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Julie Abuhadid “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society” and My Uncle’s experience The thesis of the text “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society” by Johnathan Kozol is that “illiterates live, in more than literal ways, an uninsured existence.” The author uses techniques by defining literacy through quotes from people who are illiterate and the statistics Kozol uses, which show factual information. I connect “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society” to my uncle’s first experience in America for many reasons. I connect the text to my uncle’s first experience in America for many reasons. “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society” points out that everyday individuals face hardships because they are illiterate. My uncle who is illiterate, visiting from Palestine, faced many difficulties here in the United States. One day my uncle wanted to go shopping to get food to make breakfast, but he wouldn’t take anyone with him. My uncle wanted to try shopping on his own without any help. He came back with a couple of things, milk, eggs, and what he thought was “sausage.” When i looked at the packaging it had the picture of the sausages and said “dog treats.” It was actually dog sausage treats that looked like real sausages. I put this in context with Kozol’s text because he

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