Sunday, July 27, 2014

Writing in English 24 and in the Social Sciences

In chapter 14 “Analyze this” Erin Ackerman, Discusses the elements that go into writing in the Social Sciences, these elements are, the introduction and thesis, the literature review and finally, the analysis. She explains that the social sciences are the study of people how they act and relate with each other. She claims that as a student of the social sciences, it’s not only your voice and opinions that are important and relevant, you are not alone. According to Ackerman “In other words, you’ll need to start with what others say and then present what you say as a response” (176) to be a good writer you need to be able show what other people have said, about the topic you might be writing about, in other words the ‘They say’ in a conversation. Writing in the social sciences includes a lot of data and explaining if you agree, disagree or if you believe that the data is incorrect or the data doesn't include all the relevant point in a specific topic. Ackerman also explains how it’s common in the social sciences to summarize a lot of different arguments in a single paragraph. She believes it’s very important to not only paraphrase but to include direct quotations of what others have said, and give credit to the original source. In the analysis of a social sciences paper, you must define your data, show where you got the data, and explain what you've done with the data. Ackerman also explains that you should include a naysayer to give other people’s views, and a “why should they care?” because in the social sciences “it’s important to include how your research may affect the assumptions we make about human behavior” (Ackerman 190). Basically you need to include a ‘why should they care’ because it may help how other people continue the conversation, and it shows who it may be affecting.

I believe that writing in the social sciences is very similar to writing in English 24. I believe this because like in the social sciences, in English 24 the writing we do a lot of the time is thesis driven (our claim), you also have to include a ‘they say’, bringing in different sources to help analyze a specific topic, or like in our class a piece of our pop culture. In our English class we also have agree, disagree or both with someone’s argument and include why and how that relates to our argument, and in our final essay we have to include a naysayer to give voice to the other side of the conversation like they do in the social sciences writing. One of the differences in writing in the social sciences and writing in English is that they use more statistics to prove their point. Also it’s important to give appropriate credit to the sources we use. 
I chose this picture because writing in  H.S. English classes is so much more different and has a totally different purpose than what I've noticed in college. 


  1. I like your pic and the connection you made with the class and social science.

  2. I agree that this article descibes some of the smae techniques used in ENG 24 this semester. Many of our papers were us responding to a claim made by another individual through a piece of their work, and then stating reasons why we are for or against it. However, I wonder if many people held certain views before reading a given article, or if the article unkowingly convinced us of something pertaining to a subject we had never thought about before.

  3. I agree that social science is a lot like writing English papers, I thought that as we went over it in class. But do you think that a social science paper can be an English paper since it follows nearly the same format?

  4. Great post! And that meme is awesome :-)