“Beware of Signs”– Performance Poetry
Trying to replicate the speech of a con salesman, in this poem, Pietri presents how Latino people that are not fluent in English are at times fooled with rigged offers at department stores. Thinking they got a good deal, the clients end up with unpayable debts.
The Masses are Asses: Speed Dating Reading (1 minute per couple)
Themes to discuss in trios
.Stereotypes about poor people
.Speech, slang as a mask
.Reality check: Europe vs. the South Bronx/ to be or to pretend
.Proper English = Education/Civilization?
.Exploitation of workers/ Cheap Labor
.Deception of the self/ Losing grips with reality
.Crimes against women
.A theory of pretending/ a theory about theater
.Social interactions as performances
Response Paper: Definition of an academic genre
In a response paper, writers respond to one or more texts they have read. It requires students to understand each text individually. If you are responding to multiple texts, you must also discover how the texts relate to one another. If responding to just one text, you might need to situate it within the broader context of class discussions, readings, etc.
Response papers require you to synthesize the intellectual work of others—that is, bring it together into an integrated whole.
Questions to Ask:
Consider texts individually:
What is the main problem or issue that the author is addressing?
What is the author’s central claim, argument, or point?
Why are the problem(s) and the argument(s) exciting or essential?
Consider texts collectively:
How do they relate to one another? Do the authors agree? Disagree? Address different aspects of an issue? Formulate a problem in different ways?
Possible topics to discuss on Response Paper # 1 on The Masses Are Asses
.Stage Directions as reality checks
.The representation of rich people vs. poor people
.Division of class
.Commentary about crime
.Distortions of reality