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Outsider Exercise Student Instructions

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For this freewriting exercise, think about a time when you felt like an outsider. Where were you at the time? When did this occur? What group was it that you felt outside of? Describe the experience in detail.

Now think again about this experience. How might it relate to the idea of literacy? Would you have felt more like an insider if you had understood the language of the community you wanted to join? What other types of language (i.e. body language) might you have needed to learn to join the community?