During this course we had tons of peer response, which highly encouraged the exchange of ideas in a respectful and highly productive manner. Another of the many instances in which we while deciding on the grading rubric for our essays
While reading the piece by Mary Louise Pratt “The Arts of the Contact Zone,” I learned via assignments to not only passively read the text but to think about how it related to the course, Writing 122 Honors Research: Minority Rhetorics, which at the time I thought was to understand the deep belief structures of minorities and see how those beliefs were expressed in culture and language. read but to think of about the audience that Pratt was approaching, which turned out to be the Modern Language Association (MLA) conference held in New York in 1991.
While working on essay 1.0 and 2.0 I had to constantly work on my drafting process and deciphering what to use as support, since that was completely up to us. Our professor let us use any source we wanted. She would however, grade on quality of sources. Also, when learning about incorporating and generating efficient and appropriate methods of support support we were assigned to watch a you tube video “Introduction to Ethos, Pathos, Logos,” which went over the basics,
When learning how to cite not only did we have a whole class period when discussing this but also two very helpful Portable Document Formats (PDFs) “How to incorporate sources,” and “Annoying Ways People Use Sources.”
When I started the course I partly understood how Black American rhetoric was used and could identify some of it, since the Black American community has similar experiences with oppression within contact zones in the United States like with folks of the group I identify with, Latinos/Chicano. However, Latinos/Chicanos have many people to refer to that have lived in a culture in which they were the majority and inform this minority of the ways in which by participating with the system symmetrically encourages their own oppression. In this way, before this class I did not understand how Black American folks were so much more assimilated than my culture. Yet now I now understand how many folks would have a much greater assimilation growing up in the States and always been bombarded by the dominant culture.
I also learned about the inspiration that comes with the use of melancholic language, since Black American people did not really see hope for their community during the 19th century. This is due to the fact that language is more than vocabulary. Language, like culture, holidays and arts are expressions of the deep belief systems within cultures. For example, the Mestizo Mexican, Mestizo being folks of mixed race, especially the offspring of a Spaniard and an American Indian, see beauty in death, because of the Native American view on death. Unlike, the common European view, Native Americans saw death as an imminent part of life, thereby was more accepting.