• Freewrite about your research intentions:
    • What do you hope to get out of your investigations?
    • Do you anticipate any difficulties?
    • Are you excited, nervous, or ambivalent about field research? How do you plan to address any of these feelings?

Getting Things Done

  • What do I do with this stuff?
  • How do I corroborate my field research with my database research?


In three teams (I'll sort them out in class), choose one of the three following readings:

  1. Mirabelli, "Learning to Serve: The Language and Literacy of Food Service Workers" (p.538-554)
  2. McCarthy, "A Stranger in Strange Lands: A College Student Writing Across the Curriculum" (p.667-695)
  3. Branick, "Coaches Can Read, Too: An Ethnographic Study of a Football Coaching Discourse Community" (p.557-573)
  • On Wednesday, you'll be responsible for facilitations about these readings. Each member must discuss one distinct aspect of the reading, in relationship to the Ethnography you're working on. For example, one team member might discuss one aspect of the discourse community (lexis, goals, genres), or one of you might discuss one of the procedural aspects of the research (interviews, observations [quantitative, qualitative, participant, non-participant], thesis).
  • Each team will have about half of a class to facilitate (I'll decide randomly, so everyone needs to be prepared on Wednesday!) and the third group to go will have the beginning of Friday's class.
    • This facilitation counts for two homework grades, so be sure to make your participation evident!
  • Bring your full draft of your Annotated Bibliography on Monday for peer review!