Walkout Essay

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Writing Prompt: Is walking out of school to protest a powerful or pointless exercise? Do students have a right to express their beliefs this way? How much responsibility and control do schools have in this situation? Write a strong persuasive essay, arguing one side of the debate about student protests. Back up your ideas with specific textual details from articles, videos, and research.

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Always Running Essay

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Always Running

Writing Prompts:

  1. Code of the Streets: How is Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets” connected to Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running? How is “The Code” a guide to the Rodriguez’s choices in East Los Angeles? What are the causes/effects and possible solutions for gang-affiliated youth in Los Angeles? Write a synthesis essay including evidence from both texts.
  2. The Chicano Movement: What does Luis Rodriguez’s memoir Always Running reveal about the transformative nature of the Chicano Movement on young Latinos in the 1960s and 1970s? Discuss his memoir, the film Walkout, and Rodolfo Corky Gonzales’s poem “I am Joaquin,” as you explore the impact of the Chicano Movement.
  3. Texts in Conversation: Luis Rodriguez, Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur: In his writing, Rodriguez explores the impact the streets have had on his life. Explore the recurring themes of Always Running, the Autobiography of Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur’s poetry. You may also choose to include additional texts by Rodriguez: “The Price of Family,” “Race Politics,” “Watts Bleeds,” and “Mean Streets.”

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Creativity and sentence variety.
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.

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Parenting Essay

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Essay Writing Prompt: How much freedom and supervision should parents give their children? Are parents today too overprotective? Or is “free range” parenting a kind of neglect? Explain why. Write an argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the articles: “Are Modern Kids Coddled?” (Newsweek) and “Kids Solo Playtime” (NPR). Also refer to our class text, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

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