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– You MUST choose one of these three options as the focus of your writing
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– You MUST choose one of these three options as the focus of your writing
- You MUST choose one of these three options as the focus of your writing project. You MAY NOT, however, use any of the following texts as your primary texts for Writing Project 3: "This Is America" (by Childish Gambino) Captain America (comic book/graphic novel and film) Fight Club (novel and film) The Hunger Games trilogy (novels and films) The Help (novel and film) The Great Gatsby (novel and film) 9/11 United 93 World Trade Center The Pursuit of Happyness (book and film) To Kill a Mockingbird (novel and film) Of Mice and Men (novel and film) Gone with the Wind (novel and film) Forest Gump (novel and film) The Wolf of Wall Street (book and film) Romeo + Juliet Hidden Figures (book and film) Green Book (book and film) The Godfather (novel and film) Goodfellas (book and film) - Keep in mind that you should show some initiative and choose your topic. Note that I'm a teacher who values student initiative and originality when it comes to choosing topics. If you choose primary texts such as television shows or films, you MUST watch SPECIFIC episodes and/or the films with an analytical eye in the coming weeks. DO NOT rely on your memory or a general discussion of an entire television series or film in your essay. Your analysis and examples MUST be very specific to fully illustrate, support, and/or develop your ideas. Whichever option you choose from the list below, here are some questions that can help guide you as you analyze your primary texts: --How do the depictions of the American identity/experience differ in each primary text? --How are the depictions of the American identity/experience similar? --Who is the intended audience? --What points do the primary texts make about the American identity/experience? --Do the texts rely on almost mythic ideas of the American identity/experience? --Do the texts utilize symbols or motifs or stereotypes (class, race, ethnicity, gender)? --What messages—implicit or explicit, accurate or not so accurate—do the texts produce or promote concerning the American identity/experience? --What language and/or visual images are incorporated into the texts and for what effect? --Do the texts convey a negative image and criticize what America or Americans stand for? --Is such a criticism valid and what is its source? - Option 3 - Choose two films/television shows (NO DOCUMENTARIES or REALITY SHOWS) that depict the same historical event, social issue, or segment of American culture and analyze and discuss how the films/television shows depict the American identity. For instance, you could compare an episode of WandaVision to an episode of Modern Family to compare how both shows depict the concept of family in America. NOTE: If you choose a television show as one or both of your primary texts, you MUST focus your analysis on one specific episode (or two specific episodes, if you choose to compare two television shows). It will be your job to analyze, evaluate, and reflect on the possible meanings, intended or not intended, in both of the primary texts that you choose. Specific details from the primary texts are essential to support your claim and information taken from secondary sources offers insight into the texts. Your secondary sources should consist of literary criticism specifically on the texts, as well as information related to the primary texts or themes related to the American identity as depicted in films and/or on television. The secondary sources should not consist of plot summaries. - The secondary sources you include in your essay MUST be the 6 - 8 secondary sources you included in your Annotated Bibliography for Writing Project 2. Any new secondary sources that you may want to include in your essay must be approved by me and must be annotated by you.

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