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Old 06-18-2009, 11:38 PM   #1
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One of my college classes im taking this semester is "Youth Gangs in America"

I have to write a 7 page paper on anything to do with gangs, anybody have any suggestions on a topic?
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lack of a father figure or a positive male role model greatly increases a youth to seek that influence from a gang.

protection.

an opportunity to make cash for poor kids who dont even know what an "allowance' is.

pop culture glamorizing and making gangs seem "cool".

you should be able to get 7 pages out of any of these, let alone condensing them all to 1 paper.

if that dont work, just rent "colors" and "boyz n da hood" and use 7 pages of bs summarizing them.
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if that dont work, just rent "colors" and "boyz n da hood" and use 7 pages of bs summarizing them.
lol, ive seen them both...thats the easy way out, i actually want to put an effort into it. i did think about the first suggestion because i grew up in a single parent home...thanks for the suggestions
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Don't write it on the one's who have fallen to the gangs, write it on the one's who haven't. Try and find a concurrent theme of why they didn't.

There are plenty of great examples of people who went beyond their socioeconomics, environments, and predispositions.
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Don't write it on the one's who have fallen to the gangs, write it on the one's who haven't. Try and find a concurrent theme of why they didn't.

There are plenty of great examples of people who went beyond their socioeconomics, environments, and predispositions.
i agree there are plenty of examples of that, myself being one.....growing up in a rough Pgh neighborhood, watching lots of friends choose the wrong direction, and then my decision to join the military. However, i think i need to focus on why they do join as opposed to why they dont.................wait a minute, that sounds like a pretty good topic right there
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wait a minute, that sounds like a pretty good topic right there
if that is the direction you are going in, you already have a pretty good outline.

1) guidance/some sort of family structure
2) protection
3) easy money
4) its the "cool" thing to do/peer pressure
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if that is the direction you are going in, you already have a pretty good outline.

1) guidance/some sort of family structure
2) protection
3) easy money
4) its the "cool" thing to do/peer pressure
5) ego fulfillment
6) poverty
7) educational deficiencies


i could probably get 15 pages out of this......i wonder if i could find opposing views on "why" kids turn to gangs....maybe look at it from a nature vs. nurture point of view.......time to do some research
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Your term paper is only 7 pages? Wow.

make sure to do your research. If you REALLY want to impress your professors, find the journal articles concerning your subject and look through them.

Journal articles are up to date, and scholarly, which means that you are writing a cutting edge paper, not a paper based on 30 year old information.

Then, check the bibliography of the article. That will give you a bunch of "foundational" research which is probabloy being responded to. Do that with 5 or 6 articles of differing viewpoints and make sure you look through the resources that are listed the most, especially by authors that are disagreeing.

if you write a paper using THOSE sources, and then can add something new to the discussion, it is a A paper.
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Your term paper is only 7 pages? Wow.

make sure to do your research. If you REALLY want to impress your professors, find the journal articles concerning your subject and look through them.

Journal articles are up to date, and scholarly, which means that you are writing a cutting edge paper, not a paper based on 30 year old information.

Then, check the bibliography of the article. That will give you a bunch of "foundational" research which is probabloy being responded to. Do that with 5 or 6 articles of differing viewpoints and make sure you look through the resources that are listed the most, especially by authors that are disagreeing.

if you write a paper using THOSE sources, and then can add something new to the discussion, it is a A paper.
thanks preacher, i appreciate the advice........yea, this ones only 7 pages, its kind of a fluff class...i just started school again and wanted to ease my way back into it....next semester will be much more difficult
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thanks preacher, i appreciate the advice........yea, this ones only 7 pages, its kind of a fluff class...i just started school again and wanted to ease my way back into it....next semester will be much more difficult
No prob. I am doing some more post-grad work

So I chuckle when I see papers that are to by 7 pages. But I also remember those days, back when I fretted over writing a five page paper.

Just remember, good sourcing and good arguing are ALWAYS the bedrock of papers.

Hope you do well on it. BTW, the professors just LOVE IT when you hand in the paper and the ink is still wet.
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