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  • 1. Activity 1.16 What is a stereotype? A stereotype is generally based on assumptions about a group of people based on race, gender, location, behavior, or physical traits. For example, many jokes and movies focus on the stereotype of the “dumb blonde” or the clueless “nerd” with glasses. Stereotypes have been around a long time. They reflect the ideas that people have about others who are not like them in some way. When you hear someone describe a classmate as a “nerd” or a “jock,” you’re hearing a stereotype that is assigning that person to a category based on a label. Stereotypes are not all negative; for example, “nerdy kids are smart” or “girls are better at intuition than guys” are positive stereotypes. Using either negative or positive stereotypes to describe people ignores the uniqueness of people by mischaracterizing who they are and what they think and believe as individuals. Voices Against Stereotypes SUGGESTED Learning Strategies: SOAPSTone, Brainstorming, Close Reading, Marking the Text, Rereading, Word Map, Drafting Academic VocaBulary A stereotype is a fixed, oversimplified image of a person, group, or idea, or something conforming to that image. Uniqueness contains the root -uni-, from the Latin word unicus or unus, meaning “single or one.” This root also appears in unison, unicorn, unicycle, and university. The suffix -ness indicates that the word is a noun. Word Connections ©2011CollegeBoard.Allrightsreserved. Unit 1  •  Voices of Modern Culture   43
  • 2. continued Read the poem below and then complete the SOAPSTone activity that follows. My Notes Activity 1.16 Voices Against Stereotypes A b o u t t h e A u t h o r Diane Burns (1957–2006) published only one book of poetry, Riding the One-Eyed Ford (1981), but she was a vivid presence in the New York City poetry scene in the 1980s. Admiring critics have described her poetry as “fierce,” “witty,” and “sardonic.” P o e t r y Diane Burns (Lac Courte Oreilles- Cheemehuevi) How do you do? No, I am not Chinese. No, not Spanish. No, I am American Indi—uh, Native American. No, not from India No, not Apache No, not Navajo. No, not Sioux. No, we are not extinct. Yes, Indian. 55 1010 ©2011CollegeBoard.Allrightsreserved. 44   SpringBoard® English Textual Power™ Level 5 Reflection of the loss of culture, homeland, and identify of many N.A. tribes and cultures. Maybe her confusion about who she is, too. Addressing: types of N.A. "All the same", confusion with people from India.
  • 3. continued Oh? So that’s where you got those high cheekbones. Your great grandmother, huh? An Indian Princess, huh? Hair down to there? Let me guess. Cherokee? Oh, so you’ve had an Indian friend? That close? Oh, so you’ve had an Indian servant? That much? Yeah, it was awful what you guys did to us. It’s real decent of you to apologize. No, I don’t know where you can get peyote. No, I don’t know where you can get Navajo rugs real cheap. No, I didn’t make this. I bought it at Bloomingdales. Thank you. I like your hair too. I don’t know if anyone knows whether or not Cher is really Indian. No, I didn’t make it rain tonight. Yeah. Uh-huh. Spirituality. Uh-huh. Yeah. Spirituality. Uh-huh. Mother Earth. Yeah. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Spirituality. No, I didn’t major in archery. Yeah, a lot of us drink too much. Some of us can’t drink enough. This ain’t no stoic1 look. This is my face. 1515 2020 2525 3030 3535 My Notes 1 stoic, adj., unaffected by emotions in the midst of adversity Activity 1.16©2011CollegeBoard.Allrightsreserved. Unit 1  •  Voices of Modern Culture   45 Addresses: Appearance - high cheekbones, long hair New speaker? Or did the other person say they were part N.A.? All N.A. are related or the person is trying to relate Pay? How much they did? How many? Drugs, all N.A. weave rugs, all N. A. are poor Bloomingdales isn't cheap, so she's not poor. Rain dances Religion, spirituality, worship, All N.A. worship Mother Earth All N.A. hunt with bows & arrows still Stereotype: All N.A. are drunks. Reference to history - getting them drunk to buy stuff Drown frustrations about the past, pain, hurt, anger, hopelessness All N.A. don't show emotions Sounds irritated or angry
  • 4. continued A Close Reading of Text SOAPSTone Response Textual Support Speaker: Who is the speaker? Occasion: What is the social, cultural, historical, geographical context of the text? Audience: Who is the target audience? Purpose: What is the message of the text? Why was it written? Subject: What is the text about? What is the theme? Tone: What is the speaker’s attitude toward the reader, subject, and audience? Voices Against StereotypesActivity 1.16 ©2011CollegeBoard.Allrightsreserved. 46   SpringBoard® English Textual Power™ Level 5 Maybe teenager, young adult lots of slang Stopped in the hall at school, the mall it's a conversation the questioner, another teenager, young adult OR anyone who has stereotypes about people Written in Q/A organization, addresses topic, slang Stereotypes aren't always correct Frustration over stereotypes faced QA format Anger reflected at the end Theme - stereotypes aren't correct; don't judge people by stereotypes All the stereotypes expressed are wrong & don't describe her life. Anger and frustration Lots of repeated "No, ..." end she sounds angry and sad (the drinking line)