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Unit 6 Discussion: How You See Me


Unit 6 Discussion: How You See Me

This unit focuses on communicating across cultures. For this discussion board:

· First, view the SoulPancake “How You See Me” short film series in the

Readings and Resources

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· Discuss the intersection of culture and interpersonal communication.  How does culture impact the way you communicate with individuals from diverse communities?

· What is the biggest contributing factor in your perception of cultural groups which are different from yours (family, upbringing, media)? 

· What steps can be taken to communicate more effectively and personally with these groups?

· Respond to at least two classmates’ posts.

Readings and Resources

Readings and Resources

eBook:

Wood, J.T. (2017).  Communication in our lives (8th ed.).  Stamford, CT: Cengage

· Chapter 7: Communication in Personal Relationships (pp. 132-145).

· Chapter 10: Communication and Culture (pp. 189-201).

Articles, Websites, and Videos:

As part of the “How You See Me” series, this short video features various individuals discussing how to practice understanding and communicate more effectively with diverse groups of people.  Here are the first two videos. The attached document contains links to all 10 videos in the series.  Your discussion question asks you to watch them all.

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COM107 SoulPancake How Do You See Me Series

 

COM107 SoulPancake How Do You See Me Series – Alternative Formats

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How to Practice Understanding | How You See Me

Duration: 4:58
User: SoulPancake – Added: 2/6/17

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Why Do Labels Matter? | How You See Me

Duration: 4:17
User: SoulPancake – Added: 2/13/17


Unit 6 DB: The symbols of your life


Unit 6 DB: The symbols of your life

Initial response: Henry and Walker provide stories that include symbols that are life-changing for the protagonist(s). In two or more well-developed paragraphs, answer the following prompts:

· Choose a symbol from either “The Gift of the Magi” or “Everyday Use” and discuss what significance this symbol had to you as the reader (an example of this would be the combs Jim gave to Della and a discussion about a precious gift that you received or gave).  Use text examples in this section.

· If someone were to write your life story, what symbol would be present and why?  How does this symbol represent you?   You can attach a picture of your symbol (an example of this might be a baby blanket from your childhood, or a baseball from your first game). 

Responses: In your responses, consider what are some of the other symbols your see within “The Gift of the Magi” and/or “Everyday Use.” Also, what are some important symbols that we see every day?

Remember to consider the following  

Discussion Board Rubric.

 

Discussion Board Rubric. – Alternative Formats

Readings and Resources
Readings and Resources

Topic One: Literature sources for this unit:

· O. Henry uses the symbolism of Christmas gifts to denote what the true meaning of love could be. A classic tale written in 1905, The “Gift of the Magi” is an excellent way to look at symbolism in a short story.

· Henry, O. (1905/2017). 

The gift of the magi

. American Literature. 

· Alice Walker, the famed writer of The Color Purple, shares how important and haunting a family heirloom can be. 

· Walker, A. (1973). 

Everyday use. 

Harper’s Magazine. 

Topic Two: Symbolism as a literary device:

Literary symbols enable the reader to delve deeper into the theme of a piece of literature.

· MasterClass.com discusses how to incorporate and recognize symbolism in literature. Take 5 minutes to read this interesting article and you will not look at symbols the same way. 

· Writing 101: 

What is symbolism? Symbolism definition and examples in literature. 

(2020, November 8). Masterclass.com

· When you are viewing a film, how do you recognize the symbolism that the screenwriter and director put there for your understanding?

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Symbolism in film

Duration: 5:27
User: Christ Constantine – Added: 5/10/10

Supplemental Resources: Graphic Fiction (not required reading, but fun!)

Graphic Fiction is a mesmerizing genre of literature that incorporates animation in both fiction and nonfiction venues. Often graphic novels are part of an anthology; many of these novels have become successful movies and television series. Graphic fiction is able to take the reader to a place that photos, film, and words cannot.

· Scholatic.com offers this teacher’s guide to the important critical reading, thematic, and word choice skills that can be learned from graphic fiction:

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A guide to using graphic novel with children and teens.

 (2015). Scholastic.com

· If you have never read/viewed graphic artistry, please take the time to look at the Graphic Fiction section of your literature book as well as the TED talk by Michael Chaney. 

Watch Video

TEDxDartmouth 2011- Michael Chaney: How to read a graphic novel – March 6, 2011

Duration: 17:24

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