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Nacirema Activity

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Reporting on a Ritual of the Nacirema


As an anthropologist (a person who studies humans) in the field, you have recently witnessed a new ritual of a culture called the Nacirema.  In an effort to study and learn about this “new” culture, you have been asked to write a report of your observations.  You do not have any background knowledge about this ritual nor have you talked to anyone. The only information you have is what has been witnessed through the use of your senses (what you saw, heard, tasted, felt, and smelled).  

Your report, which will be sent to other anthropologists for review, should follow these requirements:

Your report should be 1-2 paragraphs in length.  
You must have a clear purpose that explains your theory of this new ritual.
You must use a distinctive voice and tone. Remember, you are writing for a scientific audience and your tone should be authoritative and objective (to the point; no opinion or bias).
You must include details that use specific examples to support your main ideas.
Your paper must be organized with a topic sentence, concluding sentence, and transitions to help one sentence flow into the next.
You must try your best to use correct writing
conventions (spelling and GUM - grammar, usage, mechanics).




Scholar

Practitioner

Apprentice

Novice

Purpose

- theory of new ritual explained in more than one way- theory of new ritual clearly explained - theory of new ritual explained with slight confusion- theory of new ritual explained with much confusion

Voice and Tone

- tone is authoritative and objective and uses scientific language- tone is authoritative and objective throughout- tone is sometimes authoritative and objective - tone is lacking authority and objectivity

Detail

- many specific examples used to support  main ideas- specific examples used to support  main ideas- few specific examples used to support  main ideas- limited specific examples used to support  main ideas

Organized

- See practitioner column AND
- word choice is deliberate
-  paragraph(s) include a topic sentence, concluding sentence, and transitions to help one sentence flow into the next- one of the following is missing:
topic sentence, concluding sentence, or transitions to help one sentence flow into the next
- more than one of the following missing:
topic sentence, concluding sentence, and transitions to help one sentence flow into the next

Spelling / GUM

-no grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors - not many grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors - some grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors - many grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors


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Aug 25, 2012, 12:00 PM
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