The poems and stories we have discussed so far provide illustrations of attitudes towards race, class, and culture.

Topic

The poems and stories we have discussed so far provide illustrations of attitudes towards race, class, and culture.

Write a complete, unified, coherent, and organized multi-paragraph essay on one of the topics below.

Discuss how your ethnic or cultural background has shaped your personal identity.

Discuss insights about other races, classes, or cultures gained from the readings in this part of the course.

Your essay may show an awareness of what other writers have to say on the topic of race, class, and culture, but you will not be quoting another writer directly in this essay.

Purpose and audience

Your purpose is to show how your personal experience and/or readings about race, class, and culture have helped to inform your own ideas on this topic. Because you are writing about yourself, you are free to use “I,” “me,” “my,” etc., but don’t get used to it—this is the last time all course it will be acceptable to make personal statements like that.

Your audience is someone who has read the poems and stories covered in class. Your reader may or may not come from the same race, class, or culture as yours. However, your reader is concerned about living in a multi-racial, multi-class, and multi-cultural world where different types of people must learn to accept each other. It is important that you use appropriate and respectful language.

Special expectations for this assignmentPut into practice what you’ve learned from the course materials about formulating an effective thesis statement and organizing an essay. Make sure your thesis statement is specific, manageable, and arguable. Structure your essay logically, with an introduction that clearly states the thesis and sets up the rest of the essay and a conclusion that provides a sense of closure without merely repeating what has already been said.