Exercise 1.2

Objective: to better understand “The Question of Cultural Identity” by identifying key terms, topic sentences and main ideas in sections of the essay.
Estimated time: 1.5 – 2 hours
Due by 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 5
Part 1—Reading: Carefully read Sections 1.2 through 3.2 in “The Question of Cultural Identity.” In your class journal (hardcopy or online), take note of no more than four key terms you encounter in each section. Research and write down their definitions. Also try to write down ideas and questions that you have in response to specific parts of this section. Bring your annotated copy of this essay and your list of key terms to class on Wednesday, September 5.
Note: I’m going to make a new page of key terms from your lists, including terms you brought to class on 8/29. This page will serve not only as a reference, but also as a resource of terms for you to use in your first essay.
Part 2—Writing: In your own hard (or electronic) copy of “The Question of Cultural Identity,” underline the topic sentence of each paragraph in each section. In each section, select the topic sentence that you think expresses the main point. Write out each topic sentence and then explain what each means in your own words. Try to be as specific as possible. Post your response below as a COMMENT to this post.
A FEW NOTES:
– I posted a handout from our 8/29 class discussion on close reading/annotation.
Conference Hour Groups have been posted.
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Exercise 1.1

Objective: to better understand “The Question of Cultural Identity” by identifying the main idea in Sections 1 and 1.1 of the essay.
Estimated time: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Due by 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 29th
Part 1—Reading: Carefully read the essay Introduction and Section 1.1 “Three concepts of identity” in “The Question of Cultural Identity.” In your class journal (hardcopy or online), take note of no more than eight difficult but important words you encounter. “Important words” are words that might be often repeated or are located in places where it seems Hall is explaining his main idea. Research and write down their definitions. Also try to write down ideas and questions that you have in response to specific parts of this section. Bring your annotated copy of the essay to class on Wednesday, August 29.
Part 2—Writing: Find one (1) sentence that you think expresses the main point of the essay section. Write it out and then explain what it means in your own words. Try to be as specific as possible. Post your sentence and explanation below as a COMMENT to this post.
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