Christine Plumeri, Instructor (A/H/P/S), presented an informal roundtable paper titled "Innovative Teaching Ideas: 'Tommy' the Rock Opera as a SOC 101 Learning Tool" at 99th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association held August 14-17, 2004 in San Francisco, CA.
This paper stems from a formal writing assignment that she requires of her Introduction to Sociology students in which they reflect upon Pete Townshend of The Who's (1969) story of a "deaf, dumb and blind" boy who experiences traumatic events and violence in his early childhood, yet becomes self-actualized later in his life. Students also select a song lyric or poem that they enjoy and must integrate sociological concepts, definitions and other course materials into their papers.
Plumeri continues to modify this assignment each semester and welcomes comments, suggestions, questions, etc. from the MCC community. She can be reached at the Damon City Campus Office #4215, by phone at 262-1768 and/or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.