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Assignments and Reading

Weekly Assignments and Readings Fall 2018


  • Written Assignments
    •  Due at least 48 hours before your 4th hour.   
    •  Listed in the week that they are due.
    •  1-2 page essays which demonstrate you have read the readings and are reflecting on yourself and with and for those you serve at ACLAMO.
    • Readings were send in email with the syllabus.  You can cut and paste links in search engine.


WELCOME BACK TO CARITAS  No written or reading assignment this week.  Think about why people hate?  What is the roots of racism, ethnocentrism and privilege? Who has privilege/power in this country?  Why?  How does privilege and powered exercised for good?  Used to negatively influence others?

No Fourth Hour.    

Dr. Martin Luther Jr.  King Memorial Lecture   Wednesday, 1/22 at 6:30pm Villanova Room

Or one  Freedom School Session Connelly Center Thursday, 1/23  10-4pm


Preferred event.  MLK Memorial Lecture:  Valerie  Kaur “Revolution of Love” Reclaim love as a force for justice in America. As a lawyer, filmmaker, and innovator, she has won policy change on multiple fronts – hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, Internet freedom, and more. .


Freedom School:  Thursday 1/24 see schedule


Written Assignment:  Summary of Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial lecture and how you/we (Villanova or America) can practice what Ms. Kaur is teaching.

Read   “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” Peggy McIntosh


Choose one of these readings to examine what happens as a result of privilege/othering

  • “Racial Profiling on the Main Line.”   Steve Volk, Philadelphia Magazine. November 30, 2015. or

  • Construction of Self Essay:  Caroline Foley   VU’17 SLC ‘15  and student leader ’16 and ’17 for SLC. Written for SLC 4th hour.  (PDF) Caroline is an Asian American and former editor of the Villanovan


Written Assignment:  

List three of the privileges from the McIntosh essay that made you think and briefly describe why? 

Include  one of the other readings or Ta’Nehisi Coates or Kaur lecture.  Create three questions you would either like to talk about in fourth hour about what you are learning in ACS at service or at MLK lecture or Freedom School. 


Service assignment:  Ask the children at ACLAMO about their dreams, what they want, aspire to, what is most important to them, who encourages them and what gets in their way?

* Foley Caroline Construction of Self Essay.pdf
Foley Essay for week of 1/27

Read   The Crisis in the Education of Latino students; Patricia Gandara, Civil Rights Project, University of California-Los Angeles 2008


Written Assignment:  Can you make connections with this article and the children at ACLAMO, with the neighborhood project you did last semester and Between the World and Me


Be prepared to talk about What did the children at ACLAMO said about their hopes and dreams.1/20 

Read  What does First Grade Say about the rest of your life?  Washington Post, 2016


Written Assignment: Respond to the following questions:  What is the American Dream?  Include what Coates and James Baldwin taught you about America and race and poverty.    What is your Dream for America for the ACLAMO community?

Optional Videos:

Interesting  Video about the relationship between race, neighborhood and opportunity.   Where does  the American Dream Live  NYTimes 2016     WHAT is this video communicating?   2010  The American Dream

Written  You have 6 weeks of service left, what do you hope to communicate to the children?  What do you hope for  yourself?

1.       Students are assigned in 4th hour on 2/17 for student choice 3/16 and 3/30 to choose a topic and lead 4th hour discussion.

2.       Leaders should have reliable source of information

3.       Students assign readings, video or essay  by 2/3 to their fourth hour

4.       Students can use video, agree disagree or any form of exercise to create discussion


Reading or Video:  Find an article/current event/video that addresses your questions about immigration. 

Come up with statements about immigration to the United States/DACA program/ Deportation/Detention centers that you have.


Writing: What is your stance on immigration in the US?  What is your rationale?  What questions do you have?  Has your experience at ACLAMO influenced your stance?   Develop 5 Statements about immigration for Agree/Disagree.  Be prepared to share your statements in Agree/Disagree exercise in 4th hour.  I.E:  The United States would benefit from  balancing immigration based  regarding race and income? 

Week of March 30  Student Choice/Service Site Presentation Group chooses (see 3/16)


Written Assignment:  Saying Goodbye to those with whom you serve—described on 4/1

In your final essay- Write about one of the students you tutored write about the experience about the child.  Has the relationship affected your view of the world, immigration and the current rhetoric about “Immigrants from the South”?  What have the children or ACLAMO taught you?  What have you unlearned through the relationships?


Write a “Letter to a child or children” On a separate sheet of paper write a letter to a particular child.  It could include what you hope for that child and what you think they must do to reach their dreams or for hope to remain alive.  Be sure to say goodbye and explain why you are leaving.  Acknowledge the role they have played in your life and if you can what you hope for them and what you think they need to do to live their dream.   You may give that note to that child

What was the most significant thing you learned this year as a result of your participation in Caritas?

What was the most significant thing you “unlearned” as a result of your participation in Caritas?

Service:   Write a summary or your service experience considering these questions.

·         Did the experience challenge you?  What did you learn from service?

·         What suggestions would you make to ACLAMO?

Service Learning:

·         Did service connect with your ACS course?  Is so what was the best reading or class discussion that facilitated the connection.  How is service changed by the integration of learning and reflection?

·         What fourth hour was most significant for you?

·         What would you like to talk about in fourth hour that was not included?


·         Suggest ways in which we can build Community in Caritas

·         What would you change about the Caritas experience?


Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Office of Service Learning
St. Augustine Center for the Liberal Arts
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Noreen Cameron, Director
SAC Room 386

Mary Aiello, Administrative Assistant
SAC Room 385

We have a constantly evolving list of with faculty and community partners that change each semester.

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