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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

[Archive] Learning Activity Online Presentation Assignment

Assignment: If you chose to complete the Reading a Region Learning Activity, then please post a comment to this post that presents your work to the class. Your post should include the following:

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1. Your name
2. The global region on which you focused your project
3. The specific group you surveyed: how do you know this group, what is its size, how did you survey the members?
4. A brief statement of what the survey results showed
5. A short paragraph summarizing what you learned from completing this learning activity

This post counts as the presentation part of your Learning Activity grade and is due by midnight on Friday, October 15, 2014.


  1. 1. Sabrina Taylor
    2. I did my project on Italy
    3. I surveyed some of my residents/peers. I knew them from common interests and we always hang together so I felt why not interview them since we are already together. Majority of them were athletes and one was my roommate. All together it was 10 peers and I gave them a few questions all together as if it were open discussion.
    4. My survey results showed that they were against Columbus for invading a region that others already were settled in and taking over. They knew Italy mostly for its attractions and what American entertainment and media wants us to see.
    5. From doing this learning activity I was able to learn more about different perspectives. Sharing what we discussed in class and asking my peers on Italy showed me we all see things differently. I also learned that America influences a lot about what we know or understand about other regions. I also learned its so important to know history and experience it for yourself. I also learned that most of our generation and this era has a completely different feel and perspective on invading other peoples homes compared to what these explorers did in the 14th century.

  2. Danielle Stryker
    Office employees
    (It didn't fit)

  3. 1. Ashlyn Drake
    2. Central America, more specifically, the Bahamas
    3. I surveyed members of my softball team and members from my floor in my dorm. I know these people because I am around them every day and some of them are my best friends. There are 15 members on the softball team and roughly 75 students on my floor. Out of these 90 students, I randomly chose 10. I surveyed each member individually, asking them questions about Christopher Columbus discovering America, and the people of Central America. I recorded the questions and answers to then use in my paper.
    4. The survey showed that the majority of students I interviewed had no idea where Christopher Columbus landed when he discovered America. It also showed that they were very stereotypical when describing the people of that area in the past and present. These stereotypes were based off of their experiences with this area from vacations, and what they have learned from other people they interact with along with American media.
    5. I learned that not many people know the true history of Christopher Columbus’s journey to discover America. It is ignorant of us to think that he is some hero for finding land that people were already living on. His actions towards the people in their land were immoral. Due to the lack of understanding of the people of Central America, we stereotype the people off our experiences spent in similar areas and our interactions with others. I believe that people should be educated about the true discovering of America and the wrongful acts Columbus did towards the Indians.

  4. Cody McClung


    10 SU athletes, asked various questions about location, and describing words.

    My results showed that here at SU students can be very stereotypical and have no respect for other countries.

    This learning activity showed me that America is a very arrogant country. We show no respect for other countries and tend to mock other cultures. As a whole America needs to have open arms toward other countries and try to accept their cultures and traditions. We may learn something if we take off our "cultural lenses".

  5. Eyram Wayem
    The region I chose for my project was Africa.
    I interviewed about 8-10 people and it was discussion based.
    My results showed that not many people know about the history of Africa and that some people are very stereotypical about Africans.
    This project showed me that as long as people have power and can do whatever they like because of that power that there will always be those to suffer because of it.

  6. 1. Your name - Karen Cornejo Guillen

    2. The global region on which you focused your project- El Salvador in Central America

    3. The specific group you surveyed: how do you know this group, what is its size, how did you survey the members?
    Most of the people I surveyed were classmates from my FYS class: Sex, Power and Poverty Among Global Youth. I also surveyed four people outside of my FYS class because I wanted to get a broader understanding of the way in which students at Shenandoah view Central American countries like El Salvador. There are around seventeen people in my FYS class, but only six were surveyed. The other people who participated were either friends of mine or classmates from my introduction to political sciencE class. All surveys were conducted through an interview format.

    4. A brief statement of what the survey results showed:
    The survey results showed that there is an element of rejection of foreign ideas and/or people of origins different from our own. Aside from this, there is a lack of basic knowledge about the Central American region. The most prominent theme that was found when conducting this survey was that most students did not know where Central America is located, which is alarming because it’s pretty much common sense if some consideration about the location of North America and South America were to be applied.

    5. A short paragraph summarizing what you learned from completing this learning activity:
    From completing this activity I learned that people often form generalizations/assumptions about a foreign region. It is interesting that most people were unable to locate the Central American region, yet somehow were able to provide plenty of descriptive words which they associate with Central American countries such as El Salvador. I did not expect many people to know the location of El Salvador specifically because it is a very small country nestled between Honduras and Guatemala, however, the lack of knowledge about the general location of the Central American region speaks a lot to the ignorance, and perhaps some disinterest other parts of the world display in learning about other regions of the world.

  7. 1. Your name:
    Kristen Weadon

    2. The global region on which you focused your project:
    Central America and the Caribbean Islands

    3. The specific group you surveyed: how do you know this group, what is its size, how did you survey the members?
    My interviewees consisted of SU athletes, my friends and my mom. I interviewed ten people and most of them were athletes from study hall. My interview approach was just going up and asking if they would like to take a survey for my English project.

