Constructive Criticism

  • discuss guidelines for critiquing positively
  • create list of rules for civil discussion

Peer Review

  • Get into groups of 4 and share your autobiographies
  • Be more positive than negative - make suggestions rather than pointing out flaws
  • Respect the fact that these are drafts. Don't expect them to be completely refined yet.
  • Leave comments that help the author understand your perspective as a reader - Was the essay clear to you? Did you enjoy any particular elements?

The Other America

  • Listen to Flobots song (the lyrics are here)
  • Look at Anne Braden
  • Freewrite
  • Discuss


  • Think about how your autobiography fits into the big picture.
  • Be prepared to freewrite about the identity that you've presented in your paper on Thursday