What does it mean to be an immigrant in America?
After exploring various texts throughout the first quarter, you displayed your collective knowledge in a Socratic Circle to discuss our essential question above. Although any text read this quarter was viable, everyone should have four specific texts analyzed prior to the discussion:
“Blaxicans” by Richard Rodriguez (essay)
“Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan (essay)
HMHFYI.com article (from “A New Birth of Freedom” section)
one article from a credible source (your choosing)
Note- You could have incorporated our other relevant texts (“Immigrant in Our Own Land” – Baca (poem) or “Song of Myself”- Whitman (poem))
Reminder: You should have…
a bulleted list of the major points from all the texts of your group members
a stance on the essential question that you can explain in one concise sentence
created five (5) questions to utilize during the scholarly discussion
Notes from Socratic Circle on Immigration in America
Find notes from our class discussions below.
Over the first quarter, we have discussed the immigrant experience. Based on both the texts we have examined and our Socratic Circle discussion, what does it mean to be an immigrant in America? In three argumentative paragraphs, fully address your stance on the immigrant experience incorporating at least four correctly cited pieces of textual evidence. You must address a minimum of two (2) counterarguments presented during the discussion.
On October 14th, 1977, Anita Bryant, an anti-gay activist/singer, was famously hit in the face with a pie on camera by a gay-rights activist. In honor of this day, come to Ms. Ellis’ Room (T81) and get a slice of pie! First come first served!
If you want to watch the video yourself, click here!
You can read more about the incident, and other’s comments on the incident here.
Directions: (to be completed in your class journal)
Write about a foreign place that reminds you of some aspect of home. Or introduce some aspect of the traveler’s home world into this foreign world. (i.e.- Think about a very familiar smell, which takes you to the home of your neighbor across the street, except you’re sitting in a dusty spice merchant’s stall in Quito, Ecuador. Make the completely unfamiliar seem unfamiliar).
(Minor revisions to make assignment appropriate for a classroom setting. Brian Kiteley. The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. 223. Cincinnati, OH. 2005)
Date your journal entry.
Plan. Brainstorm your ideas before writing.
Come up with a creative title.
Specificity (use specific details to enhance your writing)
Vocabulary (utilize the words learned throughout high school career)
Writing Techniques (i.e., incorporate figurative language, sensory details, imagery, tone)
Length: at least three (3) paragraphs