Monday, February 17, 2014


I chose the article Aria by Richard Rodriquez for this week which was a way nicer read the Delpit last week!! Granted I’ve been at swim Championships all weekend so it took me a while to grasp it through all the cheers and races. But I still liked it a lot better than the last one J

This week I decided to do the argument point because I think there was a strong argument that Rodriquez made on the last page of his article. This author argues that “children lose a degree of ’individuality’ by becoming assimilated into public society.” (38) Rodriquez talks about how when he was a boy (or at least I think it’s about him) the nuns at his school told his Spanish speaking parents that they needed to learn English to help him do better in school. Rodriquez talks about it made him lose touch with his heritage and his family. His family began to talk to each other less as they became more Americanized and as his father struggled to learn the new language he began to talk and interact less and less with his family. Rodriquez talks about how it is great to feel like an individual in what he calls the “public society” or the English speaking society but that you lose sight of your individuality in your “private” life. At least I think that’s what he’s saying about how to be accepted into society you have to give up a part of who you are and where you’re from.
I know in the classroom I'm working in this semester is an ESL classroom which is actually very challenging for me because I only ever retained the colors and months in Spanish so I found a website that has a lot of helpful tips to work with students who speak different languages.
Also sorry this is late I was at a swim competition all weekend and there was zero WiFi (which is dumb because we were at a college) and when I got home at like 1 am last night my computer wasn't working and so I had to take it to Best Buy today and they did all this work on it just to tell me I needed a new charger for it and ugh it was ridiculous! But here it is!!


  1. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that you have to give up a part of yourself to be accepted by society. Unfortunately, there's a standard set of "rules" that society has created for acceptance and normalcy in the world. I'm glad you talked about the loss of private individuality versus the acquisition of public individuality, because that's what I got out of this article too. Nice work!

  2. I think it's really cool that you guys are working with ESL kids and from what you all tell us in class it has made me want to experience it myself so that I know how to handle a situation like that. I thought your post was really good, I agree with you when you say that he didn't want to loose sight of his private identity when opening up to his public one. Great job!