1. Read Our Patchwork Nation by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel.
2. Go to the book’s website: http://www.patchworknation.org/
Find out how your city has been categorized. On a sheet of paper answer the following questions: What are the defining characteristics of your city? Do you agree with the label placed upon your city by the authors, or do you think it should be classified as something else? Why? Why not?
3. Compose a 2 page typed response to the following prompt:
Given the premise of this book, do you think it is possible for Americans to conceive an inclusive national identity out of the myriad of communities and districts in the US?
Assignments will be collected on the first day of class and will count as your first 2 grades.