Kinesiology HomeworkOctober 31, 2020
M6A1: Continuum of Deviant Social Structures.October 31, 2020
- Ramsey, David. “I will Forever Remain Faithful.” Oxford American: A Magazine of the South. Issue 62, Fall 2008. 19 Mar. 2004.Web. 8 Jan. 2016. Click the link to read the following article at the magazine’s site. Summarize it in about 8 sentences, then answer the prompt questions. (Note: this article is divided into numbered sections, some with lines from Lil Wayne’s lyrics.) MAGAZINE ARTICLE
http://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/171-i-will-forever-remain-faithfulRamsey makes several cultural references and uses sophisticated vocabulary throughout this reading; look up any terms that are unfamiliar to you.
- Reading Responses must be 600 words
- The first paragraph must summarize the reading in about 8 sentences
- Answer the prompt questions in paragraph form and bring up your own points; you must address the prompts
- 1. A social studies and writing teacher, David Ramsey uses an unusual format to write about teaching in New Orleans soon after Hurricane Katrina (which happened late August 2005). Discuss this numbered format and the use of headings.2. Just when the reader thinks this piece is going to be all about Lil Wayne, the author shifts. Was this jolting? What do you think Ramsey really thinks of the artist (judging by his description)?3. “He wrote nothing down (he was simply too stoned, he explained), rapping off the top of his head…the results were sometimes tremendous and sometimes awkward, but that was half the fun. His oeuvre ended up being a sort of unedited reality show of his wily subconscious.” Should kids be listening to this artist? Should their teacher be joining in with them? Why or why not?4. In section 5, Ramsey describes a boy with a colostomy bag who was shot three times. The author juxtaposes the boy’s bravado (“I ain’t scared, you heard me?”) with the fact that he still points to and laughs at Spongebob. Why?5. What point is the author trying to make in section 7 when he describes his students talking about the Jena 6 (look it up!), police brutality, and AIDS in Africa?6. “The other day, I saw Cornel West on television say that Lil Wayne’s physical body bears witness to tragedy. I don’t even know what that means, but I do think that Wayne’s artistic persona is a testament to damage.” What do you think West and Ramsey mean by these comments on physical body > tragedy and artistic persona > damage?7. Discuss your take on some of the sections discussing the kids and their reactions to Lil Wayne’s lyrics, such as “You hear that? Cleaner than a virgin in detergent. Think on that.” Deep? Meaningful? Ridiculous? Sad?8. Note the repeated use of the phrase “This is New Orleans!” How much does the city of New Orleans come into play in this piece? What about the state of the school districts in poorer areas of the city? Or Hurricane Katrina?9. In section 21, the rapper is quoted on why he does not dedicate an entire track to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. What do you think of his response?10. “The world needs to be told, and reminded, of what happened here, But New Orleans is bigger and more spirited than the storm. So its favorite son can be forgiven for refusing to let it define him.” At the end of the reading, what do you think is the main point that David Ramsey wants to make? Is it really about Lil Wayne?
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