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21st-May-2009 01:27 am(no subject)
My response to this class is that it was great! You really are a great teacher. I have never learned so much in such a short amount of time. The best part for me is learning the PIE paragraphs honestly I had no idea how to construct a good essay before learning to use PIE. You would think they would teach you this stuff in high school, but they don’t.
Another great thing about your class is that you always made it interesting for an 8 am class it was the best I had so far, with coffee of course. The free writes were a great thing too. Some of the time when you gave us a subject to write about I would start not knowing what to write but once I started I could not stop. I was interesting how much can be written about from one simple thought. Another great thing were the youtube clips they were interesting and always related to class. The best one would have to be about Black English.
I also enjoyed that you taught the class about the society and made it real life today things. It was interesting to think that your life is divided into two parts or two different ways of life. Bringing the aspect of different social in a class that was clearly extremely diverse it was interesting to see the different opinions that arose.
I have nothing bad to say about this class I honestly learned a lot. You are by far the best teacher I have had here at Queen College. And its great to see a teacher that actually cares about his students and teaching them exactly what needs to be known as well as information that could be used later on.
21st-May-2009 01:26 am(no subject)
American Museum of Natural History

Walking into the museum it was very familiar I have visited once a couple of years ago with my family. Remembering the Norwest Coast Indians I went straight for them. It was just interesting to me their way of living. The artifact that interested me the most was the Haida Canoe.
The Haida Canoe was explained to us to be a 63 foot long canoe made out of one piece of wood. It was interesting to learn that the way they were able to make the boat as big as they did was by using boiling water to widen it and make the wood eight and a half feet wide. Another interesting part of the boat was the painting on the side of it. It is said that the boat is not exactly from the tribe that is on it but might have been sold a different one.
On the boat you can see that there is a leader in the front and what looks like royalty sitting in the back. Then in the middle you have slaves that are rowing the boat. The slaves can be seen as working hard and tired. You can see that there is a man in the back sitting on a chair and his guards next to him. This indicated that the Indians had some type of social system. There were indeed different ranks in position especially portrayed in this picture. The men rowing were most defiantly the lowest because they were doing the most work. One thing that is missing from the whole picture are the women. Women in that time were not the ones to be traveling they were mostly likely on land with the kids and working on the field and animals.
In this picture you are able to put a picture in your head of what went one in the past. It informs society today of the technology and social rankings of years before them. In technology I mean by the way they were able to make the canoe. Also the craftsmanship done on the side of the canoe is interesting the time and work that was put in and they did not have tools close to what we have today. It show the people of today how individuals lived in the past. The social system is very clear as seen there is a leader in the back of the canoe sitting, you are able to see that he is in power because of the way he is dressed. He is dressed in animal skin and is sitting indicating he is in power. Than he has his bodyguards protecting him from all sides, dressed also in animal skins and holding bones which look like weapons. The right in front of him he has the slaves who are barely dressed and rowing the canoe looking tired and drained. And finally at the very front of the boat you have a leader that looks like he is giving the directions and urging on the slaves to row.
I liked the exhibit there was nothing really that I did not like. Everything was set up like it was happening in that moment. It’s a good way of reminding people what went on in the past and in some ways how difficult it was. In a way making you thankful that you don’t have to live like that anymore.
21st-May-2009 01:24 am(no subject)
http://www.rastko.rs/arheologija/djankovic-serbs_balkans.htm The Serbs in the Balkan in the light of Archaeological Findings….. The only written source of tradition that was preserved was written by Emperor Constantine Porphyrogentius VII. The serb first officially settled in Dalmtia. The serbs are known to be of the oldest Slav people. “The culture of south slavs is well known thanks to the researches carried out in Bulgaria, Romania and in our country.
http://www.uark.edu/misc/aras/>;... Archaeological parks in the U.S
.......This site explains the different parks that are open to the public. The areas that are open to the public are archaeological sites that have been preserved and are above ground remains. An example would be the anciet pueblos of the Soutwest. the purpose of this is to share to the public the different archaeological site across the U.S

<http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/barstow/calico.html>; Calico Early Man Site
...... The Calico Early Man site is located in Barstow, California. Archaeologist found "fragments embedded in the sediments of the shoreline of an ancient Pleistocene Era lake, called Lake Manix." It is possible that in this site there were early nomadic hunter and gathers came to this area to show off there tools. there were no human remains in this site. Some tools included stone knives, scrappers, picks...etc. The site was dated back 200,000 years by using uranium-thorium dating process on the surrounding strata, by Drs. James Bishchoff, Richard Ku, and Roy Shlemon.

