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Thesis Statement

The quilt panel’s embodiment of the Castro life during the 1980’s taught us about the value of place for marginal communities dealing with the HIV/ AIDS epidemic.


Uses phrases like “offers insight, embodies”

  • What is the panel (aids quilt general info)?  What is the Names Project(more about the HIV/AIDS)? What is the Castro? How is the Castro embodied in the quilt?
  • What role has the Castro played in the HIV/ AIDS epidemic? (EVIDENCE)
    • 1980’s?
    • Today?
  • What makes the Castro so controversial? (USE EVIDENCE)
  • What have other communities besides “The Castro” been created around HIV/ AIDS?
    • gay-friendly neighborhoods
  • Which marginal communities (LGBT)?
  • How are they dealing with?


Ryan White as about archive room


  • How does the writer introduce her argument? Asks the question and answer it
  • How long is her introduction? There is no introduction
  • Where does the author paraphrase?
    • Quote?
    • Why one and not the other?
  • What is the author’s thesis? At the end of the third paragraph, There’s not really a thesis, she puts all of the credible stuff in the beginning. Using evidence.



Passage insight

Below is one of my annotations for my panel.

Homeless gay and transgender youth of color in San Francisco:“No one likes street kids”—Even in the Castro

RECK, J. (2009). Homeless Gay and Transgender Youth of Color in San Francisco: “No One Likes Street Kids”—Even in the Castro. Journal Of LGBT Youth.

Jen Reck is the author of this article and has been a lecturer in the Departments of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. In this article she examines how family issues, poverty, and homophobia lead them to homelessness, thus making “gay-friendly” places meaningful to them. The purpose of this article is to see how participation in a friendly gay neighborhood contributes to the variability of gay youth. The intended audience for this article who be a researcher who wants to learn how different environments affects the behavior or attitude of a person. This information would be helpful to someone who is interested in learning about this stuff, or someone who simply wants to join one of these communities.

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This is useful to my connection to this artifact because it discusses how in different and better environments gay youth can really explore their identities. So in a different environment, they can really be themselves rather than hiding who they really are and that’s what the Castro was created for.

The speaker of this article would be the person in who conducted this study which is Jen Reck.

Final Analysis Example

Use the source don’t let the source speak for you.

HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Military

  • What does the intro do well? Tell you what to accept. Uses mode of communication to bring attention to that piece. Used pathos to connect the readers and in the second paragraph to back up what she was talking about. There’s a research question.
    • Set up a set by step, and make it constant.
    • SIDE NOTE: The Castro as a safe haven, a place where someone goes to be themselves.
  • Where could it be improved? Be constant with the first-person point of view, do it throughout the whole essay. Not easy to know where her evidence is coming from (name the source first)… I have learned in my research that…
  • What evidence does the author use? When? She is paraphrasing the sources that she was reading and putting it in an order.
  • What does it do for her ethos and argument? The research that she has accumulated connects to her work making it more believable.

(Hypo)Thesis Statement

The Castro was created in the late 1980’s, for the LGBT Community, specifically gay middle age men to help highlight the controversial role of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic.


  • The Castro connections to the quilt? (Introduction) How is The Castro embodied in my quilt panel?
  • What role has the Castro played in the HIV/AIDS epidemic?
    • 1980’s?
    • today?
  • What is the Castro?
  • What makes the Castro so controversial? (EVIDENCE)
  • What is the connection between the Castro and HIV/AIDS? (EVIDENCE)
  • What have other communities been created due to the suffering of HIV/ AIDS?
  • Out of the LGBT Community, Why gay middle age men?

Final Analysis

  • The analysis is not about the person, the larger issue embodied with the quilt.
  • What can we learn from my panel about the AIDS/ Hiv Epidemic?
  • Part of the Analysis Essay is apart of the PSD, offers an interpretation.
  • About the quilt: details/ your interpretation.
  • What can we learn about the complex social, scientific from the quilt panel?
  • Argument grounded in evidence from outside sources (integrate evidence into your argument).
  • Posters: summary no quotes.
  • Images, Videos (design and multimodialty).

Scholarly Source

Homeless gay and transgender youth of color in San Francisco:“No one likes street kids”—Even in the Castro

Trips to fantasy island: contexts of risky sex for San Francisco gay men

Transitioning through AIDS epidemics-gender and temporality

Pinto, C. S., Dos Santos Fernandes, C. E., Oliveira, R. d., Matos, V. d., & Motta de Castro, A. C. (2015). Transitioning through AIDS epidemics – gender and temporality. The Brazilian Journal Of Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication Of The Brazilian Society Of Infectious Diseases 

This source would be useful because it goes beyond just the United States and the evolution of it. The studies showed that the prevalence of AIDS was higher among men at the first 14 years of this epidemic. This is helpful to my research because the representative of my panel is of the male gender.

The above title is for my annotated bibliographies just to have a reference.

Research Question

Research Questions:

How are individuals who lived in the Eureka Valley, San Fransico (The Castro) embodied in the Aids Quilt?

What subculture is embodied in the AIDS quilt block you’ve chosen to document and research?

Individuals who lived in the Castro in the 1960’s.

What is the relationship between the subculture (individuals of the Castro)  embodied in the quilt and the HIV/ AIDS epidemic?

Individuals who lived in Castro during the 1960’s are embodied in the quilt because that’s the place where the first gay neighborhood was created in the United States.

NOTES: Narrow it down, more specific the easier it is to do research.


Secondary Reasearch

Evaluation NOT a Summary, Annotated Bib. on secondary sources.

Begin with a detailed research question.


  • What is the significance of carrots and rabbits in Jimmy’s panel?
    • What do rabbits and carrots symbolize (generally)? to whom
  • Stem from good questions
    • Articulate them
    • How might you reword that question? How does that change what you mean?
  • Seek data collected and processed (edited) by other people
    • Kids of secondary sources
      • scholarly books and journals
      • popular books, magazines, media
      • newspapers
        • Analyse an assessments, argument,
        • Evaluate the source: the ethos of the source (how credible the source is) affects your own ethos (credibility)

What makes a quality secondary source?

  • Peer-reviewed
  • offers credible evidence (& documents that evidence)
  • Logical and reasonable
  • considers the context
  • addresses multiple points of view
  • Acknowledge (implicitly or explicitly) bias.


  • What is the significance of carrots and rabbits to Jimmy Finely?
    • NAMES Project
    • Search keywords
      • Jimmy Finley
      • James Finley
      • Who is Boobi Cambell? (Panel)
      • Who is Carl Orme? (Panel)
      • Seek relationships (SCOPE)
        • LGBT Community
          • Gay Men in Seattle

Get more specific