Length: four (4) pages (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
Part 1: (2 pages)
1) Outline of the story (narrative)
2) Description of the important characters (narrative)
3) Discussion of identity development of main character (see theories from class in our text book) (narrative)
Part 2: (2 pages)
4) Analysis: (narrative) Use one theory or model discussed in class/the text book to explore/analyze,
with specific examples from both the novel and the theory, on communication issue raised in the book (examples:
conflict management; cross-cultural interaction; negotiating power; role of language in communication; importance
of context and/or status; how people cope with cultural transitions) Some of the models or theories that you may use include:
- ï‚· Kluckhon and Strodtbeck Value Orientations (Chapter 3)
- ï‚· Five conflict management styles (handout)
- ï‚· Four models of cultural adaptation (Chapter 8)
- ï‚· Targeted/Privileged Identity (in book: Minority/Majority Identity Development) (Chapter 5) Nota Bene: Analysis: Explain one of the theories from the course/text book to analyze/discuss, with specific examples from both the novel and main character in terms of her or his cross-cultural interactions and/or multicultural identity/ies. Show how the theory helps explain the experience of the main character.
ï‚· Your paper should be about 1/2 descriptive (approximately 2 pages) and 1/2 analytical (approximately 2 pages) = 4 pages
ï‚· Purpose of the second half (i.e. use of the model or theory is to demonstrate understanding of the novel) 5) Include a concluding paragraph (1/2 page) of self-reflection on your personal learning from the novel,
regarding cross-cultural interactions and/or relationships.
Length: This is a 4 page essay, Not including the APA title page and references.
Organization: You need to have good organization, e.g. an introduction, body, and conclusion. The body will naturally have a number of paragraphs depending on your main ideas.
First Half: In addition, the first half of the essay is your narrative of retelling the story of the novel in your own words, focusing on the most important events in the novel. Explain who the main characters are.
Second Half: Importantly, the second half of the essay is your intercultural analysis of the main character(s). Use one theory from class just as we have been doing all semester. Explain what the theory says and then use the theory to explain what happens in the novel. Give a good number of examples from the novel. If the theory has stages, then give at least one example from the novel of each stage. After this discussion, state what you have learned of the novel from your analysis (your findings). Be sure to use parenthetical citations for quotations and paraphrasing from the novel as well as from the textbook in addition to a reference page at the end with both sources.