“Conscience” – Reading for Thursday

Please read only section A of the reading for Thursday: conscience

Please create a short outline, with one main idea and two supporting ideas or personal reflections per paragraph. (If a paragraph is only one or two sentences, combine it with the one after it.)


Extra Credit – Anne Frank

If you would like some extra credit, please check out this extra credit assignment: Anne Frank Extra Credit Assignment.

We’re dealing with the old school approach to extra credit – by doing this assignment, you’re going above and beyond the call of duty as a student.

To earn the credit, please attend (or perform in) one of the Anne Frank performances this week, and write a short paper applying the themes of our class to the characters of the play. Worth up to 10 pts. depending on the quality of the work.

Even if you don’t plan on doing the assignment, attend anyway! It’s one of the classics of American theater, and the actors and crew have been putting in incredible amounts of work to make it come to life. (Break a leg, all those in it, and happy hell week!)

Unit 1 + 2 Test – Monday

Just a reminder that your Unit 1 + 2 Test is on Monday.

The PowerPoints for both units have been posted on the Assignments and Readings page, as well as links to all the readings and the study guide if you need an extra copy.

Please remember that the study guide is a homework grade! If you have any questions, email me and I’ll do my best to answer.

Thanks, all. Have a great weekend.

Hook-Up Culture and Habit Formation

For Monday, please read Zimmerman’s article “In Control? The Hookup Culture and the Practice of Relationships” and offer a four paragraph response:

Paragraph 1 – Identify and explain Zimmerman’s main argument or claim. What relationship does she identify between hook-up culture and habit formation?

Paragraphs 2 + 3: Find and describe two supporting arguments for Zimmerman’s main argument. How does she support her main idea?

Paragraph 4: Write a short response to Zimmerman’s article. Remember – please engage in civil discourse. Do not focus on her tone or attitude or provide ad hominem arguments – rather, provide non-emotional evaluation of her argument, both points you agree with and questions/disagreements you have. Please explain your evaluation!

Each paragraph should be at least 5-6 thoughtful and critical sentences.

Lastly, please remember the point of this is not to memorize her arguments, but to engage critically with her ideas and evaluate how virtue ethics and habits might help us analyze our own culture.

Aristotle and Virtue Theory

Hey gang,

In case you’re having trouble with Aristotle, here’s a helpful video that sums up most of Book II (especially Chapter 2!). He misses some key points, but overall, it’s a good summary if you’re stuck on the reading. Try watching it and going back to the reading after – sometimes, a simple summary can help you understand some of the more complex language and examples Aristotle uses.