Review sociological concepts to include in your paper. You may choose any topic or topics we have already discussed or topics not discussed that are included in your textbook. For instance, if you life has been influenced by war, we won’t be getting to that topic, but you can read it for yourself. Some of the major sociological concepts, like how sociologists define "sociology," "community," "culture" and "customs" might be good topics. Think about how your life is influenced by one of the sociological paradigms: functional, conflict, or symbolic. How did one of those paradigms influence your life?
Reflect on the concepts listed in step one, considering how they might have affected your personal development. For example, consider whether racial tension in your society shaped how you view people who are different from you or whether a community value of hard work in your neighborhood helped shape your attitude toward academia. Write these reflections -- without worrying about spelling, grammar and if they really make sense -- on a blank word processing document or in a journal.
Reread your reflections and decide which you would like to include in your paper. Create a timeline that maps your story out from the beginning to end. Place each of these events along the timeline. Reread the timeline and determine if there are any unnecessary details you need to remove, or if there are events you need to include to make your story make sense. Add or cross out events on the timeline.
Using the timeline, write your essay with a beginning, middle and end. At the end of the essay, include in your conclusion some reflection about how you view society as shaping or not shaping you as a person. Reread your essay, and include sociological terms when necessary and relevant to meet class requirements.
The final essay:
This should be typed, double-spaced, and at least three full pages long. Your name goes on the top of the first page. You need to proofread, proofread, proofread. While you may have an A quality idea, it may be difficult to find if it’s mired in bad grammar and spelling problems. The only sources you should be using is possibly the text book as you might want to define a term. Other than that, I don’t want to see anybody’s thoughts but yours. Turn it in on time. This is 10% of your semester grade