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Setting a Purpose for Reading Mark the text for allusions, and use metacognitive markers by placing a ? when you have a question, a ! when you have a strong reaction, and a * when you have a comment. Circle unknown words and phrases. Try to determine the meaning of the words by using context clues, word parts, or a dictionary About the Author Richard Rodriguez has written extensively about his own life and his struggles to reconcile his origins as the son of Mexican immigrants and his rise through American academia. In his memoir, The Hunger of Memory , written in English, his second language, Rodriguez examines how his assimilation into American culture affected his relationship to his Mexican roots. Excerpt from The Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez 1 I have taken Caliban's advice. I have stolen their books. I will have some run of this isle. 2 Once upon a time, I was a “socially disadvantaged” child. An enchantedly happy child. Mine was a childhood of intense family closeness. And extreme public alienation. 3 Thirty years later I write this book as a middle-class American man. Assimilated. 4 Dark-skinned. To be seen at a Belgravia dinner party. Or in New York. Exotic in a tuxedo. My face is drawn to severe Indian features which would pass notice on the page of a National Geographic , but at a cocktail party in Bel Air somebody wonders: “Have you ever thought of doing any high- fashion modeling? Take this card.” (In Beverly Hills will this monster make a man.) 5 A lady in a green dress asks, “Didn’t we meet at the Thompsons’ party last month in Malibu?” 6 And, “What do you do, Mr. Rodriguez?”
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