Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rites of Passage Check in


  • Maasai African Lion Hunt w/ questions
  • Work on paper
  • Have enough of your paper ready for tomorrow's peer review

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Writing Day

Time to work on writing piece.

Come tomorrow prepared to look at a sample reading on rites of passage.

Monday, December 15, 2014



  • Survey
  • Discussion of POL
  • Sources-->Create Google Doc with MLA citation and notes from two of the sources you find via journals or from credible sources found via a regular google search
  • Come in with at least one source documented for tomorrow.  You should be able to spend part of tomorrow drafting your paper.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Poetry Out Loud Information


  • POL:
  • What to do when journals aren't working out
  • A note on citations and the Purdue OWL
  • Paper due 12/19
  • Extra credit (choose poem, attend 12/18 workshop, and recite poem in class)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Research Day 2


  • Continue looking for journal articles
  • Modifying search terms to get more results
  • Take stock of where you are and what additional resources you need for tomorrow, when we will discuss finding credible sources in a Google search when all else fails

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Finding Your Sources


  • Use the sites and skills we reviewed yesterday to find and read two scholarly articles on your piece
  • Come tomorrow with at least two articles on your piece

Review of Important Peer-Reviewed Sources


  • Books
  • Library Databases--JSTOR
  • None

Friday, December 5, 2014

Part 1: Rites of Passage


  • Return to site
  • Choose a rite
  • Initial Google Search and chart
  • Paragraph on how it reproduces society
  • Finish initial step

Rites of Passage Revisited


  • Review homework
  • Look at site for tomorrow's task

Tuesday, December 2, 2014



  • Review of yesterday's crossword
  • Reviewing the basics of Rites of Passage
  • Diagramming a Rite in Western Culture
  • Finish Diagram

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Margaret Mead Part 2


  • Finish Viewing +Questions
  • Have questions ready for tomorrow

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Margaret Mead Video


Ms. Hoffmann
Creative Ethnography
Fall Semester

Creative Ethnography: A Review with Margaret Mead

  1. How might we describe the type of fieldwork that Mead performed?
  2. What did Mead study?
  3. What were some of Mead’s key findings?
  4. What was significant about the types of questions that Mead asked?  (You may want to think about this both in terms of in the field and at home.)
  5. Why is Mead’s work controversial today?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Cultural Constructions


  • What is a cultural construction?
  • Review of the review stations and paragraph answers
  • Viewing:
  • Sign permission slip for video
  • Study for tomorrow's exam

Friday, November 14, 2014

Finishing Stations Review


  • Discussion of what the test will look like
  • Finishing station review
  • Study for Tuesday's exam

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cultural Construction Review


  • Announcements
  • Sample Station Analysis
  • Station Analysis of Ads and Videos
  • Homecoming paper due Monday
  • Study for test (Monday or Tuesday)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cultural Construct: Disability and Pity


  • Viewing The Kids are All Right
  • Discussion questions
  • Review your notes on the Zuni Man-Woman reading excerpt

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cultural Constructions: Disability


  • Powerpoint notes
  • Review "Normal?  It Doesn't Exist!"

CFA Vocab


  • CFA
  • Reading and questions on blog
  • Draft of Homecoming Project due Friday

Monday, November 3, 2014

Workshop Day


  • Review key points
  • Time to work on drafts
  • Drafts due Friday (We may have additional class time to work on them, but please do not count on it.)
  • Reading and Questions on the Zuni Man Woman in previous post (due: Wednesday)

The Zuni Man Woman Reading Practice

Please read the follow webpage:    You can skip the intro box and the part where the person is giving a review of Will Roscoe's The Zuni Man Woman.  You should be reading from "the following excerpts" all the way up to the footnotes.  As you read look for the questions bulleted below.  I would like you to answer these in complete sentences in a Google Document.  You should practice using evidence from the reading to support your answer.  
  • To practice reading informational texts--particularly pieces written at the college level
  • To support our answers with facts from the texts

Reading Questions:
  • What were the male and female gender roles in Zuni society like?
  • What was life like for Zuni women?  (Try to practice using our vocabulary from this and past units.)
  • Who was We'Wha?
  • What is a berdache?
  • How did Europeans react to them?
  • How did the Zuni regard them?
  • Reflect: What does looking at Zuni gender relations reveal about gender in Western society?

