Exercise 1.2

January 31, 2019

The aim of this exercise is to better understand “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” by identifying key terms, topic sentences and main ideas in sections of the essay.

Due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7th

Part 1: Reading
Carefully read “Thesis III: The Monster is the Harbinger of Category Crisis” and “Thesis IV: The Monster Dwells at the Gates of Difference” in “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).” In your class journal, take note of no more than four key terms you encounter in each section. Research and write down their definitions. Also try to write down ideas and questions that you have in response to specific parts of this section. Bring your annotated copy of this essay to class on Thursday, February 7th.

Part 2: Writing 
In your own hard copy of “Monster Culture (Seven Theses),” underline the topic sentence of each paragraph in each thesis (Up to Thesis V). In each section, select the topic sentence that you think expresses the main point. Write out each topic sentence and then explain what each means in your own words. Try to be as specific as possible. Post your response below as a COMMENT to this post.

Exercise 1.1

January 30, 2019

Part 1: Reading
Carefully read the “Introduction and Thesis I” in “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).” On your hard copy, highlight, underline, or circle no more than eight difficult but important words you encounter. “Important words” are words that might be often repeated or are located in places where it seems Cohen is explaining his main idea. Research and write down their definitions. Also try to write down ideas and questions that you have in response to specific parts of this section. Bring your annotated copy of this essay to class on Thursday, January 31st

Part 2: Writing 
Find one (1) sentence that you think expresses the main point of Thesis I of Monster Culture. Write it out and then explain what it means in your own words. Try to be as specific as possible. Post your sentence and explanation below as a comment to this post. (To be able to post, you need to go to qwriting.org and sign up for an account using your QC email address ending in @qmail.cuny.edu. Once you have an account, join the site by using the link on the right).