams. Did you know I’m “the trash man” mija? That’s what I hear the kids around here call me. They never really say good morning and ofien seem afraid to smile at me, Maybe it’s because I’m too dark or because I pick — up trash but it’s Really their own trash, me entiendes?1 don’t know, maybe I’m just used to the other Side of Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, where everyone knows your name and they offer You a cold cervecita or un taco de fi'ijoles when you walk past their home. That’s LA. to ‘Me. me entiendes hija? Familia, gente humilde y amamble. I’ve never really been asked what my favorite place in Los Angeles is but now That you mention it, I guess I would have to say that East LA. is Because it’s like Mexico, me entiendes? It reminds me so much of my home Back in Sonora. I love the people and much more important I love my kids And my wife, have I. told you about my wife? She’s beautiful, como Una princessa, me entiendes? I tell her all the time that she looks the same as when we Both got married at 19. Everytime life gets the best of me, as it sometimes will, she reminds me That there’s so much more important things in the world to pay attention to. There’s plenty of problems in LA. but one of the ones that I see as the most Serious is crime and poverty but how do you fix that? Sometimes my wife and I (I-Ier name is Guadalupe by the way, I call her Lupita) walk down to Doha Tita’s house to listen to the chavalos que tocan mariachi (her kids play in mariachi groups) and we talk about this. I wonder if my kids will also have to deal with all Of this. Who gets to see that in a lifetime Francisco Gomez Artist ( Francisco is one part of the two part Spanish Hip Hop group AKWID. The interview was conducted using a modern technological phenomena known as MYSPACE. His responses have not been edited. ) Learned? of course! There were four types of people involved in the Riots. 1: "The justice system" 2: "The Rioters" 3: " Buisness Owners" 4: "The people who watched it happen & coudn't care less as long as their families were safe The justice system learned how not to underestimate minorities who are aware of the racism that exists within the system. The Rioters learned how to be more efficient for the next time. For example, what places to hit & what places no to hit. They remember what places had snipers on the roof. Buisness owners learned how to protect their buisness for the next time. Insurance security exc... The ones who could care less learned that most of the people who rioted didn't get cought. Maybe they will join next time. My experience & memories....hmmmm!! I had just got on the School Bus. As the bus drove us through the streets there was a large amount of police activity throughout. Not till I got home, watched T.V. I realized what was happening. All around the area people were looting. I had fiiends with cars at the time. We would go looting on our way to school. When we got out of school. We would find places that were already getting looted or were about to be looted. We knew police would be a while. We had quite a bit of free stuff for a while. Driving down fieeways you can see fires all around the city. Military vehicles on Martin Luther King Blvd. CRAZY!!! Who gets to see that in a lifetime. The only other riots I know about are the Watts Riots. Almost for the same reason as the LA. Riots. Racism in within the system. Can you believe a routine traffic stop can cause city wide riots? Not me but, hey I wasnt there. See other riots? It's hard to tell. It feels like L.A. has matured out of that but at the same time, you never know what events will make them snap. I mean if a Laker game can get these people fired up enough to semi-riot, you never know. Tension between Blacks & Latinos? I lived most of my life in a Black comunity. It has always been the same. They have their ways & we have ours. It is two diffrent cultures co-existing. I have seen worse tension between Latinos themselfs. The media just exploits what they see & hear. Yes there are stereotypes about the two but, they only show the bad ones because it‘s news. They rarely show the good ones. My favorite place in LA. would be the Angeles National Forest. If you consiser that part of LA. :) i l i i i l l i i a Some Advice on Writing Papers a topic you care about. Offer a significant perspective or interpretation. Prefer complexity to generality. Consider a topic that provides an opportunity to comment on a problem,_ a paradox, a dilemma, a contradiction or something that vexes us {i.e., a topic that offers an opporttmity for an interesting debate). Consider a thesis an argument that answers a complex or interesting mSt'art‘ with the text and stay close to it. Use the text as evidence. Back up your assertions or argmnent‘s with short or long citations from the text and commentary on those citations. Explain have the passage supports your point or develops your argument. (Prefer not to open the paper withalong, abstract. argument or introduction to the topic that does not engage the specifics of any: textassi‘gnerl for the course.) Create. an interesting title. W Paragraph: 1. Catch the reader’s attention with forceful, interesting sentences. Avoid beginning the paper general statements that provide the reader with basic information (e.g., Nathanael West’s @356 Locust was written in 1939, and it offers a. jaded look at Hollywood). If you must begin with a quotation, keep it short. If you begin with a question, make sure you indicate some typeof answer for it in the first paragraph. 