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Summer Assignment 2017

Due Wednesday, September 27

KRESGE 80—POWER and REPRESENTATION (Includes Kresge 80A, 80B, 80C, and 80F)


Eric Liu, “How to Get Power”, inWe Humans,<Ideas.Ted.Com>. 28 March 2017.

Eric Liu, “Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power” [video lecture], inTED: Ideas Worth Spreading.[Filmed 20 September 2013 at “TEDCity 2.0”, New York, NY.]

bell hooks, “Keeping Close to Home: Class and Education,” inWorking-Class Women in the Academy: Laborers in the Knowledge Factory(Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1993), 100-110.

Janelle Monáe (composer, performer), and Alan Ferguson (director). “Q.U.E.E.N.”, feat. Erykah Badu [music video]. New York: Atlantic Records, 2013.

Janelle Monáe (composer, performer), and Wendy Morgan (director), “Tightrope” feat. Big Boi [music video]. New York: Big Boy Records / WMG, 2010.

Your tasks:

1. Take careful reading/viewing/listening notes on each text(you should have at least 2 pages of notes). Some tips to consider for note-taking:

  • As you read, keep a record of your engagement with each text: What seems important? Where do you have questions? Where do you see connections?

  • Download and print paper copies of “How to Get Power” and “Keeping Close to Home.” Make annotations directly on the printouts and also take separate reading notes, keeping track of particularly compelling passages, words or references you need to look up, and any questions you’d like to bring to class. Your notes should trace the main argument or point each text seems to be making.

  • When watching and listening to the lecture-video (“Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power”), write down or paraphrase key points that Liu makes, and mark them with timecodes so you can return to listen again as needed.

  • For Janelle Monáe’s videos (“Q.U.E.E.N.” and “Tightrope”), take time to watch and listen at least twice to each.

    • In your first listening, focus on the lyrics, and how they are expressed—what words are emphasized? (The emphasis and expression can occur as a result of singers’ delivery, imagery, or other issues of performance.) What messages or assertions are important? What meanings can you draw from the lyrics that aren’t necessarily explicit?

    • In your second listening, consider focusing exclusively on what you hear. You may have noted, in your first listening, how Janelle Monáe and other singers’ choices affect the expression of the meanings of lyrics. This time, see if you can describe something about the melody—when does it change, and in what way? Do you notice changes in the accompaniment as well–the instruments, backing vocals, and other sounds? You may be feeling uncertain about describing musical experience, if you haven’t tried this before. If so, just trust your instincts and use whatever intuitive words you can find to help you remember specific moments in the recording.

    • If possible, come back a day or two later and watch/listen a third time, taking a step back and considering the music video as a whole expression. What new meanings emerge, now that you’re familiar with the different aspects of each song? As with the other texts, feel free to represent your sense of the songs’ expressions in whatever way seems intuitive.

After you’ve taken reading/viewing/listening notes on the individual texts...

    • Look for points of connectionbetweenthe texts in this list.

    • Make note of personal examples and associations that give you a framework for understanding the texts.

    • As you review your notes, think about your understanding of our course theme of “power and representation.” Where do you see these ideas come up in each text?

    • Think about how each text’s genre (Ted Talk, music video, academic essay, popular essay) might affect that way it conveys its ideas.

Diligent note-taking is an important step in preparing for the work that instructors will expect of you in most classes at UCSC. In Kresge 80, you’ll be asked to arrive at your seminar and section meetings with ideas and questionsready to go, and we hope the guidelines above help you develop reading and preparation habits to meet those expectations.

2. Write a 2-4 page paper in response to the following prompt:

In “How to Get Power,” Eric Liu argues that storytelling is “the catalytic agent for changing the status quo,” and discusses community activist Marshall Ganz’s model of the story ofself, the story ofus, and the story ofnow. First, thoroughly explain Ganz’s model, using examples from Liu’s essay or from your own observations and experiences. Then, apply this model to either bell hooks’s “Keeping Close to Home”orJanelle Monáe’s “Q.U.E.E.N.” and “Tightrope.” What is the story ofselfand/or story ofusthat hooks or Monáe is telling? How might this story be seen as a larger political intervention (a story ofnow)?

Your written response should be 2-4 pages (typed, double-spaced, standard 12-point font) and should include direct reference to at least two of these texts. Your note-taking and written response should be completed in advance of the opening plenary on Wednesday, September 27. Bring your notes, your marked-up copies of hooks and Liu, and your written response paper to your first Core seminar meeting; your instructor will likely collect all three.

2017-2018 School Year

Unless other dates are specified in the assignment, summer assignments are due the first day of school.

Summer Assignments are required for the following:

  • Elementary Reading
  • Elementary Math
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Social Studies

NOTE: If you transfer from a college prep level class to a Pre-AP or AP level class during the first semester, you are still required to complete the summer assignment.

Elementary Reading and Math

Bridge and Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Summer Skills Review books for our elementary students will be sent home during the last week of school. New students can pick up their copies at the main reception desk.

Secondary English

Following is a list of the English Department books for summer reading.  Please acquire these books as soon as possible so that your student will have ample time to read.  Katy Budget Books has set aside copies of each of these selections for your purchase.  They easily will be able to assist you with your required titles, but the books may be purchased at other book stores as well. If an ISBN number accompanies the book, that version is the required version.

Parents, please partner with us by encouraging your student to organize their time and anticipate vacation plans and any other scheduled events that would hinder the reading of their required summer books.  We are so thankful for your support in this matter.  Reading over the summer keeps your students’ reading skills sharpened and that affects all other subjects in school.

Any Assignment Using Edmodo – Edmodo Student Guide
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Entering 6th Grade College Prep
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Entering 6th Grade Pre-AP
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Entering 7th Grade College Prep
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Entering 7th Grade Pre-AP 
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Entering 8th Grade College Prep 
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Entering 8th Grade Pre-AP
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Entering 9th Grade College Prep AND Pre-AP
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Entering 10th Grade College Prep
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Entering 10th Grade Pre-AP
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Entering 11th Grade College Prep
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Entering 11th Grade AP
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Entering 12th Grade College Prep
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Entering 12th Grade AP
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English II for International Students
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Secondary Social Studies

All pre-AP and AP students in Grades 9 through 12 have summer assignments. There is also a College Prep 11th grade assignment.

If a student transfers from a college prep level course to a pre-AP or AP level course during the first semester, they will still be responsible for the summer assignment.

9th Grade PAP Ancient World History and Geography 
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10th Grade AP European History
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11th Grade College Prep US History
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11th Grade AP US History
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12th Grade AP Government & Politics 
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