Higher Education Assignment #1: What is “Cultural Literacy”?

E.D. Hirsch, Donaldo Macedo, and James Loewen each have emphatic opinions about the advantages, drawbacks, and blindspots inherent in the relationship between history, culture, and literacy in America. Using Hirsch’s discussion of “cultural literacy” as a starting point, describe how each author would redefine the meaning of this phrase, analyzing and comparing the motivations and assumptions that underlie their arguments about “what you should have learned” in school.

Format: 4-5 pages, MLA format


Type: Develop an argument to analyze the tension between sources

Rationale: The purpose of this assignment is for students to first practice summarizing and comparing by restating the main points and arguments in their assigned readings and doing a comparative analysis of the positions stated therein.

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