Friday, October 31, 2014

How do we move from notes to analysis


  • Revised due dates
  • Sample with PES notes
  • Draft of Homecoming paper due 11/7
  • Final due 11/14

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gender Constructions II


  • Finish Notes
  • Analysis of Halloween Costume Article
  • Read Genderless Baby Article

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cultural Constructions: Gender


  • Review homework reading on race
  • "Girl in a Country Song" viewing
  • Notes
  • Review the ad assignment and start to think of what you need to do to complete the ad for Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cultural Constructs: Race

Taking a look at changes in the US Census:

Homework:  (Both the reading and the video)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cultural Constructions: An Intro


  • Sorting Activity
  • Notes
  • Beauty Case Study
  • Complete the following:

How does this article illustrate beauty as a cultural construction?
What implications do labels like these have?   
What are their consequences?
Why do they matter if they aren’t even “real”—biologically hard-wired?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Real-World Connections: Ebola in the News


  • Western Media Analysis
  • Discussion of the article
  • Analysis due on Friday

Monday, October 20, 2014

News Article Workshop


  • Discussion of deadlines
  • Open forum for assignment questions
  • Time to work on news bias articles


  • News article due on Friday (revised on Pakistan Fashion)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Working on Writing as a Class


  • Continue outline of analysis
  • Begin writing analysis as whole group
  • Write an analysis based on the article on fashion in Pakistan 
  • Use the chart in the previous post to outline your information
  • Look at the completed first draft in the last post to help you complete your analysis  

DRAFT Sample News Analysis

News Articles: A Cultural Perspective

Name of Article:  “911 Missing Links”

Author:  Unknown

Write a 1-2 sentence summary of your article: 

“911 Missing Links” describes 9/11 as a terrorist attack that the Jewish population committed in the effort to obtain and sustain an Isreali state.  The article places this within a larger pattern of terrorist activity that Jews use to place blame on rival groups, such as Muslims.

Do any sections stick out as being biased (and possibly ethnocentric)? Cite them here:

·         Pink post-its on chart

Do any sections stick out as being objective (displaying cultural relativism)?  Cite them here:
·         Blue post-its on chart  (none)

Overall, how would you characterize your news article?  Is it objective as a news article should be, or does it contain inherent biases? 

·         Biased throughout
·         No clearly objective sections

Some historical events have such an impact that the news never truly stops covering them.  However, even with time passing between the event and new articles on it, depictions of the events do not always get more objective.  One can find numerous examples related to 911.  One such example is the anonymous article “911 Missing Links.” It describes 9/11 as a terrorist attack that the Jewish population committed in the effort to obtain and sustain an Isreali state.  The article places this within a larger pattern of terrorist activity that Jews use to place blame on rival groups, such as Muslims.  Both this content of the article as well as the diction used to describe it illustrate the numerous biases of the news article. 
“911 Missing Links” focuses on the supposed terrorist activities of Jews to an extreme.  From the very beginning of the piece, the unknown author blatantly forces the idea that Jews are a dangerous people: “Jews have been using terrorism, specifically of the false-flag variety, to achieve their political ends for a very long time.”  Not only does the article have tunnel vision on this terrorist activity, but it takes it one step further.  It claims that some of this activity was carried out in disguise as though it came from another group of people.  In particular, it makes this claim about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.  As the article states, “Pointing fingers at Bin Ladin is extremely indicative that he is the brains behind the attack.  Bin Laden served as an ideal patsy and fall-guy for Israel’s 9/11 hit.”  Seeing this one-sided content and the way that the author expands upon it makes it clear that the author may have an agenda against Jewish people. 
Along with the content, “911 Missing Links” contains very strong word choice throughout the majority of the writing.  Not only is the word choice very strong, it is quite negative.  In one sentence, we can see the Jewish population described as “sadistic,” “terrorists,” and making others “feel [their] wrath.”  Neither is such a concentration of negative eponyms limited to this one sentence, it is woven into the fabric of the entire article, providing it with a negative leaning.  Diction also contributes to the negative leaning of the article, in that it helps to convey an overly- emotional—sometimes verging on passionate—tone.  For example, at one point in the article, the anonymous author writes, “All you need is two eyes that can see and a brain that works to understand that those buildings were demolished with explosives and thus it had to be an ‘inside job.’”  Not only does the wording here suggest again that terrorist attacks like 911 were the work of the Jews, it draws in the reader with the use of the second-person pronoun you and the suggestion that one would be stupid to come to any conclusion other than that presented in the article. 
News articles are pieces of writing meant to convey information, to help the public become more informed about their topic of choice.  As such, from an ethical standpoint, they should be objective.  They should present the facts and nothing more.  When the content of an article becomes one-sided and presented with negative-leaning diction, it is taking a far leap from what a news article is supposed to be.  “911 Missing Links” is a case in point of this leap.  Its biased painting of the Jewish people as a “sadistic” “terrorist” group is so forced that even without a general knowledge of history, it would be difficult to accept its claims as factual. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

