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Formal Writing Assignment #1 – Communities, Identities, and Me
Over the last few weeks we have spent a lot of time working with texts from various scholars whose works reflect on communities and identities. Each of these writers reflect on their personal journeys as they engage with differing communities, entering what Mary Louise Pratt refers to as “contact zones.” We have also spent a lot of time examining the ways that each of these writers intentionally crafts their discussion in ways that further support the meaning making of their overall message to show the reader (not simply tell) the community(ies) they engage with, their experiences within them, and how these experiences shapes their identity.
In this writing assignment, you will be asked to reflect on your journey as you ventured out of one environment and became part of a new and different community. Your audience is someone (or multiple someones) who is not familiar with your experiences (and may have preconceived notions about this community). The overall purpose to describe the communities and to highlight how this changed has shaped the way you see yourself – your identity. Your discussion should be more than a list of terminology, ideas, and behaviors. Certainly, this will be part of your discussion, but you should also show the reader how you engaged with this new group of people.
Additionally, your paper should demonstrate the ways that two of the texts in this unit inform/influence your thinking about these issues.
1000 – 1250 words. This draft should also reflect substantive revisions (more than changing a word or two and editing for grammar/spelling). Submit an electronic copy to Bb. You will need to submit 1 copy of your final draft, both well-marked copies of the first and second drafts (you should have 2 for each), and a copy of your Reflection from the second draft in a folder. The folder should have either pockets or brads to secure your work.