Texts: Coates, Selection from “Between the World and Me,” Wesley Yang, â€œPaper Tigersâ€
Optional: Ma, “Necessary Edges: Arts, Empathy, and Educationâ€
In his essay â€œPaper Tigersâ€ Wesley Yang explores the question of identity and what the role is of education in determining oneâ€™s position in a dominant culture. He senses that in his classroom experience he has been taught to behave and think in a certain wayâ€”and while there may be success after graduation, there is still a failure in that experience to better help him to negotiate with the world at large. Taneshi Coates responds in a similar way when looking back on what he went through in the classroom. For both, race and class are factors that create parameters that in set up boundaries to a more fully realized identity. What is more troubling is how school helps to further the limitations of oneâ€™s place in society.
Please consider this question.
How might education restrict one from realizing the potential on an identity?
Keep this idea in mind. We think that an education can help one succeed in society. However, both Coates and Yang force us to reconsider this mindset. Therefore, you need to ask yourself these questions in the essay.
1. What is an education? Clearly something is lacking in the experiences that Coates and Yang describe. What factors can you isolate that complicate oneâ€™s conventional understanding of an education?
2. What connections can you find in terms of race and class with Yang and Coates? Be specific. Yes, both are minoritiesâ€”but what exactly does minority status in a dominant white society do in terms of education? What sort of roles are both expected to play?
3. If you do choose to integrate Ma into this essay, ask yourself, â€œwhat necessary edges might there be in either text?â€ You can also consider what both Coates and Yang have been taught. Does the education of either actually demonstrate how the classroom can create a sense of empathy for those who are different?
ï¼ï¼ï¼Need 1 introduction! Intro. need to open with a general concept that relates the both authors, Need mention they names and article name,but not in the first sentence.And 3 body paragraphs.
ï¼ï¼ï¼topic sentence, then explain topic sentence (2 or 3 sentencesï¼‰ then state quote and analyze it. Give example from essay. explain Topic sentence, then state quote and explain it . give example for support then conclude , final concluding sentence relates to topic sentences.
ï¼ï¼ï¼3 body need two quote from different authors. Which is each body need two quote from different authors.
!!!Use sample sentences! No not write so hard!