Hounding The Innocence Essay Topics

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1 “Hounding the Innocent”
Racial Profiling“Hounding the Innocent”Bob Herbert

2 This picture is obviously a joke … but is there any truth to its message?
Does racial profiling begin early? Could it become a self-fulfilling prophecy? Something to think about as we work through this unit.

3 Students will be able to…
StandardsObjectivesReading:1.0 Students apply their knowledge of word origins to determine the meaning of new words encountered in reading materials and use those words accurately.1.1 Trace the etymology of significant terms used in political science and history.1.2 Apply knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon roots and affixes to draw inferences concerning the meaning of scientific and mathematical terminology.1.3 Discern the meaning of analogies encountered, analyzing specific comparisons as well as relationships and inferences.2.1 Analyze both the features and the rhetorical devices of different types of public documents (e.g., policy statements, speeches, debates, platforms) and the way in which authors use those features and devices.2.2 Analyze the way in which clarity of meaning is affected by the patterns of organization, hierarchical structures, repetition of the main ideas, syntax, and word choice in the text.Writing:2.3 Write reflective compositions: a. Explore the significance of personal experiences, events, conditions, or concerns by using rhetorical strategies (e.g., narration, description, exposition, persuasion). b. Draw comparisons between specific incidents and broader themes that illustrate the writer's important beliefs or generalizations about life. c. Maintain a balance in describing individual incidents and relate those incidents to more general and abstract ideas.Students will be able to…describe key concepts in sensory termscompare key concepts to other known conceptsassociate key concepts with other experiencesanalyze how key concepts are made or createdapply key concepts to the world and societymake an argument for or against key conceptsdefine new key concepts with newly introduced key vocabulary.confirm or deny their predictionsidentify if they have been persuaded by the text and the reasons why or why not

4 Quickwrite (on a separate sheet of paper, to be turned in) For the next 5 minutes please respond to the following topic“Hounding the Innocent” by Bob Herbert tries to persuade its readers that law-enforcement agents should not take action on the basis of race alone. It uses a combination of logic and emotion to achieve its purpose. Have you ever been stopped by the police because of your appearance? If you have, what was your reaction? If you haven’t, what do you think your reaction would be? Why do you think you would react this way?

5 Surveying the Text (same paper as quickwrite)
Answer the following questions about the text. You will need the article.Who is the author of this essay?When and where was this essay published?What organizational signposts do you notice in this essay?What do you think each of these sections will talk about?

6 Making Predictions and Asking Questions (notes)
What do you think this essay is going to be about?What do you think is the purpose of this essay?Who do you think is the intended audience for this piece? What brings you to this conclusion?What do you think the writer wants the reader to do or believe

7 Predictions and Questions (cont.)
On the basis of the title and other features of the selection, what information or ideas might this essay present?Will the article be negative or positive in relation to the topic? How did you com to this conclusion?What argument about the topic might the article present? What makes you think so?Turn the title into a question(s) for you to answer after you have read the essay.

8 Introducing Key Concepts (notes)
Below are some important words from Herbert’s essay. Write down your thoughts on these terms.raceprejudiceethnicanti-Semitismdiscriminationpreconceived notionsprofilingstereotyping

9 Vocabulary building: Cubing (notes)
Describe it:What are its colors, shapes, sizes, smells, tastes, sounds…?Compare it:What is it similar to?Associate it:What does it make you think of?Analyze it:How is it made or created?Apply it:What can you do with it? How can it be used?Argue for it or against it?It is good/positive/important/etc. because…It is bad/negative/ detrimental/etc. because…Vocabulary building: Cubing (notes)Complete this activity for four of the key concept words:raceprejudiceethnicanti-Semitismdiscriminationpreconceived notionsprofilingstereotypingFill in all the “cubes” for each of the words you’ve chosen.

10 EXAMPLEDescribe it: ugly, dark and loathsome, smelly like a sewer, foul tasting, salty and thick and gooey, feels rough to the touch, with spiky points and thornsCompare it: Prejudice is like an illness. It starts out with a cough or a sneeze and escalates into a fever or disease when untreated. It spreads to others through words and violence and, like disease, can do serious damage to others.Associate it: I read one time about how they ransacked his store, wrote on his walls, and pushed him down on the ground. When asked what they wanted, they shrugged to say they wanted him gone- him and his kind. I remember thinking I was his kind too- would they come after me?Analyze it: made through time, usually handed down in families or communities, delivered with hateful words and ignorant eyesApply it: Used for relief of insecurity or ignorance, used for cruelty or punishment; often used for power.Argue for it or against it: I argue against prejudice, for what good does it do to foster hate and ignorance? How can it move society to good deeds and kindness when its very spiritThis is an example for prejudice.Since I have provided you with this example I DO NOT want you to chose prejudice and write the exact same answers. If you chose prejudice you MUST come up with your own, original, and unique answers.

11 Key Vocabulary (notes)
profiling (from the subtitle): making judgments about someone on the basis of appearanceabomination (paragraph 2): an object that is intensely dislikeddismantled (paragraph 5): taken apartperpetuated (paragraph 7): continuedunconscionable (paragraph 11): not reasonableTry to use two of these words to define two of the words from the Key Concepts.

12 First reading…As you read the essay, look closely for answers to the following questions:Introduction:In the introduction, how does Herbert establish the significance of racial profiling?The Faces of Ethnic Profiling:Why does the author tell the story about Sergeant Rossano Gerald and his son? How does it start to make the essay’s point?What is the main point of this section?Profiling Targets the Innocent:Why does the author give these facts about New York pedestrians?Profiling is Extensive:What are the consequences of racial profiling?

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The truth that lies behind fantasies

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton is a book that gave the word “love” many other meanings, such as impossible, meaningless and incomplete. There were many unbearable obstacles that Countess Ellen Olenska, one of the main characters, had to face because of love. She was treated badly by many people and always longed for love but never obtained it. With everyone cursing her, betraying her and hurting her, there was one person who was always there for her. Newland Archer wasn’t only sympathetic towards her; he also began to fall in love with her. The love she always wanted. He was the man who truly cared for her and always helped her make decisions. Out of all the selfish people in New York who…show more content…

It’s all stupid and narrow and unjust but one can’t make over society (p.99).” This shows how much he cares for her and her reputation in the society. He knows what people talk about her and does not want her reputation to go lower than it is. He sympathizes with her and makes her change her mind about getting a divorce. He goes on saying, “It’s my business, you know, to help you to see these things as the people who are fondest of you see them…if I didn’t show you honestly how they judge such questions, it wouldn’t be fair of me, would it? (p. 100).” He indirectly tells her that he does not want to be like other people who talk about her and think of her as a bad influence on their society. When he says “it’s my business…” he shows his concern for her and, in his own unique way, tells her that her problems are his. Newland Archer, without caring about the society, takes the lead and helps Ellen Olenska to see what is unclear to her eyes.

Secondly, Newland Archer was always there for Ellen when she needed someone the most and Ellen always told him her secrets. For example, when she got tired of being oppressed by the society, she went away to Skuytercliff without telling anyone. A day or two later, she sent a note to Newland Archer telling him where she was and also said that she wishes he was there with her and the van der Lyudens. As soon as he got the note, he left for Skuytercliff and was anxious to know why she left so suddenly. When she saw

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