They will read about how much Saya misses her mother and how difficult it is for them to communicate. Students can also see how Saya’s father persevered and did not give up on trying to get the story of Saya’s mother to the public through writing letters. Students can learn about the importance of speaking up and not staying silent, since Saya’s letter led to giving her mother’s case coverage and eventually having her mother released from the corrections facility. I do believe there are multiple things that students can learn by using this book, and that an activity on storytelling and writing letters can be used in a lesson plan with the
What Does It Mean To Be An American What does it mean to be an american? Isn’t that the question that every american citizen wonders at some point in their lives? It is a simple question that can be taken different ways and answered in many different forms. Some may answer as a personal opinion, others as a factual statement, I however agree with those who see it as an opinion. Every person in America is different in some way.
In the texts, "In Response to Executive Order 9066" by Dwight Okita and "Mericans" by Sandra Cisneros, a topic of American identity and perception of identity is shared. Both texts take a brief look at the lives, characteristics, and feelings of young girls living a bicultural life. In Cisnero's story, the girl seems caught between her two different cultures, and she struggles to connect with her Mexican heritage. In Okita's poem, the girl has a clear sense of her identity and place as an American. Culture is experienced and interpreted differently by each individual and each group of people.
In the title, “Being Brought” refers to Wheatley being taken against her will. She wrote this title to inform her audience on the background information, like where she was from and taken to, otherwise might not have been understood from the poem. She uses the passive voice to be different from what would be spoken normally in conversation. I think she tried to put a lot of thought into her poems to help the audience focus. 5.
The first strength I saw in Jacoby’s essay was her credibility. Credibility according to The Saint Martin’s Handbook, is “You can show that you have some personal experience with the subject” (Lunsford 166). The author sites her own experiences on the subject by providing the audience with her own personal story relating to the topic at hand. One example where the author does this is in the introduction of her essay she reiterates, “They were on their way to the bedroom when, having realized that she wanted only the man who wasn’t there, she changed her mind” (584). In this snippet it shows Jacoby’s using her own personal event to demonstrate knowledge about the topic, to show that she has first-hand experience with the relating material.
Thesis: Both authors in the essay “In Defense of Prejudice” and “Mommy What does ‘Nigger’ Mean?” address controversial topics in the world. While Rauch tackles the idea to protect minorities, Naylor discusses the power of language; however, they both hit on the different stereotypes presented to them throughout their own lives. By successfully using their own personal stories, both authors are able to justify their arguments and create credible personas for the audience.
The speaker is uneducated, so the writing in the first person is readable for beginners as well as educated adults. Walker addresses the audience specifically to to create deeper imagery, where the audience can add their own experiences to the story, such as “You’ve no doubt seen those TV shows” (46). The speaker directly addresses the audience, and so anyone reading the story, whether a minority, or the majority, will be connected to the story. Purpose: Walker describes the impact of oppression on the relationship between mother and daughter, and how the oppressed view themselves.
What does it mean to be an American? Does it simply mean that you were born in this country? Or does it mean that you share American cultural values? And are there really any universal American values? These are the types of questions that I have grappled with throughout my life as a "minority.
In a nation filled with so man diverse people how can you determine what makes an American truly American? In the writings "response to executive order 9066" by Dwight Okita and "Mericans" by Sandra Cisneros we get an inside look on the perspective from two different cultures and opinions from two different writers. However both stories contain the same purpose to show the defining characteristics among Americans although, they differ in a few ways. The views, cultural differences, and upbringings are all points in which have both similarities and differences. The views in both story have some similarities but also contain differences.
The speech addressed Baumfree’s views on women’s rights, specifically African American women. She used rhetorical devices such as pathos, ethos, logos, allusion to make her argument more impactful, and it worked. Interpreting this speech is a little different then interpreting a article or an educational essay. Many times I find myself automatically responding to the text with either negative or positive feelings without taking into consideration the rest of the essay. In this case I was forced to read the speech multiple times through in order to fully come to terms with it and identify my feelings in response to it.
Both Okita's and Cisneros's stories talk about the American identity and how it is much more complex than just your physical appearance or your family's heritage. Okita's poem talks about how she identifies much more with the American culture than her Japanese heritage, and it focuses on a conflict with an American girl that she has grown up with in school. Okita's classroom friend, Denise, becomes hostile and rude towards her after the passing of the executive order that targets Japanese American people. Okita writes her letter to clarify that she may be Japanese-American, but she is not the enemy and she is just like Denise. Cisneros's story focuses on how different she feels from her Mexican culture, comparing and contrasting her
Upon meeting me, not many people know that I am a first generation American. However, they are usually interested in the orgin of my last name. I am in fact Ukranian. Both my parents and my older sister were born in Ukraine. They immigrated to America in 1992 because of religious persecution that they were facing.
What does it mean to be an American today? Being an American isn’t hard,but sometimes people just like to not follow things. First thing is being to say The Pledge of Allegiance in school than sitting down on your lazy butt. Second thing is being yourself. Three thing is if you are at a game standing up and put your hand on our heart for The Star Stander Bender .
My mom told me that I needed to start preparing my luggage. I was very confused, so I ask my mom, “get ready for what?” My mom replied, “ prepare to come to America!” I was very excited, because I have never learned or experienced of what it would be like to live in a totally different country. Full of mind was thought about how the United States will look like; what is their living environment; how do education works in school.