<http://www.flheritage.com/archaeology/underwater/preserves/uwurca.cfm>; The Underwater Archaeological Perserves..... Urca De Lima.... The well known shipwreck in the 1920s was the Urca de Lima. it was one of the 11 vessels that set sail from cuba back to spain but never made it there. The ship carried no real jewels or treasures but private silver in sacks and chests. As well as packets of chocolate, Vanilla, and sassafras. Because of a hurricane the ship was struck at the coast of florida causing it to go down. most of the content was saved due to the stout hull of the boat. it was of the first ships to be salvaged by the spanish crews of the Havana. Not everything was saved due to the turbid sand that engulfed the rest of the cargo. Making this today a preserved archaeological site.

<http://worldheritagesite.org/sites/vergina.html>...Archaeological Site of Aigai
... The archaeological site of Aigai is a site in Greece that became famous in 1977. The reason for it becoming famous was for the discovery of the tomb of Alexander the Great's father, King Philip of Macedon. Finding this site proved that Vergina most definetly ancient Macedonia;s first capital called Aegae. One interesting part was that it became the burial place for the Macedonian kings to be buried there. The site dates all the way back to 1000 BC to 168 Bc when in that time the city was invaded by the Romans and burnt down.

http://www.peabody.yale.edu/collections/pb/… Paleobotany… A Yale Museum has a collection of different specimens over 150,00 and 4,200 illustrated specimens. The roots were tracked back to the early 19th century. The collection is known to be the most historically significant in the United States. The collection consists of specimens from North America, Arctic, Australia, Central America, Europe, Israel, Pakistan, Lebanon, South America and the West Indies.
http://www.archaeologyexpert.co.uk/TypesOfArchaeology.html… Classical Archaeology… The basis of classical archaeology are the two ancient culture of Greece and Italy. The Classical Period was from 500 BC to 30 BC. They might have been a short period of time but produced the greatest monuments, philosophy, art and architecture that have been used as the building blocks of western Civilization. The most famous classical site are found in Athens and Rome. In the late 1800s Heinrich Schliemann believe he revealed the legendary city of Troy but soon found out that it was not true.

http://www.archaeologyexpert.co.uk/TypesOfArchaeology.html….. Ethno- Archaeology… Ethno- Archaeology is the study of the living culture in their natural habitat to be able to understand the artifacts found such as tools, human remains and animal fossils used in hunting an gathering. It is believed that life during the Neolithic period shares the same similarities as today’s Austrian Aborigine or the North American Eskimo. The ethno – archaeology helps interpret what is found in remain at the sites.
http://archaeology.about.com/cs/romanarchaeology/a/pompeii.htm… Pompeii: Buried in Ages….. The most famous and well preserved archaeological site is known as Pompeii, which is buried under the ash and lava erupted by Mount Vesuvios in 79 AD. The first occupations at Pompeii date back to the 16th century BC. Pompeii was amoung the earliest of archaeological excavations. Full scale excavtion began in 1748 and still to this day go on.
http://archaeology.about.com/b/2006/08/20/archaeology-of-greenland.htm…..Archaeology of Greenland….. Greenland begins about 4000 years ago. What is most known for in the Greenland’s are the abandoned homes of the Vikings. For example Nipaatsog also known as “ Pompeii of the North” because it was very well preserved. The Norse fled Greenland in the year 1350 AD because they were not able to adapt to the local ideas of living.
20th-May-2009 11:29 pm(no subject)
Aleksandra Djuretic Djuretic,1
Professor Alvarez
21 April 2009

