Adriana Estill

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Placing a Community: Demographic Contexts part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment asks students to examine several recent U.S. census tables about Hispanics and educational attainment and write a brief report that details the conclusions they reach about what information the tables offer. This is the first written assignment for an introductory class on U.S. Latino Studies. The timing and format of the assignment are designed to help students 'place' U.S. Latinos in a temporal and situational context. It also permits them to see the importance of asking who U.S. Latinos are. I also emphasize the need to assess and interpret contemporary demographic data about Latinos in the U.S., given the politicized and, arguably, partial nature of census data gathering. Census Data on U.S. Latinos