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What a Book Report in Third Grade Taught Me About Writing Outlines

I wrote my first book report in third grade. It was handwritten on notebook paper with wide margins. And it was over ten pages long when I turned it in for a grade. It was possibly closer to twenty or so pages, if I recall correctly. I ended up receiving a bad mark on it and had to rewrite it, even after all the work I did. To say that I was perplexed and upset is an understatement. 

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What has contributed to your political education and identity?

In my last post, Understanding Political Identities. And Other Questions, I shared some insight into my own political identity and history and asked quite a few questions. Hopefully, it spurred some helpful reflection and dialogue. 

This post will focus on one question in particular which I hope you, dear reader, consider in earnest. 

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Understanding Political Identities. And Other Questions.

I lived in Brooklyn, New York during the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. I had only been living there for a month or so at the time, just beginning my junior year of high school. Yet that day forever changed the course of my young adult life, and my interest in political affairs, as it did for many others around the entire world. 

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on September 11, 2001? If you were over the age of five at the time, I bet you do. 

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