I chose to conduct an interview with my mother. Since I was a little girl she has always told my siblings and I parts of her childhood and it was always very interesting. She would tell us thing like how it was when she first came to America at the age of nine, how life was and the difficulties that came with everything. That is the reason I chose my mother to do the interview on.
I decided to conduct my interview in the kitchen as she sat across from me I began my interview by asking where were you born? And how was your childhood like? My mother was born in a small town in Serbia. She was a middle child with an older sister and younger brother. At the age of nine my grandparents decided that it would be a good idea for the family to move to America. “How did you like it when you came to America.” She says, “ it was very difficult none of us knew English we had to live in a small apartment and the adaptation took awhile.” (In Serbia kids grow up in the outdoor playing outside working in the farm with animals, it was very different when all of them came to America. They went from being outdoors 24/7 to being closed in a small apartment all day.) I can only image how it could have been to go to a country where you don’t know the language or any people around you. “How was it when you began school? She says, “School was hard I did not know English and making friend was very difficult. Like kids they all judge. The only friends I had were my cousins, but I got through it I
graduated fifth grade and eighth grade. Where did you attend high school? “I wasn’t allowed to go to high school.” Why is that? “My family did not have much money at the time it was very difficult for everyone at that time, so my dad thought the best thing for me would be to get a job. At the age of fourteen I began to work in a sweater factory. It was hard. This is the reason why I yell at you to do well in school! I knew I had to finish something so I decided to get my GED no matter how hard it was. I had to go to work from 7to 5 then quickly go home eat and then go to class from 7 to 9 everyday. I was able to get my GED at the age of 16 it was a different system back then.
What were your parents and siblings doing at that time? Well my sister who is only two years older than me thought that it would be the best choice to get married at the age of 15. So she moved back to Serbia. My brother was still in school because he was young. When I was sixteen my parents ended up having a divorce, it was a difficult time to be in I didn’t have my sister and then to go through something like this was hard. America is a difficult place if you are not prepared to live here. I lived wit my mother after but I still had a good relationship with my father.” Wow that’s hard are you happy where you are today? “ Of course I’m happy your father is the greatest thing that has happen to me and you kids are even greater. I truly fele like God blessed me with what I have today. Life is all about obstacles its how you deal with them that determines what kind of life you will have. My biggest advice in life is to believe in God and treat everyone the right way and God will always be there to help you.”

How was it when I was born? Where you and dad scared for what was in front of you? “Like every parent we were scared not to make any mistakes. Since the day you were born we tried to raise you the best way we could. We worked a lot in the beginning so you had to spend a lot of time at the babysitters but we always made sure to spend time with you to teach you manors, morals and respect. You were our little angel and we wanted you to be the best.” Did it become easier as you had my sister? “When your sister was born we were in a much better financial standing. We were able to buy a house and you grandmother was able to come from Montenegro to watch the two of you, so things became a lot easier. We were able to be a very close family.” Do you feel you have done your best as a parent? Well I sure hope so ever since you were little we have always tried to talk to you and teach the right way to act and conduct certain situation. We have also always taught to you to think for the future (me shaking my head yes). Yes maybe we were a little too strict but that’s how you will be too you’ll see. You always worry about the first child the most, is it right was she’s doing? Who is she going to hang out with? , All these questions run through your mind. The number one thing your father and I wanted was for all of our kids is to go to school and do better then we ever could have.
What are you expectations for me? I most definitely want you to finish school before anything then slowly find a normal job and have a nice family. Like every mother would want (as she smiles). You are a good girl and I am happy I raised a wonderful child like you. You are doing good just keep up like this and you’ll be great.

Listening to my moms’ story tells me a lot about how life is for some people and how grateful I am to be in the position I am now. Even though they can be extremely strict at times I completely understand because every parent wants their child to be the best no matter what. I know I will be a strict parents even though I get mad at them sometime for being the way they are but I know it is all for the best.
20th-May-2009 11:27 pm - report
Aleksandra Djuretic
Professor Alvarez
English 110
7 April 2009

Upbringing According to Lareau : My Life
As children we live our lives in a certain pattern. Whether is it strict or lenient we all have a certain way of life. Annette Lareau in Unequal Childhoods gives us two aspects of growth, Concerted Cultivation and Natural Growth. Lareau presents the main use of “concerted cultivation” in middle class families (2). The author explains to us that the way of life for these children is more conservative. Each child has its own schedule of events and activities all planned out by parents. The children even have their leisure time scheduled. The reason for this would be because the parents of the young children want them to develop certain skills at an early age, which most do. The skills are responsibility, hard work, teamwork, and to respect authority. All of this is done to the children to develop certain “life chances”.
Another aspect of ones’ life would be “natural growth.” Growing up in natural growth is a completely different experiences then that of concerted cultivation. Lareau writes,
For working – class and poor families, the cultural logic of child rearing at home is out of synch with the standards of institutions. (3)

