What other communities are you part of? In this essay, you will have the opportunity to explore one of your communities.
Assignment: Explore a community to which you belong. Why do you think it is a good or bad community for you?
Note: This is a summary of your assignment. Please refer to full assignment from your instructor.
This is a quick outline for your research. For guidance on each stage, see the boxes below this one.
At the end of this stage, you will have chosen to research one of the communities that you belong to.
Get a piece of paper and brainstorm. See the examples below, and think of groups that apply to you.
|"Named" groups that you belong to||BBBBBB||Non-named groups with a common interest or activity|
Pima Community College students
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Halo gaming community
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Checker Auto Parts employee
Creative Anachronism member
St. Cyril's Catholic Church
Hanging out at the neighborhood bar
Soap opera fan
Extreme fighting fan
Arizona Wildcat basketball fan
When you've selected a group (at least tentatively), go to Stage 2.
When you've finished this stage, you will have analyzed the structure and purpose of the community you belong to.
There is no simple cookie-cutter method for analyzing your community. But consider the following aspects of groups, and try to see how they apply to your case.
Your relationship to this group
Inclusion and Exclusion
Benefits of membership
Threats or challenges
When you've analyzed the purpose and structure of your group, go to Stage 3.
When you finish this stage, you will have written about your reason for being in this community and what you hope to accomplish within it.
You have described the community in Stage 2. Now describe yourself in relation to the community. You might consider some of the following questions.
Which of the following kinds of personal goals are relevant to this community? How does this community relate to the goals? Do they further them or hinder them? How so?
What can you contribute to this community? What strengths, talents, or interests can you apply to it?
What do you need to "work on"? What personal weaknesses, deficits or needs do you to have that this community might help with (or make worse)?
When you've outlined your personal relationship to the community go to Stage 4.
When you've finished this stage, you will have compared what the community requires (and has to offer) with what you are hoping for (and what you can offer the community).
When you've selected a group (at least tentatively), go to Stage 5.
Ok. Look at your Community Match worksheet. What does all this reflection mean for your paper?
What is your thesis?
What is your argument for this?
So far, most of your information has come directly from your involvement with this community. To make a stronger case, you need to find other objective information that fills in the details or corrects you misimpressions.
Based on your initial sketch of your argument, what questions do you need to answer?
Follow up on these questions in Stage 6.