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writing help!

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Here are the resources from the UMN writing center I mentioned in class. I highly recommend looking at them as you are working through your term papers.




You should also look back at this post for help with citation formatting:

class project deadlines and notes

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OK y'all, here's a list of what I've got down for our class project. Please correct me if I got anything wrong, or add anything I missed!

11/19 BOOK: First review of book submissions (in theme groups)
OR VIDEO: Interview questions/script materials submitted and finalized

11/26 BOOK: Final submission and Layout Day
OR VIDEO: Material filmed, editing begins/gets planned in class

12/17 Book/movie release party, potluck

We will have a short check-in in class on 10/29.

Book chapters/theme groups (everyone needs to be in one of these by now):
-Something personal
-"This I Believe"
-advocacy (like for an organization)
-future of race in the US
-letters to someone 'different'
-on language

Some notes on how we'll grade...
Participation vs Product
-cons: need to know what everyone did specifically; grading personal contributions/material
-could do both
It's about the process
What is our measurable criteria? Pg count?
Hard to measure
Could be measured w/in group
Start with 100 pts and then lose them?
-not being in class on work days -
-not bringing material
-does the last day of class count?
-If you miss a work day, you lose 10 pts, if you don't contribute you lose 50 pts?
Let the team know if you can't make it? A make-up work day?

different perspectives on Columbus Day

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I found so much excellent stuff today for Columbus Day that it was hard to choose what to watch in class. Here are a few extra links for those who are interested:
The video included in this post is especially good.

Democracy Now's conversation with indigenous activists in Colorado.

Reconsider Columbus Day

citation help!

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Here are 2 websites I came across that offer a good quick reference to citing books and other materials for your class paper. Remember that we are looking for "in text" citations.


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welcome to our class blog. this is a place you can post videos, websites, observations, songs, and anything else that crosses your mind on the topic of race.most importantly, this is your easiest vehicle for steering the class toward things that interest you rather than what interests me.

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Michelle Alexander talk info

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Michelle Alexander, author of the New Jim Crow, will be in town on Thursday Sept 27. The event is at Hamline United Methodist Church at 7:30 pm. It's free but you need tickets (available starting today). More information see