Honors 11: Globalization Essay, etc.

Take a deep breath. Here goes. This is for Thursday/Friday.

We first went through the globalization calendar today. It is always subject to change, but take a look, and plan ahead.

I then distributed the globalization synthesis research essay assignment. We read through it and talked about it in depth. We will look at samples and continue the conversation next week. Looking at this paired down list of topics for the essay, pick one topic you would like to write your essay about, and do some research this weekend.

Find one source (scholarly article, TEDtalk, NY times Op-Doc, etc.) that will help act as a “flashpoint” or a lead-in into a larger conversation. Think of the Rana Plaza collapse as a sample flashpoint as it was a specific time, place, idea or event that got us thinking about its implications in one of the following related topics: global labor, third world labor exploitation, economic inequality, foreign labor markets, etc.

You will eventually locate other sources to put in conversation with your chosen source, and throughout the essay, as your claim evolves, you will act as the facilitator to identify and clarify the complicated relationships these sources have with one another when discussing the main issue and how it has been affected by globalization. You will work to synthesize the information in a claim-driven, 3-5 page research essay.

Here are a bunch of reference handouts to peruse when you start working on your essay:

1. Developing Critical Relationships with Sources 2. Evolving Thesis Help 3. Outlining Help (an outline is optional) 4. Research Guide (solid websites to look into) 5. Sample Essay Materials (sample outline, intro and body paragraph) 6. Sample Works Cited Page 7. MLA Format Information

Phew. There’s still a bit more…

Next, we talked a bit about the globalized concept of tourism and its connection to the global economy and the “Ugly American” that is created by this misunderstanding tourists have of a strange culture that ultimately prevents them from really knowing or getting to see the true place they came to see. We talked briefly about its connection to colonization/imperialism/corruption/etc, as we watched a Super Bowl ad about the Bahamas from 2013 with David Copperfield, prior to beginning to read a chapter from a 1988 part-autobiographical book titled A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid.  She has a complicated and long-standing relationship with both Antigua and America, so her perspective is interesting. There is a seemingly romanticized view of poverty that exists in these places and there is also an admiration and resentment that exists if that place has been colonized i.e. Antigua was colonized till 1981 by the British. There is also a stark contrast within the native population as the younger generation is more ignorant/devoted to the colonizer’s popular culture that has seeped into their own, and thus the image they have of themselves is fragmented. As you’re reading the chapter from A Small Place, consider how these two sources relate. How is one juxtaposed against the other? What aspects of the advertisement are reminiscent of aspects of the chapter? What voice does Kincaid give to the Antiguan people they we don’t see in the Bahamas advertisement (each are Caribbean island nations)? Annotate as needed.

FINALLY, I need you to read and annotate exhaustively Barber’s article (later turned into a book) “Jihad vs. McWorld” (located in this Tuesday’s previous post). Try to understand the argument he is creating and how he goes about outlining his points. Be ready to talk Monday.


About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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