Nick Black I agree that immigrants not only came here the same way our ancestors did, but they also started their lives the same way by opening stores, restaurants, or working in small businesses. With the end of the cold war there was the creeping concern that without a focus for hatred and distrust, a sense of national identity would evaporate, that the left side of the hyphen--African-American, Mexican-American, Irish-American--would overwhelm the right. They will refer back to the text to see explicitly what it says and make inferences and try to figure out where the text leaves matters uncertain. She does not sugarcoat the problems that diversity may create, acknowledging that the U. Like many improbable ideas, when it actually works, it's a wonder. Yes there will be new things to come out of the immigrants. I thought your arguement was very strong and makes sense, even though I don't quite agree with it.
In the last sentence, she finally states what the other reason for America working is: two strains of behavior. Other countries with such divisions have in fact divided into new nations with new names, but not this one, impossibly interwoven even in its hostilities. Far from perfect, America has suffered from bigotry in many forms. A claim must be argumentative. The pride that we have for our nation, as citizens of the United States, strengthens in the face of tragedy and during times of war as we come together against a common enemy.
The author notes that although people tend to hate each other as groups, individuals who work together and speak with one another on a regular basis do not seem to have as much trouble getting along. The individuals who were lost during the September 11 tragedy are representative of not one race, religion, or sexual orientation, but of the unified spirit of diversity that comprises the United States of America, an idea that shouldn't have worked but does. Vocabulary - Practice 4 - A Quilt of a Country Vocabulary - Practice 5 - e What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish? I will list the example texts as chosen by the common core people and include similar texts that I use or that could be used in without the overseeing eye of federal regulators who think that someone in Vermont should choose what someone in Nevada teaches or vice-versa coming into my classroom and slapping me in chains. Children learn in social-studies class and in the news of the lynching of blacks, the denial of rights to women, the murders of gay men. Pirzada Came to Dine By Jhumpa Lahiri Activities When Mr.
Johnson Majority Opinion By William J. The fear of communism, for example, brought a strong sense of nationalism to America, but when Americans do not share a common enemy, they can tend to become more divisive. Blaeser Activities Practice Activities Background Knowledge American Flag Stands for Tolerance By Ronald J. Students will be required to identify evidence in the text to answer text-based questions which require deeper discussions and close reading. Assessment Assessment Strategies Lower-level students should stay in teacher-led groups throughout this lesson for better understanding of the article and questions. Lesson Summary 'A Quilt of a Country' is a commentary written by Anna Quindlen, which was written after the terror attacks on America that occurred on September 11, 2001. If we learned to accept people for just who they are we probably would not find them any different from us.
Vocabulary - Practice 2 - Macbeth Vocabulary - Practice 4 - Is Survival Selfish? Vocabulary - Practice 2 - A Quilt of a Country Vocabulary - Practice 3 - What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish? Write the question you were asked to answer. In essence, the author is stating that the degree of diversity that exists in the United States is much greater than any other country in the world. Practice Activities What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish? Hello A Quilt of a Country' is a commentary written by Pulitzer-prize winning author Anna Quindlen for Newsweek following the devastation of the September 11, 2001, attacks on America. This is true alot of immigrants still get here the same way it was done 100 years ago. She starts out by claiming that the reason America remains intact is a common enemy.
Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! Anna also divided her article into two separate sections, in which she focused on supporting one aspect of her claim in each. She argues that America has always been undermined by differences in race, and this new rise of pride has amounted to nothing. Johnson Majority Opinion Vocabulary - Practice 5 - Rituals of Memory By Kimberly M. When you make a claim, you are arguing for a certain interpretation or understanding of your subject. And there is a grudging fairness among the citizens of the United States that eventually leads most to admit that, no matter what the English-only advocates try to suggest, the new immigrants are not so different from our own parents or grandparents. Their kids are doing well in school.
People truly are such disparate things, as Anna Quindlen would agree, they range from black to white to boy and girl, and America is the one country that exemplifies that the most. They are not Italian or Jewish or Eastern European any more. A mongrel nation built of ever-changing disparate parts, it is held together by a notion, the notion that all men are created equal, though everyone knows that most men consider themselves better than someone. Historians today bemoan the ascendancy of a kind of prideful apartheid in America, saying that the clinging to ethnicity, in background and custom, has undermined the concept of unity. Quindlen uses a metaphor, or a literary comparison, of the U. Her support for her reason is a quote that the immigrants of a couple decades ago are just like the immigrants of today, who work hard and are subsequently making a living, which would allude to the idea that these personalities persist throughout all of America, regardless of time or space. When photographs of the faces of all those who died in the World Trade Center destruction are assembled in one place, it will be possible to trace in the skin color, the shape of the eyes and the noses, the texture of the hair, a map of the world.
Textbooks Blue or black pen only. I was the product of a mixed marriage, across barely bridgeable lines: an Italian girl, an Irish boy. I also liked how you mentioned the effect of school kid's on America maybe changed from what they see on the news. Analyze how does evidence support your answer? These pieces of evidence support her central thesis because they prove that the existence of an enemy makes us united, which would in turn make us work together and subsequently make America work better, which is her claim. Finally, in the very last sentences of the article, she draws a connection to the beginning of the article by reusing the phrases: mongrel nation, and improbable idea, and by mirroring the beginning and last statements of her article, she creates a lasting impact on the reader. Associated Standards and Objectives Content Standard s : 10 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. That's because it was built of bits and pieces that seem discordant, like the crazy quilts that have been one of its great folk-art forms, velvet and calico and checks and brocades.
Quindlen reminisces about America's past and how people often took pride in their ancestry which, more often than not, led to hatred, bigotry and violence. I think it is awful how people in the United States complain about immigrants. America is an improbable idea. Analysis: Metaphor How is America different from every other country in the world? One of the things that distinguishes America from other countries is the strong commitment of each group to uphold his or her culture of origin. The New York of my children is no more Balkanized, probably less so, than the Philadelphia of my father, in which Jewish boys would walk several blocks out of their way to avoid the Irish divide of Chester Avenue.
Faced with this diversity there is little point in trying to isolate anything remotely resembling a national character, but there are two strains of behavior that, however tenuously, abet the concept of unity. These are the representatives of a mongrel nation that somehow, at times like this, has one spirit. Many of the oft-told stories of the most pluralistic nation on earth are stories not of tolerance, but of bigotry. By Etgar Keret Activities What, of this Goldfish, Would You Wish? Use the graphic organizer to analyze and evaluate the development of Quindlen's claim and counterclaim. Although I understand Quindlen's position on America I believe her article to be pessimistic in nature. Vocabulary - Practice 5 - Once Upon a Time By Nadine Gordimer Activities Practice Activities Background Knowledge Guided Reading from Texas v.