Sociology 204 Writing Assignment Option 7: Nacirema Redux

For graded section three you read “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema.” In this writing assignment you will write an essay modeled on the Nacirema article (maybe an even better model is “Nacirema Celestial-Deer Worship” written by a student, Elizabeth Smith, for a similar writing assignment at her college; it is on Canvas). For your essay you should identify some topic like body-ritual or celestial-deer worship and develop a central point about it that you develop through a series of “naïve” observations from an outsiders perspective on your topic. This essay more than the others will be graded on the quality of your writing and your ability to mimic the tone of the original (and Smith’s version) while advancing your own point. It is more of a writing challenge than the other assignments, and best suited for more confident, creative, and ambitious writers.

This essay can be 1,000 – 1,200 words rather than 1,200-1,500, and may work well in a five paragraph format. The grading criteria below still apply but we will weigh your writing as part of our assessment of the argument, as with the Nacirema piece an important part of the argument is communicated not directly but through the writing.

You may use the topic that you talked about in your section groups if you like. In case the smallgroup outline you may have used in your section is helpful, it is included with Smith’s essay on the Canvas file.