Quick Write

We ended class last time writing from multiple perspectives. What does assuming different voices help us with in regards to an issue? What are current issues where this approach would help us?


Our book does not cover paraphrase in detail. What is a paraphrase? What is the difference from a summary or quoting?

Summary v Paraphrase v Quoting

  1. Paraphrase means putting what you have read into your own words.
  2. You paraphrase by reading something, thinking about what it means, and then restating it in your own words.
  3. Paraphrasing is a useful strategy to check to be sure that you have understood when reading something difficult or something that is important to remember.
  4. If you cannot paraphrase after reading, it is important to go back and reread to clarify information.

You are going to be paraphrasing as we learn about Ideology.


What is ideology?

A system of ideas and ideals, especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy. “the ideology of republicanism”

In social studies, a political ideology is a certain ethical set of ideals, principles, doctrines, myths, or symbols of a social movement, institution, class, or large group that explains how society should work, and offers some political and cultural blueprint for a certain social order.

The set of ideas and beliefs of a group or political party.

Jonathan Haidt: Can a Divided America Heal?

20 Minutes. Jon Haidt is a Social Psychologist. Write down anything you think is important or that stands out to you. Write down any words you don’t know so we can make a list for everyone.

So the first thing that you have to always keep in mind when you’re thinking about politics is that we’re tribal. We evolved for tribalism. One of the simplest and greatest insights into human social nature is the Bedouin proverb:
“Me against my brother; me and my brother against our cousin; me and my brother and cousins against the stranger.”


Take a few minutes and write a summary of what stood out to you from the video.

  • Put yourself in their shoes
  • Know where you are going
  • Summarizing Satirically
  • Use Signal Verbs
  • The Believing Game
  • Don’t write a “Closest Cliche”
  • Don’t write a “List Summary”