Mixed Blood Stew Reader's Notes (or yet another chance to earn free cookies, lovingly wrapped, and mailed to your house.
OVERVIEW: The reading for today's class, Mixed Blood Stew, is a memoir--nonfiction, a true story--of the author's search to understand who she is as a mixed-race person in white-dominant culture. She explores her relationship with her mother as well as with her grandmother in various memories she has of each of them (as well as other relatives). The way these memories are codified in the essay are by considering archival material.
DETAILS: For this set of Reader's Notes, first, please try to identify what those archives are. I'm using that term broadly, so don't freak out if can't immediately see all of them. Don't worry if you aren't sure. Take a guess. And 2) try to tell me what the author wants us to understand about race--in her own life and in her mother's and the other family in her life. Try to connect what the author is trying to make you understand (the thesis) through the evidence she gives us (the archives).
Don't worry if you aren't at 250 words. If you are struggling to get to 250 words, there are a lot of ideas for how to get to that number (which is really not a lot) in the Reader's Notes, assignment page. But, no matter what, post what you come up with and we'll work together in class to get to the full 250 words.
REMEMBER: I can't help you get better at this if I don't see work to begin with.
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