Solved: Al 1050 Languages of the Pacific

  1. Choose two (2) prompts from the five (5) options on the next two pages.
  2. For each, write about 450-550 words.
  3. Use the guided questions to help you build well-organized paragraphs.
  4. Include specific examples to support your general ideas and opinions.
  5. Use and review any and all of our class readings and well as the videos your watched and supplemental readings you chose.
  6. You do not need a formal academic bibliography. Instead, use shorthand notes like (LOTPI p 10) or (Wayfarers video) to show where you found or reviewed information.
  7. Please, ask questions as you work rather than after you submit the paper:)
  8. Important: Use your own words and writing voice. Why? Because…
  • The prompts are designed to be personal—about your learning, your family, and your friends.
  • Copying and quoting from published sources shows only that you have located information.
  • Paraphrasing (rewriting it in your own words) shows that you understand it.
  • Blackboard has powerful embedded software that makes it easy to detect copied words.
----------------------------------------------------------- To get started: Open a Word-compatible document with your name at the top, and then copy this starter line onto the top of the page: Hi Jean, My midterm writings are below. I chose Questions #___ and ___. If you chose questions 1, 2, or 3, please copy and complete this prompt, too: The friend/family member that I am talking about is… [now use 2-3 sentences to help me see who you are talking about—age, location, relationship to you, language and travel awareness, etc.]. 
  1. Your good friend/relative visits you in Hawai‘i for the first time. He/she is curious about the street names in Honolulu and asks you: “Why are streets names mostly in Hawaiian? Hawaiʻi is part of the United States; why aren’t the street names in English? The names are so hard for visitors to read. And what is that apostrophe for anyway?” Given what you have learned about place names in Hawaiʻi, respond by
  • explaining the history of street naming customs in Hawaiʻi
  • describing the focus for street name categories, including a few examples
  • answering the question, “Why aren’t the street names in English?”
  • enlightening him/her about the connection between place names and the ʻāina.
  • reinforcing the value of maintaining and reviving the use of Hawaiian
To prepare this response, you should review
  • review the article on Hawaiian Street Names
  • review your Schütz textbook pp. 9-22 about the alphabet and spelling
  • read the entry on Hawaiian in Omniglot here
  1. Your good friend/relative from [where?] visits you in Hawai‘i for the first time. (This can be the same friend as in #1.) You take this friend hiking on the Windward side just past Heʻeia State Park. Your friend notices a sign—Heʻeia Ahupuaʻa—and asks you about it. Given what you have learned about ahupuaʻa, respond by…
  2. explaining the origin of ahupuaʻa for pre-contact Hawaiians
  3. noting how & why ahupuaʻa are still relevant today
  4. sharing one or more examples of current ongoing projects to preserve or protect the ʻāina particularly your own participation in or knowledge of such projects
  5. speculating about Hawaiʻi’s future if ahupuaʻa are not sustained
  6. To prepare this response, you should review the Honolulu Magazine article From the Mountain to the Sea about He‘eia Ahupua‘a.
  7. The night before your friend has to leave, you are standing together on the beach looking out at the ocean and up at the stars. Your friend thanks you for sharing a great Hawaiian island experience and teaching them so much, but then asks, “Don’t you sometimes feel very disconnected from the rest of the world? You are so far away from everything and the Pacific Ocean is so big and empty!” Given what you have learned about languages and cultures in the Pacific, respond to your friend by addressing at least four of the following points:
  8. the history of migration, settlement, and contact across the Pacific
  9. the cultural and linguistic diaspora across the Pacific
    1. similarities and differences in languages and cultures across the Pacific
  10. the place of Hawaiian language and culture in the Pacific
  11. the unique challenges and strengths of Pacific Islanders
  12. your own connection to or appreciation of all of the above
You may wish to review our LOTPI text readings, the videos you have watched, and the article about Dr. Jiao (the archeologist),
  1. Show that you are learning about language in the Pacific region by stating five (5) discoveries (including at least two linguistic discoveries) that you have made during the course so far. You might phrase these discoveries with
  • I never knew that… or
  • Before, I thought…, but now I realize…
After identifying each discovery, explain it using your own words, and give examples to illustrate what you have learned. Besides language discoveries, you might discuss geography, history, culture, art, sustainability, or other points of focus. Instead of one your 5 points, you may (if you like) submit a website, video, or reading resource that you have discovered on your own or used in other classes/contexts which you think would be useful for this class. Explain why it should be added.
  1. Propose your own question to “show off” your new learning in the course so far. Show or send your question to Jean to get her approval or suggestions. Then, answer it. Your question should have a language or culture connection to the Pacific and be based on our course readings, videos, postings, and resources. It is fine to include examples and experience from outside the course, but it must also refer to input from the course. Important: you must get approval for your question before you assume it is okay?