Module 2 Reflection Letter

As you come to the end of this module, take time to look back. This helps us figure out what we are learning. It’s a simple but often difficult challenge we often avoid.


Instructions

Write a letter addressed to me. Write as much as you need to. Keep in mind what I have said about paragraph unity and using examples to support your main points. (Show me what you have learned.)

Develop your letter answering the following questions in the most effective way you can. Remember that I am your audience.

  • What have you learned about yourself and the world around you as you have worked with the material in this module?
  • Point to one of the texts in the module that particularly engaged you. What did it help you see either in a brand new way or from a slightly different perspective?
  • Have you practiced the movement, breath, meditation, and writing practices as I set out for you in Module 2? If yes, what did you discover practicing? If you did not, what got in the way? What would you have liked to have learned from the experience if you had practiced? (Clearly these questions need multiple paragraphs.)
  • What do you think you are going to write about for your final semester essay?
  • What do you need from our time together to make this a satisfying writing experience?

Take time to revise and edit. Double space. Submit your work to your Google Classroom page as either a Google Doc, Word file, or PDF file. (Please don’t upload Pages files nor provide a link.)

Power Move: Share the letter with one of your classmates prior to turning it in.

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Readings/Writing (Module 2)

1 From An Orbit Around the Sun

  • “The Promise”
  • “He Follows”
  • “I Became a Construction Worker”

All three readings from our book are stories that relate to immigration. Each is written from a first person perspective that provides an intimate view of what it means to be an immigrant in the United States.

Write a half page response for each of the readings in your notebook.

2 The next text I want you to engage with is a documentary on gangs in El Salvador. The film provides a context for “The Promise” and “He Follows.” It also is an example of using the power of story to convey a complex message.

When you write about this text, explore what you felt as you watched, what you learned, and what questions you were left with.

3 The next text is a story from the radio show “Only a Game.” When I heard the story, lots of bells and whistles went off in my mind. I definitely thought about the power of movement and mental health. I also felt moved by the story of Sherman and Zeke and how co-regulation doesn’t just happen between humans and humans. Take listen.

Here’s the post with the story in text form. Notice how the audio file changes the experience of the words and notice how narrative is used to convey a powerful message.

Take time to respond in your notebook. Write about what comes to mind. Consider exploring the idea of co-regulation and companion animals. I know my pup, Ozzie is someone who has shaped my life in powerful ways.

4 The next film takes on a different theme. Some of you may have seen it already on Netflix.

Watch and take notes. You may not be able to see it all in one sitting. Take your time. Watch it with someone else so that you can have conversation.

Once again, write about what you sensed in your own body. What did you learn from the film? Is there a connection between the theme of mass incarceration in the United States and the story of immigration you read in the stories and watched in the Vice film? Aim for a half page or full page response.

5 The last text for this module comes from poet Audre Lorde. “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” is an essay that I find deeply moving and relevant to the work we are doing together.

What connections do you see between Lorde’s essay and any of the other readings? Explore without fear. In your response to this reading, write about your own experience with silence and what you are learning in terms of using your voice.