Nacirema Fieldwork Essay Assignment
for Dowell's WRAC Classes

Step I: Carefully read Horace Miner's essay on the Nacirema, paying attention to all the footnoted text.

Step II: Pay close attention to what the instructor and other students have to say about their various (presumably) life-long interactions with Nacirema culture.

Step III: Carefully (re)consider your (presumably) life-long, "in-the-field" interactions with the Nacirema.

Step IV: As Miner dealt with various body-related rituals, you are to compose an essay focusing upon one single Nacirema body ritual.

Step V: In-class Peer Evaluation, as determined by the due date set on the class schedule (as determined in class).

Step VI: Revise your essay (i.e., write Second, Third, whatever's-needed Drafts). Final Drafts must be no less than 500 words, nor longer than 600. (That requires some tight writing! This assignment is only 544 words!)

Step VII: Post your Final Draft to the web by the due date set on the class schedule (as determined in class).


posted 9.3.99
revised 10.4.02
revised again 9.10.04
copyright ©1999-2008, John A. Dowell
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