Annotation of a Care Studies Text

In addition to generating discussion questions and helping leading discussion of their assigned Care Studies text, each group will be responsible for generating what I am calling an “annotation” of a different Care Studies text (which I will assign) than the one they previously were assigned. This written annotation will be due on Feb. 9 and will count for another 5% of your final grade. And as was the case with the discussion questions/ discussion-leading portion of the “Annotating Care Studies” assignment, this portion will also result in a group grade.

The written annotations will serve as “cheat sheets” of sorts on the texts we have read together and each should present the key information and insights from your group’s assigned text in an easily digestible format that highlights:

a) the reading’s key terms (and defines what those terms mean in this specific text)

b) key quotes and passages

c) the major insights/themes of the text

My hope is that all of the annotations together will comprise a resource that we can all then draw on throughout the rest of the semester thereby allowing us to make use of the critical insights, frameworks, and vocabularies of these thinkers who have pioneered the study of care without having to constantly re-read the entirety of their texts every time we think one might be relevant.


Each group should submit their annotation in a single word document emailed to the instructor by one group member (with the other group member’s cc’d) by the time of our class meeting on February 9. The names of all group members should appear at the top of the first page for identification purposes while the name of the document should contain the last name of the author whose text you have annotated.


Finally, in addition to the group-generated annotations, by the time of our class meeting on February 9 each of you must individually email me a word document (with your last name in the title) containing a 250-500 word reflection on your experience with both parts of the “Annotating Care Studies” assignment and the further engagement with these texts that it has engendered for you. This reflection will count towards your participation grade (on the basis of whether you complete it or not and whether it is written in a comprehensible manner) and is best understood as an opportunity for you to share with me your experiences both positive and negative with the assignment as well as reflect on your larger learning experience engaging with “care studies” in this first unit.


Group/Text Assignments for Written Annotation:

Abel: Carey, Annelise, Megan

Kittay:  Marissa, Deanna, Maria

Nodding: Ndidi, Emil, Hailey

West: Kaitlyn, Ryan, Mary

Hochschild: Misha, June

Reverby: TJ, Lauren, Julia

Bubeck: Safura, Kyle, Melody

Ruddick: Savannah, Casey, Micha

Tronto: Olivia, Sydney, Fiona