The essay should highlight the main points from each of the readings, synthesizing them, and reflecting on potential contradictions, themes, questions raised and the like. The goal is to pull the material together to provide a mini-lecture that reflects your perspective on the readings, and not simply to delineate all the points made in the article. The format should be a wide-ranging and flexible format, but I would encourage you to focus on the ideas and content, and to try to have a conversational tone (and not to simply read off a script).
Find below links to the assigned readings for the week，and come prepared with a list of reactions, questions, and comments:
- Elliott, Andrea. “Invisible Child (Links to an external site.).” The New York Times 9 December 2013. Web. [Read Parts 1-5.]
- Duncan, Greg J., Amy Claessens, Aletha C. Huston, Linda S. Pagani, Mimi Engel, Holly Sexton, Chantelle J. Dowsett, Katherine Magnuson, Pamela Klebanov, Leon Feinstein, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Kathryn Duckworth, and Crista Japel. “School Readiness and Later Achievement (Links to an external site.).” Developmental Psychology 43.6 (2007): 1428-1446.
- Lareau, Annette. “Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families (Links to an external site.).” American Sociological Review 67.5 (2002): 747-776.
- Jonsson, Jan O., David B. Grusky, Matthew Di Carlo, Reinhard Pollak, and Mary C. Brinton. “Microclass Mobility: Social Reproduction in Four Countries (Links to an external site.).” American Journal of Sociology 114.4 (2009): 977-1036.