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When writing this she explains to us that in the household of a natural growth child rules are not that strict but when they enter the school environment they have a whole new sense of authority. The working/poor class family does not have as many opportunities as the middle class family. A child growing up in a lifestyle like this has much more freedom and much more space to make mistakes throughout life. One difference between the two groups is that natural growth does not have as many demanding scheduled events as concerted cultivation has. The child has more control of his/her leisure time (3). When a child wants to watch TV or go ride their bike each is allowed to do so. For many those are the only events they have in their days.
When reading about the different ways of life I did not know where to place myself. My parents are both immigrants that came from Serbia and Montenegro. They grew up in a very “natural growth” life style. I am the oldest child in my family. When I was born my parents began to raise me under natural growth. I had to go from babysitter to babysitter because they could not take care of me. Both of my parents worked very hard and long day shifts. My father worked in a metal factory and my mother worked in a sweater factory. When I started school I was never really told I had to be perfect. I was very shy growing up. But they still managed to be very strict with me. When my sister was born and started school my parents’ way of thinking changed. School was our main priority we had to do our best. My parents never had the opportunity to have the good education we had so that is why school was very important. I never had a 100

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average but I did make it to the honor roll. We were very disciplined and knew how to act in front of people Making our life style more like concerted cultivation.
While growing up in my teen years my parents became very involved in my life. They were very strict and did not let me do much. I was not allowed to go out. Coming from a different country to America made them very concerned with what actually goes on between teens. They were afraid of mistakes I might have made if they were not tough. The only thing I really had was dance, and I loved it. It never really bothered me that I wasn’t allowed to go out because I had it in the back of my head I always knew that this was all done for a reason. As my mother told me in the interview, “You always worry about the first child the most, is it right was she’s doing? Who is she going to hang out with? , All these questions run through your mind.” If my parents’ did not each me to be a good person and be strict on me I would not be who I am today. I remember as a little girl my father talking to me about how I have to try to do my best in everything I decide to do. Like most fathers he was the most worried about the boys. He would tell me to respect myself and to not to let anyone treat me with disrespect. He has always taught me to know that life is not easy and that I have to work.

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Lareau writes, “cultural capital are skills individuals inherit”, I feel that my family has given me a cultural capital in my life. At this point in my life I feel like my parents really helped me through a lot. No matter what I do their opinion matters the most. My parents grew up in Europe and were taught in different ways. They were always taught that nothing comes easy and it has to be worked for. With them struggling to come to America and different family problems they were still able to come out of all the tough times. Little by little they were able to go from the working class to the middle class. In Unequal Childhoods Lareau writes,
Compared to Europeans, individuals in the United States are much more likely to believe they can improve their standard of living. Put differently, Americans believe in the American dream: “ The American dream that we were raised on is simple but powerful one- if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be given a chance to go as far as your God-given ability will take you.” (7)
I believe that coming to America for my parents and now for me gave them a new way of life and that would be the American dream. I see a lot of European factors come out in my parents like how they are strict and want to be known as the authority figure, not to be talked back to. This can also be related to “natural growth.” As Lareau explains that the American dream gives us all the opportunity to succeed and do well if we “work hard and play by the rules.” I completely agree with this life is not easy and nothing will be handed

