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Sean Tanner


English Lit 2

28 November 2017

Annotated Bibliography

Weir, Kirsten. “The Pain of Social Rejection.” American Psychological Association(2012). Web.

30 November 2017.

In this article, Weir explores the effects that rejection takes on the heart and how the

mind sees the pain that is caused. After reviewing different studies done by doctors and other

scientific professionals. Weir explains how rejection causes heartbreak which to the heart, is not

much different from a broken arm. The nerves triggered in the brain from rejection are similar to

those triggered during physical pain which means that certain treatments that work with pain

could be applied to heartbreaks. This fits in with my topic because it gives me the psychological

effect that being rejected has on a person. Knowing what rejection does to people will help in

finding a solution to exclusion.

Long, Kimberly. “4 Ways to Get Students Interested in Extracurricular Clubs.” Education Week

Teacher(2015). Web. 01 December 2017.


Long goes through different possible ways to get students involved in clubs outside of

school hours. She used her own observations as a junior high teacher and dealing with students
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on a day to day basis. In one of the ways Long explains that students are more likely to join clubs

that express pop cultural advertisement such as icons and memes. In another section she talks

about how traditions can make a club more memorable or stand out to students. I can use two

and possibly a third section out of this article. The fourth is completely off topic. They will help

me find ways to attract more students toward clubs.

Thompson, Carolyn. “American schools have stopped crowning valedictorians so that other

students don't feel pressured.” Business Insider(2017). Web. 01 December 2017

Thompson explores the topic of schools not crowding valedictorians quite as much as

previous years which has been spreading throughout schools across the United States. She uses

associations that are part of the education system and how they view the subject. The slow

decline of crowding around valedictorian and class ranking, based upon grade point average, is

accredited to the rejection feeling it causes other students and the unfair factor that makes one

student seem much less accomplished due to their ranking when someone who seems better off

may have a similar grade point average. The article gives a decent insight to how students who

aren’t recognized feel when someone who puts in similar effort does get recognized. I can use

this to possibly implement certain aspects of it into Poly High School and lower the feeling of


Ripley, Amanda. “The Case Against High-School Sports.” The Atlantic(2013). Web. 01

December 2017.

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In this article, Ripley argues the case about the spending of school funding. She used

interviews with school students both in and out of the United States. Ripley argues with a clear

motive against the use of the majority of school funding on sports when the other clubs and

academic achievers are lacking that funding. She agrees with the other countries’ use of school

funding, which may make it to where students have to improvise with sports, although, the

academic areas would flourish. To use this, I would need to implement it into extracurricular

activities and would have to find more creative ways to make those areas flourish without cutting

spending for the sports at Poly.

TER Staff. “Support + High School Students = Success.” The Educator's Room(2012). Web. 01

December 2017.

The TER staff looks into how parents can influence their students’ success and

participation in school. The staff mainly works with teachers who experience the issues students

have regularly and have the experience to be considered experts on the topic of teaching. They

believe that parents can influence their children’s success by doing the following five actions:

keeping open communication with their child, advocating for them, working with the child’s

teacher(s), getting their child involved in activities, and providing enrichment opportunities. I

can use this as possible inspiration for a letter to parents so they can be informed on how they

can help their students. Many parents believe that letting their child figure everything out alone

will help them prepare for the adult world, but it could possibly be the opposite that would help.