2; Present a wnplex or substantive thesis in the opening paragraph. The paper should develop magnetism, and the first paragraph should nitroduce the argument. Consider yourself something of alawyer arguing a. case before a judge and jury (the text is your evidence). Be mindful of argtnnents thatrnightbe presented by the opposing side. A strong thesis will often be one that aticulates the complexities of a vexed issue and takes a stand on that issue. For instance, a “B” thesis on love will simply state: “Love is like walking on sunshine.” An A- thesis will state, “Love- is like walkingon sunshine, but it can also be like walking on broken glass. ” An A thesis will state, “Love is like walking on sunshine, and it can also be like walking on broken glass, but carefiil look at love that draws upon the lyrics of jazz and blues music as well as pop and rap reveals that love can be. . . .. [supply your own textual reference to a song or your own original masher}? 3.. Thefitst. paragraph should engage the reader and give a clear idea about what will follow, but finned notbe so blatant. as to declare, "First, "I'm going to discuss this, etc." 4. The opening paragraph should introduce a thesis that is grounded in the analysis of specific terns. Donor. succumb to just offering generalizations in an introductory paragraph. It is usually best to say. something interesting about the specific texts whose analysis will be essential for the development of your argument. Each paper should give close attention to at least two texts. Middle Paragraphs l. Each paragraph should he devoted to the development of one main idea, and the main idea should herelated to and advance the argument of your thesis. A good rule of the thumb for a paragaph is that it should present at least three significant details or three pieces of evidence to support themain idea of the paragraph. A piece of evidence can be considered a quotation from a text. Each paragraph in the body of the paper should contain a least one quotation or citation Eon: atext. 2; Artie: completing a rough draft, review the paper and identify the specific topic or main idea of emirparagraph. Smey the progression of ideas in the paper. Is there a logical progression from one paragraph to the next? Do you discuss unrelated ideas in the same paragraph? Do you dwelop the same main idea in different paragraphs? Are there smooth, graceful transitions from oneparagraph to the next? Caution: It is very difficult to develop a main idea in a paragraph that is only two or three sentences in length. PW: Do notjustsunnnarize previous points or rephrase the thesis presented in the opening paragraph. Themnclusion can introduce a new idea; indeed, it should provide something more than what camehefhre. Here, in the final paragraph, you might find a space for more personal reflections or for connections to a. text that we have not. read for the course. 1. Strong verbs invigorate prose. Be carefirl ofoverusing "to be" verbs (is, are, was) and passive eonstrmtions (Le, p refer Yamashita penned Tropic of Orange to Tropic of Orange was written by Yamashita}. 2; Try to incorporate in your paper such words as but, moreover, however, therefore, yet, although. These words indicate that the writer is making his or her argument more subtle and ’ ex. 3. Read a draft of your paper out loud to yourself. Listen with your ear for awkward, clunky Revise to smooth out rough spots. 4:. €ritieal papers can be creative. Try to incorporate at least one original metaphor in your essay. Prmctnation such as colons, semicolons, and dashes can be very helpful for the creation of sentences. 5._ Be careful to check for {I} rim-on sentences (a comma is not strong enough by itself or aeonjnnetion such as and or but to link together two independent clauses), and (2) inmmpiete sentences ti sentences that possess no subject and verb) & ffs=itis its=possessive “f. Proofi'ead your paper (use spell—check and grammar-check if available). Staple your paper. We. should always remember that the work of art is invariably the creation of a new world, so that the. first thing we should do is to study that new world as closely as possible, approaching it as something brand new. Snidy this new world with the passion of the artist and the patience of a: scientist. When this new world has been closely studied, then consider its relationship with other worlds, other stories ...
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