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Born A Crime Talking Point 1
What You’re Writing
Noah explains his background as follows: “My mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, is black. My father, Robert, is white. . . . During apartheid, one of the worst crimes you could commit was having sexual relations with a person of another race. Needless to say, my parents committed that crime” (Noah, 21). Examine the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act of 1949, as well as its amendment in 1968 and repeal in 1986. Discuss why such legislation existed and its impact on Noah’s upbringing. The, compare the South African law to the U.S. Supreme Court cases of Loving v. Virginia in 1967 and Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013. How do these Supreme Court cases and their original legislation affect your social thought and opinion on American society?
How You’re Writing It
- Your Talking Point is no longer a summary-and-response assignment. Now, it is your academic literary response to a writing prompt, which is based upon specific themes and passages from the reading. In other words, you’re writing short essays as preparation–a build-up–to a larger essay that you will write later–an essay about a theme you understand and interpret from the novel and discussions. Again, no summary paragraph is required as the first paragraph–just start off your Talking Point as an insightful essay of your own thoughts.
- Your Talking Point must be five paragraphs in length, and it must have an introduction with your thesis, a body of support paragraphs that explain your main ideas with descriptive details, and a conclusion that sums up your main ideas and insights about the prompt.
- Note: There is no requirement for a summary paragraph of what you’ve read.
- You must cite a total of four (4) sources to support your ideas. You must cite at least two (2) passages from Born A Crime, and you must cite passages from two (2) essays from They Say, I Say or multimedia, such as online articles or videos, that you’ve studied this semester. Your source citations must be in proper MLA-style format.
- You must have a Works Cited section at the end of your Talking Point. Your Works Cited section must be in proper MLA-style format.
- If you do not follow the writing requirements, you will receive a zero for only that part of the assignment.