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Last Updated: 4/6/07


Nacirema Essay

Professor Horace Miner's original fieldwork investigating certain body rituals among the Nacirema so intrigued me I decided to initialize my own participant-observer study, which culminated in this 359-word essay. Plus, the instructor said I had to for the assignment.

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Definition Essay

A term with a "communally-understood" (typically taken for granted) meaning, "service" actually is a word which has evolved greatly over time. In my 482-word essay based on this assignment, I describe my understanding of this evolution and how I believe it will apply to my Service-Learning work this semester.

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Sentence-Combining Exercise #1

A seemingly simple collection of related single sentences, the assignment had me considering how best to ... yadda-yadda-yadda....

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Sentence-Combining Exercise #2

Yet another collection of single sentences were to be combined in this assignment, Blah-blah-blah....

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Midterm Exam #1

For the First Midterm Essay, the assignment was to make perfect the abstracts for our WRA135 Webfolios. The abstracts are from several of the readings we have read on our own and discussed in class. This "First Midterm Essay." such as it is, was the first half of a two-part exam, wherein the first half was an objective exam.

Midterm Exam #2

As with the First Midterm Exam, the first section of the Second Midterm Exam was an objective one dealing with our readings and viewings. However, the Second Midterm Essay's "Written Section" dealt a focus on our SLWP (Service-Learning Writing Project) webfolios, an on-going project engaging an initial project Agreement, followed by Journal entries, and Project Updates. There were three parts to the Second Midterm: an objective exam, a grammar quiz, and the SLWP assignment.

Final Exam

Yet another mulit-part, in-class examination was given to Dowell's students, based on the schedule provided by the MSU Registrar.

  • The first part of the two-part Objective Section was to complete an exam concerning the in-class Presentations regarding the Civil Liberties: Opposing Viewpoints text, as well as some previous readings and viewings (perhaps most notably the American Promise video and text series from PBS).
  • The second part of that two-part Objective Section was to take another grammar quiz (this time one mirrored by Capitol Community College's collection from the English Department of Northern Illinois University).
  • Finally, the third part - the Written Section - of the Final Exam was an opportunity for Dowell's Spring Semester 2001 students a chance to utterly avoid any future admonitions/negative sanctions concerning plagiarism for their Webfolios.


Horace Miner's "Body Ritual among the Nacirema"

Miner's groundbreaking research into this strage - yet oddly familiar - tribe of body- and magic-obsessed people notes the very extremes to which humans may subject themselves in an effort to ward off evil spirits. The Nacirema demonstrate various body rituals ... et cetera....

Katherine Newman's "American Nightmares"

"In the face of ... downward mobility, people long accustomed to feeling secure and in control find themselves suddenly powerless and unable to direct their lives." In her essay "American Nightmares," anthropologist Katherine Newman maintains this is a primary factor in destroying a middle class family's financial comfort, often leaving them utterly hopeless. This largely-ignored plague has ruined many families, as "about one in five American men" experience downward mobility during their lifetime. Downward mobility is typically mistaken with poverty; they can be related but are quite different. Some generations have lived that way so it becomes natural. Since the destruction of the Great Depression is forever embedded in the past and should give Americans something to reflect upon, to prevent history from reacting itself.

Charles Derber's "The Good Man Fills His Own Stomach"

In "The Good Man Fills His Own Stomach," Charles Derber examines the issue of "wilding." A relatively new term relating to an old phenomenon, wilding describes people committing bodily harm to others and feeling a lack of empathy - or even joy - as a result. The motivation behind this horrendous act can range from greed to boredom and is not gender- ,race-, nor class-specific. While we seem to live in a time so similar to the Gilded Age, full of economic prosperity, one must ask why society could permit, and almost accept, such behaviors. Is narcissism simply becoming a new, dangerous way of life?

P.J. O'Rourke's "Slamming and Jamming"

Former National Lampoon writer/editor P.J. O'Rourke is certain Washington's programs on preventing poverty and urban drug use are doomed, so he accompanies the Guardian Angels on a "slamming and jamming" patrol for some rather more "hands-on" action: smashing crack pipes, tearing up money, and beating up junkies.

John Grisham's "Somewhere for Everyone."

Best-Selling American author John Grisham's piece for Newsweek describes his changes of heart from considering the homeless dangerous "bums" to the need for America - proving it is truly as great as it claims to be - to offer living space, "somewhere," for everyone ... not just offering peanut butter sandwiches and lip-service.

Jo Goodwin Parker's "What is Poverty?"

Jo Goodwin Parker's essay answers the question, "What is poverty?" She responds by saying, in part, it means "always being tired and having to ask for help ... staying up all night on cold nights ... an acid that drips on pride until all pride is worn away." Parker claims, "People all around us live in poverty. . . and they are often silent." In no small part because of this, she asks for people to look at poverty not with pitiful eyes but with angry hearts.

Studs Terkle's interview, "Mike LeFevre: Who Built the Pyramids?"

Mike LeFevre is considered something of a dying breed, a steelworker. Mills mass produce their raw materials and the laborers there never get to see the finished products. He says, "[i]t's hard to take pride in a bridge you're never gonna cross, in a door you're never gonna open. Everyone should have something to point to." LeFevre believes, "[i]f you can't improve yourself, improve your prosperity." LeFevre's kid is his imprint and he wants better opportunities for him. "I want my kid to look at me and say, 'Dad, you're a nice guy, but you're a f***ing dummy.' Hell yes, I want my kid to tell me that he's not gonna be like me." Terkle's interview goes for the "guts," yet clearly hits the heart of the matter.

Peter Marin's "Helping and Hating the Homeless."

Marin's rather difficult piece may be described as encompassing....

Jonathan Alter's "Bridging the Digital Divide."

Another Newsweek writer, Jonathan Alter's piece describes the growing "digital divide" between those who do and don't have access to the internet and precisely how this apparently class-based access....


My class group, the Wobblie Wombats, consists of Dave Johnson, Cindy Brown, and myself. As we selected Chapter Two of Civil Liberties: Opposing Viewpoints, we found considerable information on such diverse topics as....

As Cindy is our group's Moe, here is a link blah-blah....

Finally, here is a link to my individual webpage devoted to my "specialties" of drug-testing student atheletes and Michigan laws concerning religious symbols and prayers on public grounds.


My Service-Learning Writing Project included a considerable amount of writing for the Hypothetical Zone. With my team members, I blah yakkety yammer yadda-yadda-yadda, leading us to the conclusion we must all doodly-diddle floomin flooger at every human opportunity. This SLWP webfolio includes blah-blah-blah....

The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is a most valuable resource for people researching topics in this fast-growing field. As the homepage states, it is an "[a]cademic journal containing papers written by faculty and service-learning educators on research, theory, pedagogy, and issues pertinent to the service-learning community."

NOTE: remember also to link to your SLWP Webfolio your Reflections.