Personal Reflections

Activity 3: Written Assignment—Personal Reflections Context We can observe the marginalization of people who are considered “other” in society. We may have personal experience of marginalization as well. The areas of personal identity such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation may be contexts for personal or group marginalization. Description Think about your own social identity. Consider each group with whom you consider yourself affiliated. Some of the possible identities may include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religious affiliation, ability, profession, country of origin, first language, family status (marital status and/or ability to marry partner, children/no child and/or ability to have children), or other groups not listed. Once you create your “social identity list,” consider the following questions: What do I do on a day-to-day basis that might contribute to inequality? What have I learned about how to perceive or how to relate to members of my own group or other groups, and what is the source of that learning? What do I know about how to relate to and interpret the behavior of others who occupy social locations (e.g., class, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religion) that are similar to, as well as different from, my own? What have I learned about how to interpret the behavior of people whose race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, or religion is different from my own? What if I add class and gender/sex to the equation? What do I know about my conscious intentions when I interact with a person who is African American, Latino/Latina, Native American, Asian American, biracial or multiracial, or European American; refugees and other immigrants; people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or intersex; and people with disabilities? Why do the consequences or outcomes of my actions not fit with or match my good intentions? Delivery Consider the above questions and write a three–page personal reflection on the topic of marginalization. Post your refection to the Assignments/Dropbox as instructed by your facilitator. Grading Criteria Week 5 Written Assignment Rubric Personal Reflections Points 10 Consistently does all or almost all of the following: • Identifies one’s social location • Clearly defines the ties between social marginalization and particular social locations, including ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class • Provides specific contemporary and/or personal examples • Offers critical insight into the phenomenon of “other-ing” • Explains how the dynamics of social privilege and marginalization institutionalize inequality • Offers a well-organized, clear thesis and supporting argument with very few grammatical and mechanical errors 8-9 Consistently does almost all of the following: • Identifies one’s social location • Defines the ties between social marginalization and particular social locations, including ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class • Offers some insight into the phenomenon of “other-ing” • Suggests how the dynamics of social privilege and marginalization institutionalize inequality • Offers a well-organized, clear thesis and supporting argument with few grammatical and mechanical errors 5-7 Does most or many of the following: • Identifies one’s social location, but fails to provide the ties between location and marginalization • Names the phenomenon of “other-ing” but fails to provide critical insight • Offers general descriptions of social privilege and marginalization without explaining how the dynamics work in social settings • Provides a coherent thesis, but does not offer supporting argument • Does not offer a paper that demonstrates grammatical and mechanical fluency 3-4 Does most or many of the following: • Names one’s social location • Offers little or no insight into the ties between social location and privilege or marginalization • Fails to discuss the phenomenon of “other-ing” • Organizational, grammatical, and mechanical errors get in the way of making a clear argument 0-2 Does most or many of the following: • Provides little or no critical insight into marginalization • Fails to develop a coherent thesis in this assignment • Offers no historical or contemporary examples of social marginalization • Organizational, grammatical, and mechanical errors prevent the reader from understanding the student’s argument

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