Discussion 1:300 words or more

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review the following Required Resources:

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Choose one of the following two options to address in this discussion. Be sure that your initial post meets the full length requirement of 300 words, and that you incorporate at least two of this week’s required resources in your post, one of which should be the textbook. Include citations and a full reference to your chosen sources. (See the Required Resources page for all references in APA format).

Option 1: Watch the A Class Divided (Links to an external site.) documentary, then

  • Explain the exercise that Jane Elliot did with her students.
    • Were you surprised at how quickly the children began to treat each other differently after they were told that children with a certain eye color were superior or inferior?
    • How do you think prejudiced views develop and persist over time?
    • Is there anything that could be done to eliminate prejudice?
    • What role does education play in this?

Option 2: Take the interactive dialect quiz, How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk (Links to an external site.), then address the following:

  • What areas of the US most closely matched your dialect? Include a screenshot or link to your map if you would like to share it.
  • Did your results match up with where you currently live or where you have lived before?
  • Were there any questions where you had no word for the item described?
  • When answering the questions, were there any options listed that you’d never heard anyone use before?
  • What does this quiz tell you about different dialects and cultures within the US?
  • Does your use of language feel more “right” or “normal” than others’? If so, why do you think this is?

Discussion 2: You are required to post at least 150 total words in this forum this week.

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review this week’s readings, guidance, and announcements. Reflect on what you found interesting, surprising, or confusing.

This discussion forum is an opportunity for you to explore topics that interest you, share critical insights and questions that you are working with, share your struggles and triumphs, and discuss difficulties that may have arisen this week. Your initial post should describe your experiences in the course this past week, prompting further discussion. Address at least two of the following questions:

  • Was there anything that caused you to view the world around you differently or examine a topic from a different perspective?
  • What struck you in particular as you explored the course materials this week?
  • Do you have questions that your classmates might be able to help you with? (If you have a question for the instructor, be sure to contact your instructor via email).
  • Part of having the growth mindset, which we talked about in the Post Your Introduction forum, is to learn from the feedback and critiques you get from your instructor and classmates. Review your feedback on the Applying Anthropology and Telling Stories Discussion in Week 1. How will you incorporate your instructor’s comments on this week’s discussion? (If you have a specific question about your feedback, be sure to contact your instructor via email

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