For this essay, you will need to choose one of the three texts below and connect the themes of the text to something contemporary. Firstly, you will need to write an introduction in which you give the main ideas of the text or perhaps a history of the particular topic discussed by the author. This introduction should build to your thesis, which should make a statement about the main idea of the chosen story, and how this main idea ties in with 21st century American society. Secondly, you will need to write two to three body paragraphs, each of which begins with a strong, specific topic sentence. It might make sense to have one paragraph in which you specify exactly what the main idea of the story is. The subsequent paragraph could function as the discussion of how the ideas of the text are relevant to America today. Try to use specific examples, either from the news or personal experiences. If you use personal experiences, try not to use first person in the paper. Thirdly, you will need to write a conclusion that both restates what you have said throughout the paper, and also offers suggestions for alleviating problems raised by the issues in these stories.
There should be a total of at least four paragraphs in your essay and the thesis should be the last sentence of your first paragraph. The thesis should have two to three clear points, each of which relates specifically to one of your body paragraphs. Failure to follow this simple format will result in the deduction of a letter grade.
IN ADDITION, YOU MUST USE 2-3 QUOTES FROM THE TEXT IN EACH BODY PARAGRAPH. Choose parts of the text that support your points.
Paragraph #1: Intro and thesis
Paragraph #2: Discussion of the main idea of the story
Paragraph #3: Your own original example that connects with the theme of the text
Paragraph #4: Conclusion
“How the Western was Lost,”
“The Offensive Movie Cliché that Won’t Die,”
“Hollywood’s Post-Racial Mirage,”
“The Shock of Education,”
For this assignment, I will be looking at grammar, punctuation, coherence, diction, organization, and the amount of support you place within your essay. The essay should be seamless, with a logical order of ideas and supporting evidence. This also means that your work should be free of awkward sentences and grammatical errors.
please choose a text that is stated above and use direct quotes!!!!!!!!!!