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As I go along writing this I can see that more of my life is reared to natural growth with a few tips of concerted cultivation. As I wrote before dance was my sport. In natural growth setting I am able to choose my sport and that sport was dance. I began when I was three and ever since then I loved it. My parents never pushed me to go to each class or ever tell told me that I had to stay. It taught me a sense of responsibility, having to be there at a certain time, hard work- classes tended to last six hours at a time, and teamwork because if one person messed up the whole dance would be ruined. This also taught me a lot of discipline. With these skills learned one can see this as a sense of cultural capital. I was able to carry this out in high school. I was part of the dance team and the drama club. Performing in shows was also my favorite thing to do. It gave me such an adrenaline rush when performing. I was never forced to do anything but growing up it always gave me structure, which I liked. In Unequal childhoods Lareau states,
Although it is less obvious to both parents and children, skills acquired in organized activities will continue to be useful when, as teenagers or young adults, these youngsters take their first jobs (62).
Even though I did not participate in many activities at one time, two was enough. It taught me how to respect an authority figure and take criticism. Life is not easy and there will be someone there to correct and tell you that you are wrong. From this, one needs to grow as a person and realize how to become better. When I applied for my first job I was seventeen, it was the hardest thing I had to do. I applied to work at a clothing store called Zara in Manhattan. I did not know what to expect. Would they like me? Will I be good
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enough? These thoughts went through my head. I was hired. When I began to work I took all the skills I learned growing up and put them to use. Zara was not an easy job. I had to make sure all the clothing in my section of the store was folded at all times, I had to help customers, and I had to take orders from people. The managers were on top of me at all times. I was the new girl and the youngest there, and this meant I would be the one expected to make the most mistakes. I did not, I wanted them to see that I was responsible and followed good direction. I also was able to learn a lot just by paying attention to what the other girls did. After a week my manager pulled me in to her office and told me she was very proud to see that I am handling everything the right way. I became proud of myself, I showed myself that I could accomplish a lot by putting effort into whatever I do.
My family is a big part in my life. I have two younger siblings, one sister who is fifteen and a brother who is five. Growing up my parents have always taught us that we had to be there for each other no matter what. My sister is my best friend. I was not allowed to go out when I was younger so she was the closest person I could play with. I remember being in the sixth grade and still playing with dolls because she used to. As I grew up my sister started to too. We grew up sort of in the same pace. We never really competed with one another except when it came to school. My parents used school as a “get- out- of- jail- free card” if we got good grades, and other advantages. The only difference between my sister and me was that her bar was set a lot higher than mine. As I
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stated earlier my parents put a lot more pressure on my sister from the beginning. In Unequal Childhoods Lareau writes
Spence’s relative inferiority as an athlete colors his relationship with Garrett. Sometimes he goes out of his way to identify areas in which his older brother is not accomplished (55).
This relates to my sister and I. When either one of us does not get our way, like going out when we want we try to bring out the bad stuff the other did to get her to stay home too. Another time this is used when doing chores, “ I did it today and she did not, it’s not fair.” Competition one way or another will always be there, it is how each situation is dealt with that matters. No matter how much we compete we always realize that we are there for each other. I am always trying to set an example for both my brother and sister. Even though my parents put a lot of stress on my sister for school, I am the child they were the strictest with. I see that things have changed in that way too. My sister gets a lot more freedom then I ever dreamed of, so I try to teach her now what my parents taught me that the more freedom one gets the more responsibility that comes along with it.
Growing up with both concerted cultivation and natural growth has helped me to get to where I am today. If it weren’t for my parents I would not be in college today. It is because of them that I have the skills to succeed in life. I always hoped to do my best I never wanted to be the worst child. I might not be perfect but I do try to take what they say to me to heart. Like my mom always says,

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Life is all about obstacles its how you deal with them that determines what kind of life you will have. My biggest advice in life is to believe in God and treat everyone the right way and God will always be there to help you.
I agree if a person tries hard and is genuine with what they do, good things will always come around.
After reading and studying Lareau’s book Unequal Childhoods I have been able to analyze my own life. Concerted cultivation and natural growth are two ways of my life with a little from both. Concerted Cultivation is shown in the way my parents always spoke to me like I was an adult as well as trying to prepare me for future events. Natural growth was also presented to me in my choice of play and leisure time. It was nice to stop and think about the different ways of life and how social rankings determine if it will be an easier one.
21st-Mar-2009 10:48 am - Syllabus
Dear friends, the rest of the schedule of classes on the syllabus for this course is up on blackboard. 

And keep writing all your good writing.  Cheers.
19th-Mar-2009 10:36 am - For Class 3/24 ESSAY ROUGH DRAFT
A reminder for next class that four pages of prose are due, following these general guidelines:


-- Double-spaced (except single-space pull-out quotes)

--Times New Roman / 12 point—make sure you cite page numbers




--Page numbers


--PIE paragraphs


--No intro / no conclusion / just body paragraphs



Using Unequal Childhoods, interpret your upbringing and scholastic achievement using the lens of “concerted cultivation” and “natural growth”. Also include the terms “cultural capital” and “social mobility”. 

18th-Mar-2009 10:51 pm(no subject)

After reading the article I disagree with the idea. The theory in the article tries to imply

that non co-ed classrooms provide a better learning environment for children. In

this case the children are majority elementary school children. This is where I must

differ. I honestley do not believe that at this age the distraction of the opposite sex

truley takes over a childs attention enough not to be able to get there work done. At

the age of 10 or 11, or whatever the case may be I do not remember myself just yet

interested in the opposite sex. Especially not in the classroom, the idea of "cooties" and

"girls belong on jupiter" where still very much alive in my head. So by seperating the

classrooms in an attempt to gain more attentive students I dont think is key. The

students might instead actually start to demonstrate more of a playful behavior

especially in the boy classrooms.  

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