Essay 3: English 1a spring 2015 Yolanda Santiago Venegas



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ESSAY 3: English 1A Spring 2015 Yolanda Santiago Venegas
Formatting and other requirements: four to five double-spaced pages in 12 point Times New Roman font with one inch margins all around. On the top right hand corner include your name, your ID number, the draft number and date. Also include page numbers in a footer on the bottom right hand corner of the document. Finally, your paper must be stapled. You must have a draft with 3-4 pages for each of the two workshops on 3/24 and 3/26—see syllabus. Also, when the final draft is due—see syllabus--you must have all drafts stapled together in reverse chronological order with the final draft on top. Late papers or papers without the drafts will not be accepted from here forward.
You have two options for your third essay; Option A in which you work with Rodriguez or Option B in which you make connections between Rodriguez and Anzaldúa
OPTION A: Ways of Reading, Ways of Speaking, Ways of Caring
What I am about to say to you has taken me more than twenty years to admit: A primary reason for my success in the classroom was that I couldn’t forget that schooling was changing me and separating me from the life I enjoyed before becoming a studentRichard Rodriguez, “The Achievement of Desire”
If because of my schooling, I had grown culturally separated from my parents, my education finally had given me ways of speaking and caring about that fact Richard Rodriguez, “The Achievement of Desire”
As you reread Rodriguez’s essay, what would you say are his “ways of speaking, and caring”? One way to think about this question is to trace how the lessons he learned about reading, education, language, family culture and class shifted as he moved from elementary school through college and graduate school to his career as a teacher and writer. What scholarly abilities did he learn that provided him with “ways of speaking and caring” valued in the academic community? When and how do you see him using them in his essay?
Write an essay in which you discuss how Rodriguez reads (reviews, summarizes, interprets) his family, his teachers, his schooling, himself, and his books. What differences can you say such reading makes to those ways of speaking and caring that you locate in the text?
OPTION B: Anzaldúa and Rodriguez: Making Connections

I will have my serpent’s tongue—my woman’s voice, my sexual voice, my poet’s voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence—Anzaldúa, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”


If because of my schooling, I had grown culturally separated from my parents, my education finally had given me ways of speaking and caring about that fact Richard Rodriguez, “The Achievement of Desire”

Gloria Anzaldúa writes, “So, if you want to really hurt me, talk badly about my language. Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identityI am my language.” Rodriguez, on the other hand, writes about how as a second-grader he would come home and correct the grammatical mistakes of his parents, “Proudly I announcedto my parent’s startled silencethat a teacher had said I was loosing all trace of a Spanish accent.” Write an essay in which you enact some inquiry into a specific question that you think is key for both Anzaldúa and Rodriguez.


You might begin with the question: what seems to be the central questions for each writer, and how do those central questions overlap? Once you have brainstormed a bit choose a question that is interesting to you. In your essay you will want to both argue for the importance of asking this question in the first place and discuss the ways that Anzaldúa and Rodriguez offer you answers or approaches to this central question or concern.
You should proofread your essay out loud by yourself and with a peer. As you proofread, revisit this prompt to make sure you are meeting the requirements of the essay assignment. You should, for example, ask yourself, have I performed the task this essay is asking me to perform?
Revision requirements: You are NOT required to meet with a writing tutor, although I highly suggest that you do. If you do see a tutor, be sure to print ask your tutor to sign your draft so that I know you worked with a tutor and have made this extra effort.

Give it your best shot and good luck!


Grading Criteria: Your essay will be graded using the scoring guide on our course website


Acknowledgements: Both options are original or adaptations from Ways of Reading


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