The following are materials to accompany Richard Rodriguez's essay "The Chinese in All of Us: A Mexican American Explores Multiculturalism." It is a great, short piece for a nonfiction unit asserts the importance of cultural identity and could be used as a pre-reading activity for Elie Wiesel's "Night" or other works that focus on a theme of identity. The first two pages are pre-reading worksheets that ask students to define unknown vocabulary words, identify key cultural allusions Rodriguez makes (e.g. Oprah Winfrey), and answer some broad questions about culture. Pages three, four, five, and six are a study guide that provides guiding questions for students to assess Rodriguez's use of anecdotes, allusions, assertions, character archetypes, conflicts, figurative language, irony, juxtaposition, logic, paradoxes, rhetoric, stereotypes/cliches, structure, subtext, symbolism, themes, thesis, and title. The seventh page is full of discussion questions on Rodriguez's thesis/main idea, supporting points, anecdotes, figurative language, and rhetorical devices.
A multiple choice quiz that can be used as a summative assessment that pairs well with this study guide, a formative assessment, is available as a separate purchase by clicking here