Discussing social and civic responsibility

In this discussion, we’ll continue the brainstorming process by discussing social and civic responsibility and how it applies to our unique communities. (See Section 2.1: The Writing Process: Planning and Prewriting Strategies.) Through this discussion, you will arrive at a topic for the research-based writing project in this class.

Prepare

Prior to participating in this discussion, read Chapter 1 in College Writing Handbook. Then, review the discussion grading criteria and read My Adventures as a Social Poet, written by Langston Hughes in 1947. Re-read this short essay as many times as necessary to comprehend the words and their meaning.

Reflect

After reading “My Adventures as a Social Poet,” reflect upon its message. Think about community members’ responsibilities to one another. Consider the biggest issues facing your community today.

Why is it important for us to write about social issues? Why does your research and your writing matter?

Write

Remind the class of your community. Explain how Hughes’ words relate to you. Include reasons why you have a responsibility to your community. Hughes felt compelled to write about racial inequality, social injustice, and African-American culture. What compels you?

As you discuss social responsibility, talk about specific issues that affect your community. Use this discussion to identify a broad topic for the research-based argument we will be writing in this class. If you are having trouble choosing a single topic, solicit advice from your classmates.

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