Choose one of the following topics and write a 2-3 page essay that strictly follows these guidelines:
Guidelines and Rubrics
The essay and its Works Cited page must be formatted based on MLA documentation rules as stated and explained in Week 1 Resource, MLA Formatting and Style Guide. (10 points)
The essay begins with an outline listing the essay’s thesis statement, its supporting arguments and its examples in the format shown in Sample Outline on a separate page before page 1 of the essay. (10 points)
Original, strong thesis statement in one clearly-stated sentence. (10 points)
Topic sentences that directly support the thesis and start each support paragraph. (10 points)
Well-developed paragraphs each discussing its topic sentence in length and supporting it with at least 2 quotes from 2 different selections of the book. (so if you have 3 support paragraphs, you will end up with at least 6 quotes) (45 points)
Originality, complexity, and creativity of style and rhetoric (10 points)
Interesting and informative essay title (5 points)
Prompts (Choose one):
In an essay, discuss Alexie’s dedication to social awareness in his writing. Include quotes from Alexie’s work to support your assertions. For example, Sherman Alexie begins War Dances with a selection, “The Limited”, that advocates social awareness and hints on social activism. The poem discusses the responsibility we all should assume as members of our community to promote humanity and the responsibility to stop inhumanity. This ideology persists through most his writings and films.
Alexie explores the theme of self-identity in many selections of War Dances and/or his other works. How significant is for Alexie’s characters to know who they are and what their place is in society? Include quotes from Alexie’s work to support your arguments.
Write an essay in which you compare and contrast Alexie’s representations of men and women in his work. In his work, does Alexie assume specific gender roles for men and women? If yes, what are those roles? Include quotes from Alexie’s work to support your arguments.