Objective: to better understand “The Question of Cultural Identity” by identifying main ideas, connections, and rhetorical patterns in Sections 2 through 4 of the essay.
Estimated time: 1.5 – 2 hours
Due by 9:00 a.m. Monday, February 3rd
Note: As we discussed in class, I am aware that Hall’s text is dense and may seem difficult to you. However, as you will learn over the next few weeks, writing about a difficult text is the most effective way to understand it. Remember that our purpose in reading is to respond to the ideas it explores, not necessarily to understand every minute detail. Once you have completed the reading the text, it will make more sense to you—I promise. Just keep reading.
Part 1—Reading and Annotation
- Re-read the Reading (and Writing) for Conversation writing guide in your course pack.
- Carefully read the Identifying Intellectual or Interpretive Problems writing guide in your course pack.
- Using strategies for close, critical reading that we discussed in class Wednesday, carefully read and annotate Sections 2 through 4 in “The Question of Cultural Identity.” Write down ideas and questions that you have in response to specific parts of these sections. Make note of any connections you notice between the sections.
Using the connections you noted when you were reading Sections 2 through 4, how does Hall develop the concepts of the three identity subjects explored in Section 1? What elements of the rhetorical situation of the text can you identify? How do those function to help Hall develop his analysis? Be as specific as possible and include page numbers. Post your response below as a COMMENT to this post.
Part 3—Journal 1.2
Reflect on how reading for conversation differs from reading solely for content and memorization. How did that change your reading practices as you read these two sections?
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