Reread and note key concepts
Earlier in the module, you read the article, “As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind.”
You may want to reread it now using the skills of metacognitive reading, and talking to the text.
It will be helpful to take notes on key concepts and ideas generated by the reading (and if you want to try a more fornal notetakeing system, give the classic Cornell Notes (Links to an external site.) system a try!).
It may also help to list the groups that are involved in the institutions in this town (Hazleton), with a short note about each group, as well as the events that are described in the article, with a short note about each event.
I. Think and Write: Groups and Hazleton
Thinking about the ideas we read about types of groups, size of groups, structure of groups, and formal organizations, decide which one you would like to use to anaylyze the insutitons in Hazleton, or the events described in the article.
1. Choose one institution or event in Hazleton and write a few sentences about the groups involved in the event or institution by addressing issues related to one of the following:
Be sure to quote from both the article and your textbook (the links above) in your explanations.
Additionally, for some extra depth, you may want to listen to this short podcast.
I. Think and Write: Groups and Your Community
2. Next, choose an institution or event in your own community (this can be any of your communities, current or past) and briefly explain how all three group issues (types of groups, size and structure, and formal organizations) impact the dynamics of the one institution or event in your own community.
Organize your thoughts and writing from your answers to 1-2 above, and post them in this discussion. You will likely post 2-3 short paragraphs, although you are also welcome to experiment with posting your ideas in sketchnote form, in a mini-essay, or through weaving in and out (compare and contrast style) of your thoughts about group issues from the article and your thoughts about group issues from an institution or event in your own community. Wriitng from your positionality and making choices about how you will use language to best express yourself is always welcome!