Everyone entering a conversation about race comes to it from a different place. We all have our own racial autobiography, and we are all on our own journeys toward understanding race as a system in which we are a part and in which we play a part. This assignment asks students to look at aspects of systemic racism in terms of their own experience.
The packet has several components that can be used in conjunction with one another or separately. An essay introduction and prompt, ready to send to students, invites students who have read White Fragility to write about how systemic racism shows up in their lives. If your class is studying systemic racism but is not reading White Fragility, you can easily adjust the prompt to meet your needs.
Five annotated sample essays, written for this assignment, establish expectations for the paper. The essays and annotations help students see what separates specific claims from vague ones, and what separates well-developed paragraphs from thin or unfocused ones BEFORE they write, so that the teacher receives a better set of papers. With the annotated samples, you will be teaching writing, not just assigning it. You can also save time grading and making comments by simply saying, “See comments in Sample 5.”
Also included in this packet is a description of texts and videos (links provided) that pair well with White Fragility and inspire students to think more deeply about systemic racism.
This product includes:
1. Goals, Objectives, and Note to Teachers for Using the Annotated Essays
2. Writing Prompt Ready to Send to Students
3. Annotated Sample 1: Solid, Tightly-Focused, Nicely-Developed, Clear Essay
4. Annotated Sample 2: Solid, Tightly-Focused, Nicely-Developed, Clear Essay
5. Annotated Sample 3: Solid, Tightly-Focused, Nicely-Developed, Clear Essay
6. Annotated Sample 4: Adequate—A Good Draft with Work to Do
7. Annotated Sample 5: Mediocre Paper Lacking Sustained Focus and Clarity
8. Description of Companion Videos and Texts for Study with White Fragility