Nov 18 – Sub Verb Agreement Activity & Discussion Response

Sub Verb Agreement Activity

It was January 17, 2005 and three cadets were training to become police detectives. The sergeant decided to test if they were skilled at recognizing a suspect. He showed the first cadet a picture for five seconds and then hid it. Then he said, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize him?”
“That’s easy, answered the cadet. “We would find him fast because he only has one eye. The sergeant thinks for a minute and then answered, “Well that’s because the picture I showed you is a profile. It shows only a side view.” He can’t believe the cadet had given him such a ridiculous answer, but he goes on to the second cadet. Flashing the picture for five seconds to him. Again, he asks, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize him?” The second cadet smiled and said, “It would be easy to catch, because he has only one ear!” The police sergeant shook his head in disbelief. Then angrily responded, “What’s the matter with you two? Of course, only one eye and one ear are showing, it’s a picture of his profile! Was that the best answer you can come up with?!” Extremely frustrated at this point, he shows the picture to the 3rd cadet and in a very testy voice asked, “This is your suspect. How would you recognize him?” He quickly adds, “Think hard before giving me a stupid answer.” The cadet looks at the picture intently for a moment. Then she said, “The suspect wears contact lenses.”
The sergeant was speechless. He goes to his office and checked the suspects file in his computer and comes back. He is beaming. “Its true! The suspect did indeed wore contact lenses. Tell us how you were able to made such an astute observation! “It was easy,” said the cadet. “He can’t wear glasses because he only has one eye and one ear.”

Discussion Response

Christopher Grant’s response to Paula Mirando’s diversity issues includes the significance of loneliness and isolation from the inability to adapt to multiple cultures.  We both agree that choosing one culture over another as a multiethnic person can lead to a lost of self-identity. In Christopher’s response, he mentioned his struggle comforting with Italian culture despite he being Italian himself. Being a multiethnic person, he has chosen the “cozy American culture” over his racial ethnic culture.


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