by Naomi Shihab Nye
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Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
- Laura Sydell
In “Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just as Cliquey Online,” Laura Sydell from NPR’s All Things Considered discusses how social networks can reinforce cliques and biases.Pair “Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online” with “This is Not Who We Are” and ask students what brings Americans together and drives them apart. Do students think that our social media networks are making it difficult for us to understand, or be exposed to, other people’s perspectives? What does Naomi Shihab Nye suggest can bring people together?
- Claude McKay
Festus Claudius “Claude” McKay (1889-1948) was a Jamaican-American novelist and poet who played an important role in the Harlem Renaissance. In this sonnet, the speaker reveals his mixed feelings about living in "the land of the free."Pair “America” with “This is Not Who We Are” and ask students to discuss people’s personal experiences in America. Why does Claude McKay have mixed feelings about America? In the essay, Naomi Shihab Nye discusses her complicated relationship with her culture in America. Why do students think some Arab-Americans might feel confused or sad right now?
- Naomi Shihab Nye
In Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Gate A-4,” a speaker offers comfort to a distressed woman by speaking with her in Arabic before a flight.Pair “Gate A-4” with “This is Not Who We Are” to provide students with a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. Ask students to discuss the similar themes Nye explores in her poem and essay. Ask students to discuss how the author describes her experiences being influenced by her Arab identity. How do both texts convey a sense of hope?
A Tense Calm on Brazil-Venezuelan Border after Anti-Immigrant Riot
- Inacio Doce Villamar
In “A Tense Calm on Brazil-Venezuelan Border after Anti-Immigrant Riot,” tensions rise as Venezuelan immigrants cross the border into Brazil to escape economic and political turmoil.Pair “This is Not Who We Are” with “A Tense Calm on Brazil-Venezuelan Border after Anti-Immigrant Riot” and begin a discussion on cultural identity and difference, as well as our attitudes toward others. How does Shihab Nye’s attitude towards other cultures compare to the circumstances at the Brazilian border? What can we learn from Shihab Nye’s optimism? Why might it be challenging for Brazilians at the border to share the same attitude? What are the ways we can bring people from different backgrounds together?