News Analysis Rewrite


  • Finding bias in the sample
  • Outlining our writing
  • Continue to work on homecoming project

Anthropological Examination of Sports


  • Sports and War Article
  • Fandom Newspaper Article
  • Step 3 of Homecoming Project due Wed

Monday, October 13, 2014

Workshop Time: Homecoming Project


  • Review of the assignment
  • Workshop time
  • Part 3 due on Wednesday (pushed back a day)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Making the Familiar Strange


  • Nacirema Reading
  • Review of our PES Paragraphs
  • Directions for Homecoming assignment
  • First part of homecoming assignment due on Tuesday.  Parts 1 & 2 should be completed over the weekend. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Debriefing from PES


  • Filling out our PES Observation Chart


I want you to take a look at all of the notes that we wrote, and I want you to write a paragraph.  In this paragraph, you are going to be writing about what matters about these observations.  What values are evident in this space?  To whom do these values belong?  What is a school day like here?  Why?  (You do not need to answer all of these questions in your paragraph.  These are just to help you get thinking.)  As you answer, be aware that you should be writing this response as though you are writing to someone unfamiliar with PES and possibly American schooling.  (Kind of like how Ehrenreich wrote for people unfamiliar with low-wage jobs in America.)

PES Field Trip

Monday, October 6, 2014

Practice PO Debrief


  • Important Announcements
  • Review of Mall Footage and Categories Observed
  • Intro to News Analysis Rewrite
  • Read the sample article
  • Mark with + where you see objectivity
  • Mark with - where you see biases

Friday, October 3, 2014

Practicing PO


  • Practice PO


  • Watch from 5:00 onward in
    • Watch it on mute.  The person in the video makes some odd comments.
  • Note anything that you see
  • Go back and label with the categories from your chart

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How to Do PO Day II


  • HW Share
  • Finish PPT
  • Signed permission slip for field trip

Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Do Participant Observation


  • What steps do you believe need to be taken?
  • Power Point Notes
  • Entering the Venue: How do we present ourselves?
    • Read Ehrenreich's Intro
    • Journal:
      • How did she present herself?
      • Do you think it fit the situation?
      • Look at the chart that I handed out to you.  Figure out where she falls in terms of how she presented herself.  Did she have to deal with the implications listed for that row of the chart?
  • Finish journal for tomorrow

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Catcha-all Day


  • Work on part 2 of your ad for Monday
  • Make sure you are prepared to discuss reading questions for tomorrow's class

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Participant Observation: Malnowski


  • Finish PPT Notes
  • Begin Documentary w/ guided notes
  • Read Nickel and Dimed excerpt for Thursday
  • and don't forget the reading questions that go with it!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Participant Observation Intro


  • Journal: How do we decide with whom to share information?
  • PPT: What is Participant Observation?
  • Handout: Benefits
  • Read the excerpt from Nickel and Dimed
  • Answer the reading questions (due Wed.)

