I was drawn to this article because it talks about the history of prom. Prom was originally supposed to be a party for students to promote social etiquette and manners in each graduating class. This article features specific examples and connections. I’m curious about how prom went from an event to promote manners to the wild night it has become. How did it get to where it is now? How has the behavior at prom changed? How did the tradition of school dances start? How has behavior at school dances changed over time? How does culture affect behavior at a dance?
https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/young-lives-big-night/?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article The most interesting elements in this article is the personal anecdote/experience that goes along with the story. The author is a photographer who spent years photographing proms around America and observing how the dress and behavior of prom goers reflected their cultural differences. She also includes some of the pictures in the second link. Because of this article, I am curious about how cultural differences reflect dances. How does a person’s culture affect their dance experience? What kind of impact does prom-or any school dance for that matter-affect one’s life?
What drew me to this article was the point it was making abput how prom was not so much a dance rather than a night that teens psychologically try to make “the best night ever” based on unrealistic expectations from the media. The author uses many elements in her writing: specific examples, comparisons and connections, and personal anecdote/experience. This wide variety of elements helps the author further establish and prove her point, all while being easy to follow. This article makes me wonder, have there been scientific studies done to prove the psychology behind prom? Does the importance/excitement of prom differ culturally? Does this psychology of having “the best night ever” start in middle school at those dances? Because of this article, I would like to continue to read about the psychology behind prom (or school dances in general) and learn more about that.
I like how this article starts out with a personal anecdote-like thing about middle school dances. The author continues with her list of “9 Times A Middle School Dance Scarred You For Life.” Each number is accompanied with a gif, and a little funny description of each. Based on this article, I might construct my paper in a list form. I could write about relatable things and memories from dances I’ve been to. I could also focus on the music and how big an impact it has.
This article, much like the previous ones, is another list. It lists 10 things that were awkward about middle school dances. It starts out with a little person anecdote about the author and her experience with middle school dances. It goes on to list 10 things the author picked that were the most awkward, cringe-worthy moments from middle school dances. Based on this article, I will consider whether or not I should write my topic as a list, and which part of the dance I should focus on. Should I focus on events before/after a dance? Should I focus on dress codes at dances? Should I focus on music at a dance?
What drew me to this article was the title “20 Things Every Girl Remembers From Middle School Dances,” and how easy the list was to read. The list was of 20 things that were universal struggles/memories from middle school dances. The most interesting element of this article was how it was in a list format, with the struggle/memory in bold, and then a little description or memory of that specific incident following it. It is easy to read, it included pictures and gifs, and it was not too long nor too short of a list to read. This article makes me wonder whether or not a list gets the point across better based off of the topic I am talking about.
Some songs I could use as my mentor text that I listened to at school dances: -”Yeah” by Usher -”Get Low” by Lil’ John -”Hey Ya” by Outkast -”Tipsy” by J-Kwon -”Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani -”Cha-Cha Slide” by DJ Casper Any of these songs I could use as my mentor text and really analyze the songs and how they played a part in the school dances I’ve been to.
What instantly drew me to this article, besides the interesting title (“Anatomy Of A Middle School Dance”), was how the article was written. It starts off as a narrative between a mother and her daughter, as she is being dropped off at a school dance. The article goes on to describe the narrator’s inner thoughts and feelings as she goes through the school dance. It is relatable because I remember having some of the same inner thoughts and feelings when it came to middle school dances. Based on this article, I might write a paper styled similar to this one. I could take personal experiences/memories and create an “anatomy of an Ascension school dance.”
What made me interested in this article was how absurd it is that schools make students sign contracts to abstain from “sexually explicit” dancing before attending a dance. This article then goes on to list the craziest dance trends among teens throughout history; from the Renaissance with the Volta, to the Jitterbug, even the Soulja Boy was deemed “inappropriate” by parents and teachers alike. This article uses specific examples of dance styles that caused a frenzy by parents. I like how this article is constructed; with a description of the dance, why it made parents so upset, and also including a video of the dance to give a visual, further proving their point. I might use this text to continue researching dance styles throughout history and possibly talk about how dancing at school dances has changed over time.
This article caught my attention as soon as I read the title: “Is social media killing the school dance? Schools cancel dances as teens opt out.” It is interesting to me how some schools have low attendances at school dances, especially considering how many people attend our dances. The article uses many person-on-the street quotes to get people’s personal opinions and feelings on the subject. Based on this article, I could write about how social media affects school dances; however, my school still has good attendance to our dances. This could be in part of how few dances we have throughout the school year, which I could also include.