In this assignment you will take a look at your own placement in the social world – first by using statistics to describe schools and locations, and then reflecting on what impact these statistics may have had on your life.
The goal of this assignment is to illuminate the influence of sociological factors on individual experiences using your own life experiences as an example. That is, you will apply the sociological imagination to your own life in examining the influence of where you have lived and gone to school.
PART 1: Examining your school: First I want you to start by looking up data on at least one school youve attended, and at least one place youve lived (if you did not attend school in the US, just use the map to choose a place youd be interested in learning more about).
Using this website, look up your school district (preferably your high school).You can use the map and zoom in until you find your school district, or you can search for your school district/school name.If your school district is not available, use the map to look at a nearby school district, or find a place that you think might be comparable. Just tell me in your answer why you chose that school/school district.
Click on nearby schools how does the racial composition of the school compare to other nearby schools? Do schools in the district have similar racial and economic distributions? Or do the schools differ markedly in terms of the percent minority students served, or the percent of or reduced lunch? What is the racial composition of ? What is the racial composition of disciplinary measures?
What to writePart 1:What are some of the statistics you found out about your school and how does it compare to other schools? Does your school seem to and to have ? Does the data provided by this website confirm or contradict your experiences at this school?
PART 2: Examining where you lived during your
Next, go toand enter the zip code of a place that you lived during your high school years. (if there are no results for your zip code, choose a zip code from a place near to where you lived during your high school years. If you lived in multiple places during your high school years, you can choose one location).
What to write Part 2:Report the following numbers and the percentile for each. The percentile tells you how your area compares to the national average. Is this area similar to the national average? Or is it higher/lower on different measures? (You may also compare it to
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