Chapter Thirteen: Final Exercises

Final Exercise #6: “Creating and Becoming”

Creating and Becoming


Several thinkers we have read this semester write about a new consciousness or a new way of being. Anzaldúa theorizes on alien/mestiza/borderlands consciousness, Guevaraon the new man and the new woman, Nietzscheon the overman. As youdefine these concepts, explain how these new subjectivities (or identities) are created, that is to say, how do we becomea mestiza consciousness, a new man/woman, or the overman? In doing so, make connections between these concepts and processes.

Prompts for exercise. Please address all items

    1. What qualifies these subjectivities as ‘new’ and what does each seek to overcome, transform, and/or metamorphosize?
    2. Are these processes individual, collective, or both?
    3. How do they affect social change?
    4. How do these new subjectivities fit into conceptions of a ‘new’ world/society inMarx’s socialism, Kropotkin’s anarcho-communalism, and the Zapatistas’ autonomism?
    5. Drawing from your analysis, explain your own vision for a new wayof being.

Steps to create the Final Exercise. Please follow all of these steps

      1. Re-read PowerPoint “Marx,”Moodle, Class 3,“Nietzsche,” Class 5, “Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, Class 7, “bell hooks,” Class 8,“Anzaldúa,” Class 9, in Moodle.
      2. Look at your notes and your underlined texts of “The Communist Manifesto,” Class 3, “Thus Spoke…,” Class 5, “Socialism and Man,” Class 7, “Feminism is for Everybody,” Class 8, “La Conciencia…” in Moodle.
      3. Look up terms in “Basic Definitions of Marxist Terminology” –Class 3, “Main Concepts,” Class 5, ‘Definitions of Sexuality and Gender,” and in “Intersectionality 101,” class 8 in Moodle
      4. Have an awesome discussion
      5. Make a eleven-minute long presentation in any of the formats suggested below
      6. Title every submission and include teammates names. The title needs to include your table number.
      7. At the end of class today, please upload your notes, texts, PPs, Spoken Word written text, script for Skits, and notes, images and videos to the Final Project folder in Moodle. Everything needs to be titled (including table number) and include the names of teammates.

Possible Presentation Formats

Spoken Word, Skits, Video and image analysis, Power Point                                                                                                              Other creative formats might also be accepted, previous consultation with facilitators

Presentation Guidelines

Your presentation needs to have an introduction, a body where you draw your argument and present evidence or examples, and a conclusion. We need to hear from all the students in your group.


Thoroughly explain the concepts that will help you present your vision.


Be creative! Here is where you can use pictures, videos, poems, spoken word, or other forms to illustrate, analyze, and share your thoughts. Remember to tie your examples with your author’s concepts or ideas.


Bring it all together. Briefly recap concepts and examples or illustrations to explain how all of the above ties in with your life and vision for a better world.

Grading Rubric

Group Graded: Total
Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary
Quotes from text No quotes used Quotes with little analysis Quotes with some analysis Quotes with full analysis
Clarity of ideas Almost impossible to understand Difficult to understand Failry easy to understand Clear and easy to understand
Quality of Presentation Poor use of resources, boring. Few students present Some use of resources, somewhat boring. Some students present Good use of resources, entertaining. Many students present Great use of resources, impressive. Most to all students present
Length of Presentation Shorter 3 mins, longer 11 mins Between 3-5 mins Between 5-6 Between 6-11


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