Student: Maria Barcinas

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Indigenous Issue Analysis Paper

This analytical paper will focus on your choice of a historical or contemporary issue that affects a particular Indigenous people of the United States, including those of Native America, Alaska, Hawaiʻi, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Belau and the Marshall Islands, or Indigenous peoples in general.

Your paper must be typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. Times Roman font, and 4-5 pages (5-6 pages for students in Honors A) with standard 1-inch margins. All versions of the papers must be complete (typed with an introduction, an arguable thesis, supporting paragraphs providing a thorough discussion of evidence/points, and a conclusion, and using either MLA or the Chicago Style Manual citation format).

A peer review session will be scheduled on 12/3 before the final paper due date on 12/5 to help you write the best paper possible. Also, a detailed assignment description and rubric will be handed out after the midterm in class, so you will know the scope of the assignment and the criteria on which your paper will be graded.

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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in American Studies, clip 15 of 15
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Barcenas, Maria ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: I really liked how for this class, our Writing Intensive, it wasn't one big paper, but a lot of writing throughout the course. It provided an opportunity to have more than one discussion and really go and look at so many different things instead of having one big assignment.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in American Studies, clip 14 of 15
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Barcenas, Maria ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: It was a good mix of opinions... There were some from Hawaiʻi, some from the Pacific, some from the U.S. [mainland].
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in American Studies, clip 13 of 15
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Barcenas, Maria ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: This was an assignment [where] we had to find a representation of indigenous people that framed [them] in a certain way, and then discuss how are they being framed, what's going on... To analyze and deconstruct, we could choose what we wanted to focus on. I just focused on the whole page and what it was advertising, the titles, descriptions... I enjoyed doing this assignment because you come across it so often, but a lot of times you don't have an opportunity to critique it and take it seriously. You just have to accept it and keep going, but this time we got to deconstruct it and see what is going on.
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    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Barcenas, Maria ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: The course really opens your eyes to so many different issues that native people are facing and fighting against. We can't be unaware any more. You're always going to see it now in a way where you have to decide whether you're going to address it.
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    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Barcenas, Maria ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: When I'm done with school, I definitely want to go home [to Guam]. I want to continue but I don't know where exactly... It was good to hear the opinions [of other students]. [It is a little intimidating] when you have to write and everyone can see what you are writing about. Everyone can see how your writing is so it forces you to try to get up in their level.