After discussing stories and scholarship on a common theme, students analyze one of the stories by applying scholarly concepts and definitions. While stories may be unique to each person, the scholarship on an issue can help writers analyze individual experience systematically. The process of analysis gives writers an opportunity to practice the skills of summary, synthesis, citation, and argument—all highly prized in academic and professional work. The analysis of stories in this unit prepares students to write their own story and to increase their level of self-awareness about their own thinking processes and the way they make meaning out of life’s events.
What does it means to be “articulate”? Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents.