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Key Points 3

For the complete directions, return to Key Points 1 from module one.  This is the same assignment.

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  1. Write a story for bulimia nervosa.
  2. Write a story for Elkind’s adolescent egocentrism.  Elkind describes two kinds of egocentrism.  You may use either in your story but you have to clearly state which you are using.
  3. Write a story for the social clock.

To get you started, I’ve written stories for each.  

Definition. Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder consisting of eating large amounts of calories and then purging them by vomiting, taking laxatives, or both so as to not gain weight. Sometimes instead of purging, the person fasts to purge the calories.

Example.  The key point is bulimia nervosa.   Sarah, who is 18,  locked herself in her room with a gallon of chocolate ice cream.  She sat on her bed and ate the whole gallon.  Soon after she finishes the ice cream, she goes to the bathroom, hangs her head over the toilet and vomits so she doesn’t gain weight. This is not an uncommon behavior for her.   When she first started binge eating, she had to put her fingers down her throat to induce vomiting.  But she has done it so many times that she can just think about it and she’ll purge all that she ate.  She has not told anyone what she does and as far as she knows, no one is aware of what she is doing.  Recently, she searched for bulimia on the internet and read about the side effects. This scared her and she is now thinking about telling her mother and asking for help. This is a story about bulimia nervosa because Sarah binge eats and then purges through vomiting to prevent weight gain..

Definition. There are two kinds of adolescent egocentrism – imaginary audience when adolescents are concerned that everyone is staring at some self-perceived flaw and that they are being judged for it; and personal fable – when adolescents believe they are unique and invincible. You have to choose one of the two for your story.

Example. The key point is adolescent egocentrism and I chose personal fable.  Seventeen year old Jamal is driving on the freeway faster than the posted speed limit.  He is passing cars regularly.  In a few miles, traffic slows down and the passing lane is not open for him to pass.  However, he’s determined to pass the slow traffic. He begins passing on the shoulder while still speeding until he is around the slow drivers.  He doesn’t think twice about the potential danger in his behavior because he believes he is an excellent driver.  He’s so good that he can control his car in these circumstances.  Passing gives him a rush and he doesn’t think anything bad like an accident will ever happen to him.  Things like that only happen to other drivers..   This is a story about Elkind’s personal fable because Jamal believes he can drive recklessly and nothing bad will happen to him.

Definition.  The social clock consists of a set of cultural norms that tell us when we are supposed to pass major milestones in our life. If we are in line with the social clock, we are said to be on-time.  If not, we are said to be off-time.

Example.  The key point is social clock and I chose off-time.  Thirty-four year old Albert is currently working part time at a fast food restaurant. Since graduating from high school, he has never had a full-time job.  For the first few years, he was living with his parents.  When he moved out, he starting staying with friends and sleeping on their couch.  When he outstays his welcome at one friend’s house, he moves on to another.  He is not looking for a full time job and is happy with his life.  He is not married and has no intention of getting married in the near future and maybe never. This is a story about Albert being off-time on the social clock because because in our culture most people his age have a full time job, are living on their own and most are married. 

Checklist for writing stories.  Use this to make sure you have included all the required content.

  1. Looked up the key point in the text.
  2. Wrote down the definition to make sure your story covers all the points in it.
    1. This is so you know what you need to include in your story. Do not include the definition in your post.
  3. Started my story with a statement of the key point and did not include the definition.
  4. Composed a story about people that includes all the parts of the definition from the text.
    1. My story has not been used in any of the class materials. It’s the topic that counts.  For example, if the text uses an example of school for a key point, you can’t talk about school again even if you change the story to a different kind of school.
    2. I included a reference if I paraphrased my story from another source.
    3. I included only one story for each point.
  5. I Included the age of the person and it matches the age in the chapter where I found the key point.
  6. Ended the story with a sentence saying how my story connects to the key point.
  7. Checked 1-6 for each key point.



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