Paragraph Review and The New Jim Crow Response

Part I: Watch the linked short video, “Introduction to Paragraphs,” which includes a new way to think about the structure of a paragraph using the MEAL plan.

What does each letter in the MEAL plan stand for? Briefly explain the significance of each element.

  1. M
  1. E
  1. A
  1. L

Part II: Re-read the paragraph below from Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and then answer the questions in your document.

(1) The racial dimension of mass incarceration is its most striking feature. (2) No other country in the world imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities. (3) The United States imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid. (4) In Washington, D.C., our nation’s capitol, it is estimated that three out of four young black men (and nearly all those in the poorest neighborhoods) can expect to serve time in prison (Braman 3). (5) Similar rates of incarceration can be found in black communities across America.

  1. Which sentence/s would you identify as an “M” in the plan? (Identify by number.)
  1. Which sentence/s would you identify as an “E” in the plan? (Identify by number.)
  1. Which sentence/s would you identify as an “A” in the plan? (Identify by number.)
  1. Which sentence/s would you identify as an “L” in the plan? (Identify by number.)

Part III: Write a 250-300-word response in a Word document to Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Briefly summarize the essay, and explain what you believe are the most important arguments. Using one or more of the They Say/ I Say templates or your own approach, explain where you agree/ disagree/ both agree and disagree with her arguments, and explain why the issues matter (i.e., who cares?).

Task Complete: You have finished the three parts of the assignment. Please submit your response to Blackboard. (This assignment is worth 15 points.)

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