SEO Scholars at Vassar

As high school students in the SEO Scholars Program spend a week at Vassar College intensely engaging the American civil rights movement, they post short critical reading and writing exercises to this site—it is a repository for their ideas, a chance for them to comment on each other’s work, and a way to share and continue that work with teachers and peers at home. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

3rd Writing Assignment

For your third writing assignment, continue to work on the comparisons and contrasts that you found in today's writing lab. Develop your observations into a full posting that includes any conclusions you come to after completing your diagram.

If you don't feel compelled by what you worked on in the lab today, here is another set of questions that gives possible new points of comparison:

What Jim Crow lessons does Essie Mae (Anne Moody) learn? Are the lessons different than those James learns in "The Sky is Gray" or the young Richard Wright learns in "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow"? Put another way, are the lessons different for girls?

If you'd like, you can use the same format as the handout in class today to explore this question or others. Afterwards, take what you have written in the middle column and see which of those conclusions can be the basis of your post--and include the quotes in your post as well, when you need to.

I want to add that I am reading all of your blog posts as soon as they come in, and the amount of serious thought and dedication you all are putting into this week's course materials is truly amazing me. Thank you so much for staying committed. See you tomorrow!


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