Assignment Sample Sampler


Read 10 short excerpts on the social self, tweet each paragraph level for each one (for yourself — don't turn in), write a single tweet capturing the take-away from each excerpt, write a one page "story" of theories of self and society.

Feedback and Comments

  1. Most tweets excellent. Ones that were not often simply did not make sense. Look over what you have written. If it is not more straightforward than the thing you are writing about, it's probably not done.


  1. Short, straightforward, useful
    • Freud: psyche in 3 parts. Ego manages conflict between selfish (Eros) and destructive (death) instincts (id) and social requirements (superego).
  2. Right on with the main idea, but no vocabulary
    • Freud: we face friction between ourselves because of our basic human instincts and what society deems acceptable.
  3. Nice and clean, but is it the "top level" take-away?
    • The human psyche and its acts of consciousness are characterized primarily by two instincts: libido and destruction.
  4. Too long, but right on:
    • The psychical apparatus is composed of three agents: the id, which is the source of instincts that can be divided into two categories of Eros and the destructive instinct; the ego, which mediates between the id and the external world with the goals of self-preservation and pleasure-seeking; and the superego, set up by external influence to suppress aggressive and pleasure seeking behavior.
  5. Too much blah blah blah academic speak can prevent us from stating simple facts
    • Freud's psychical apparatus demonstrates that for a complicated structure which employs the use of the Id, Ego, and Super-ego within the structure of the unconscious and the pre-conscious. This theory of instinct is a theory that all actions, thoughts, and intents can be traced back to being caused by instinct.
  6. Trying to put too many concepts together can lead to getting the relationships wrong
    • "There are two sets of instincts: Life and death. Life leads to libido and prosocial actions. Death is an excessive amount of libido, unregulated, which leads to aggression."

Things We WILL Get Right From Now On

  1. Article and excerpt titles go in quotation marks. Book titles in italics or underline.
  2. Get authors' names and spellings right. If you can't take enough care to do this, why should your reader think your ideas are even worth considering?
  3. COMMAS and PERIODS go INSIDE quotes if sentence or phrase ends there. Parenthetical references are a part of the sentence so if they are present, the period or comma goes after.
  4. A semicolon joins complete sentences. When proofreading, ask whether both sides could stand alone. If not, it's not a semicolon.
  5. We do references like this (Authorlastname YYYY, #). No period before year. No "Pp." or "p." in front of page number.
  6. Its and It's : Only include apostrophe if you are saying "it is." A simple way to avoid this problem: NEVER use contractions in formal writing. Cannot not can't; Do not not don't; is not not isn't; will not not won't, it is not it's.


  1. Use passages from the text, actual quotations. And, in general, follow a quotation with "…in other words…" and then EXPLICATE the passage.
  2. Never write a sentence or phrase that doesn't make sense or that you cannot read out loud and say "that sounds sensible."
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