Participant Observation Intro


  • Journal: How do we decide with whom to share information?
  • PPT: What is Participant Observation?
  • Handout: Benefits
  • Read the excerpt from Nickel and Dimed
  • Answer the reading questions (due Wed.)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

College Essay Workshop Day 3


  • Time to work on essay drafts
  • Make sure you have stage 1 of the ad assignment completed

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

College Essay Workshop Day II


  • Noodles college essay reading
  • 15 key components task
  • Workshop time for essays
  • Be prepared to continue to work on college essays tomorrow

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

College Essays Day 1


  • What do you think admissions officers look for?
  • Listening to a sample intro + analysis
  • Rubric analysis of essays
  • Read admission officer's blog entry
  • Part 1 of ad deadline postponed until tomorrow

Monday, September 15, 2014

Adapting for a New Culture: Ad Campaign


  • Consider Sample Ads
  • Work on Step 1 of ad project
  • Complete Step 1 Questions for tomorrow

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cross-Cultural Gaffes


  • Journal: Why would paying attention to register be useful for anthropologists?
  • Viewing: "10 Ways to Annoy Someone in a Different Culture" and HSBC Commercials
  • Discussion
  • Explanation of ad project
  • Choose a country and a product for your ad.  You may want to look at the links in the last blog post to see if your country is featured in any of them.  (Or you could do a quick Google search of your own for information, but you will have time on Monday to work on the planning questions in class.)

Some Resources for your Ad Assignment

Check these out if you are stuck:

I found these with a simple Google search of "what x means in different cultures."  Remember to keep in mind good research practice and cross reference the information that you find as few of these sites are likely to be from strictly educational sites.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Using Quotes in Our Writing

-Handout Review
-Practice introducing and embedding quotes in Gatsby selection

-Analysis pushed to Friday
-Finish paragraph introduction of sample quote if haven't already

Monday, September 8, 2014

Register and Changing Context of Language

-Dramatic Reading of a Real Break-Up Letter
-Register definition and handout
-Rewriting the Break-Up Letter for a new register (change at least one component of register)


For the situation and the variations, identify the three components of register in each.  Briefly bullet point or explain how the communication in each would change.

Situation:  A student in his final year at school is discussing his poor grades in a formal meeting with his teacher.

Variation 1: A husband and wife are discussing the poor grades of their son in an e-mail exchange.

Variation 2: A student is discussing his poor grades with his girlfriend on the telephone.

Link to the Break-Up Letter 

Friday, September 5, 2014

News Bias


  • Quiz on terms
  • Continue to work on news bias assignment

  • News bias article due on Wednesday

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Reading for Bias

Directions: Copy and paste the form below into a new Google Doc.  Please title the Google Doc "News Article Analysis."  Answer the questions included for an article of your choosing that focuses on culture.  You will be turning these answers into a 1-page, focused analysis to hand in on Tuesday.

News Articles to Consider:

(If you choose the above link, you are discussing the text that you can scroll through to the right of the picture.)

Ms. Hoffmann
Creative Ethnography

News Articles: A Cultural Perspective

Name of Article:


Write a 1-2 sentence summary of your article:

Do any sections stick out as being biased (and possibly ethnocentric)? Cite them here:

Do any sections stick out as being objective (displaying cultural relativism)?  Cite them here:

Overall, how would you characterize your news article?  Is it objective as a news article should be, or does it contain inherent biases?  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cultural Difference

-Chapter 2 discussion
-Watch and look for examples of our vocab in use

-Finish notes

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reading a Culture: The Sans Bushmen


  • Review reading questions
  • Video on the Sans Bushmen and the Click Language
  • Reading Begin: "Christmas in the Kalahari"
  • None

A First Look at Ethnography


  • Review terms/questions
  • Chapter 1: Ethnography and Culture
  • Finish answering questions on the reading

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Basics


  • Intro to anthropology video
  • Key definitions
  • Journal: What is key to life in the United States?  What is key to life in Proctor, VT?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014



Welcome to Creative Ethnography!  We just spent the day looking over the syllabus, so rest up to start with some notes and an introduction to anthropology tomorrow!


None, but don't get used to it!