Spring 2013 / Kleinbart
WRT 205: Conversations on Race / Unit 1
This document is essential to your participation in Writing 205, so please keep it on hand at all times. The readings listed beneath each calendar date are the readings due for that class session. Please make sure to bring the appropriate texts with you to class in order to allow you to review the readings and analyze them in greater depth. Any written homework assignments will appear on the course calendar between classes
Introductions / Syllabus / Analysis
Pat Parker, “For the White Person Who Wants to Know How to Be My Friend”
Homework: Pick up the course reader for this class at the Copy Center in Marshall Square Mall (required), and purchase text books at the bookstore in Schine (DK Handbook and Rewriting: see syllabus). Please make sure you have a dedicated notebook for this course. Re-read syllabus and jot down any questions you have about this course. Do course readings for Thursday’s class.
Race: Entering the Conversation / Questioning
DK Handbook, pp. 82-83: What is Analysis?
Matthew Bowker, “Teaching Students to Ask Questions…” (reader) Beverly Tatum, “Breaking the Silence” (reader)
Nathanial Smith, “Reconstructing Race” (reader)
Things People Say / Race and Ethnicity as “Doings” Joseph Harris, Rewriting, Introduction, pp. 1-12
Hazel Rose Markus and Paula Moya, “Doing Race” (read 1-16 + 22-32) (reader)
***In Class: Clip from The Eye of the Storm: A Class Divided
Writing Assignment: After reading for Thursday, write an analytical reflection (1-2 pp.) on a key passage in the readings that has challenged your thinking, either emotionally or intellectually. You may draw on any of the readings we’ve done so far. Provide a little bit of context to lead gracefully into the key passage, then quote the specific language that you find challenging, and analyze/discuss the passage. Explore the ethical...
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