    4. A brief statement of what the survey results showed
    After I concluded my interviews, I noticed that all my interviews were extremely stereotypical. Many people did not know what the Central American countries were and they would say Mexico. Mexico is not part of the Central American countries but most of the stereotyping was from Mexico. People knew where the Caribbean Islands were located but they would think of those islands as a vacation spot and forget about all the poverty in that area.

    5. A short paragraph summarizing what you learned from completing this learning activity:
    When I concluded this learning activity, I learned that we need to stop stereotyping a foreign region before we have been there and experienced their life style. Our culture now is built to judge and assume things that are normally not true just from watching a movie and seeing something on the news. We allow the social and mass media to persuade our views to easily. The only culture someone can judge is one they have been apart of.

  8. 1. Julie Smith
    2. Central America
    3. 10 Members in my Hall and study group
    4. Most of the results were of things that they hear most in the news. They seem to be lost on the geography of the countries and are mainly stereotypical.
    5. In doing this survey I have realized that people don’t seem to know much about anything about other areas of the world. They said things that they would hear on the news, but not so much good things. For the most part, they said things about drugs and criminals, which is stereotypical. The countries that they were naming off are not in Central America but South America and even Europe! All I all, as bad as it sounds, American students do not seem educated on other countries, other than their own.

  9. 1) Brandon Robson
    2) AFRICA
    3) 10 peers that I hang out and study with
    4) The results I gathered from my interviewees were shocking to see. It was shocking because most of everything they had to tell me was negative, rarely did they mention anything positive.
    5) From completing this learning activity I have come to find in my research that social media and social interactions have influenced interviewees to depict a negative connotation of African culture and life. They portray Africa to be a disease ridden continent with many social and economic problems, but they do not realize the full understanding of African culture and life. In the end I was able to give insight to my interviewees about the many positives that Africa has to offer.

  10. 1. Becca Lavin
    2. Africa
    3. 10 family members/friends. I asked them what were the first few words they thought of when they thought of Africa.
    4. I gathered results that confirmed what I had originally thought. Not many people know much about Africa and what they do know about it is negative.
    5. Through this learning activity I learned that many people are very uneducated about Africa and the cultures associated with it. There is a lot of negativity around the word Africa which most people associate with disease, poverty and starvation. We, as Americans, need to become better educated about the positives of other cultures around the world.

  11. Shelby Shrader

    2.) I chose to use the "Don't tread on me symbol" or other known as the Gadsden Flag to use as an example of what Fanon calls "Poetry of Revolt" in his writing "The Wretched of the Earth".

    3.) The Gadsden flag started out as a sketch made by Benjamin Franklin to show that the colonies would unify against the French and Indian war to stand for what they believed in and that they would not be torn apart. The symbol on the flag was a snake cut up into 8 pieces, each piece representing one of the colonies. The phrase "Don't tread on me" has an unknown date of when it was added to the symbol, but was estimated to be around the time of the stamp act, when the colonies were at war with Britain. By this time the symbol was being shown as a way to motivate and distinguish the colonies when going into war. Paul Rivere hung it upon his ship when going into battle to show the British that the colonies would not back down. Soon the symbol was being printed on everything and the colonist would wear or present the symbol with pride, showing that this symbol and saying was a way to band all of the colonist together to make one. Marines marched with painted yellow drums with the rattlesnake and phrase printed on it, they even wore the symbol on the buttons of their military jackets. The significance of the meanings by the symbol is what makes the symbol so perfect for being an example of poetry of revolt. The rattlesnake is only found in the united states- meaning that it can not be found anywhere else. The rattlesnake represented all of the colonist and no one else. Also it is said that the rattlesnake does not start a fight unless someone pushes it too, then the rattlesnake will go into a fight and never surrender until it has won. This is what showed true courage. This is what motivated the colonist to ban together and defeat the British. Just like Fanon stated in his book that words are what is used to fire up the people and get them to commit to a rebellion. This symbol is what trademarked the colonist, it sparked a fire in them and helped to motivate them to not let the British walk all over them and stand up for what they truly believe in.

    4.) From this assignment I learned that literature can start a rebellion. Each piece of literature has its own special meaning to it. In this case it was to start a rebellion. The symbol and words were used to push the colonist to rebel against the British. Before this unit I didn't know what Poetry of revolt was but then realized that it is common in a lot of famous speeches or literature works that we study and read everyday.

  12. 1)Abdullah Aldehaiman
    2) Middle East
    3) I surveyed ten people. Four of them were my family and the other six were my friends from SU.
    4) The results were expected. Most of the people I surveyed were negative towards the subject and thought that some countries were from the Middle East while in reality they were not.
    5) I learned that no matter how old you are you still have cultural lenses. Cultural lenses don't go away with age. You will have to learn not to use them. I say that because I surveyed people that ranged from 16 to 50 years old and most of them thought that Pakistan and all the countries ending in -stan were from the Middle East just because those countries are currently in a civil war. They thought that people from Saudi Arabia were violent and that Saudi Arabia was full of terrorists, which is not true at all.