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8 September: Nacirema & Quickwrite


I can continue to reflect on my current view of the world using excerpts from a short article and elaborate on my views in writing (RI 1 & 6 & W 5).

Entry Task:

Store all electronic devices and get settled in a seat. Discuss the following questions with a neighbor and be prepared to share:

  • Have you ever watched documentaries, read articles, or studied a culture that lives in a way that is drastically different from your own?

  • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a completely different culture than the one you are used to? If so, what cultures have you considered? If not, why would you want to remain part of your current culture?

What’s Going On:

Today we will focus on our next unit text: excerpts from an article from a 1950s anthropology magazine: “The Body Rituals of the Nacirema.” Follow along as we read through the text together by underlining details that are interesting, shocking, create questions for you, or any other reactions you have.

We will discuss the text together before you complete some final reflection questions. After our discussion, thoughtfully answer the final questions on today’s work and turn it into the front bin.

Exit Task:

We will end our day today by discussing the focus of our first unit and completing a quickwrite:

Before we branch out into world literature from other countries and cultures, we will explore American literature from minority groups to expand our understanding of what it means to be American. We will explore what we already know, what we believe, and how the experiences of others can expand our current world-view. Today’s quickwrite is focused on what you currently believe it means to be American. Complete this in Google Classroom.

Submit your work and clean up around you.


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