Congratulations ALC Graduates! So proud of you all!
Great job to the School of Rock at the AAAJ Family Empowerment Festival this past weekend at CSULA. Shout out to Andy, Allen, Oswaldo, Marvin, Michael and Silva! Keep on rockin…
Writing Prompt: The short stories, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin, and the film Gattaca (1997) present seemingly perfect worlds that hide injustice under the surface. Societies sacrifice the joy of the individual for the benefit of all. What can we as readers learn from these stories about our own world? In at least a five-paragraph essay, describe a central theme (lesson, moral) in at least one of the stories. Include textual evidence to support your ideas. What lessons can we apply to our world today?
- 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.
Texts and Online Resources:
- “Harrison Bergeron” (Kurt Vonnegut)
- “The ones who walk away from Omelas” (Ursula K. Le Guin)
- “The Child In the Basement” (David Brooks, The New York Times)
- “Fear” (Gary Soto)
- Gattaca (IMDB, 1997)
- “Four Freedoms Speech” (Roosevelt)
- Inaugural Address (Kennedy)
- “Speech at the United Nations” (Malala Yousafzai)
- “The Censors” (Luisa Valenzuela)
- “Misrule of Law” (Aung San Suu Kyi)
- “Credo: What I Believe” (Neil Gaiman)
- “How to recognize a dystopia” (TED-Ed, Youtube)
- “2081” (YouTube)
- “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omegas, a film adaptation” (YouTube)
Handouts and Resources:
- Dystopian Worlds Essay Criteria
- Dystopian Worlds Tree Map
- Dystopian Worlds Presentation Handout
- MLA Typing Guidelines
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, participate in the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Untold Civil Rights Stories Writing Contest! Submit your completed work here. Official rules here.
- In times of war, how would you safeguard civil liberties while maintaining national security?
- What was the government’s reasoning behind the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II?
- How did the Japanese American community respond to the internment order?
- How did the September 11th attacks affect Americans’ views of Asian Americans?
- How should we move forward? What can we do to prevent future incidents like this?
- “One Man Seeks Justice from a Nation: Korematsu v. United States” (Eric Yamamoto, Dale Minami & May Lee Heye, AAAJ-LA)
- “Korematsu Day Background” (PowerPoint)
- “Remembering the No-No Boys” (Nadra Kareem Nittle, About.com)
- “Silence…No More” (Kiku Funabiki, AAAJ-LA)
- “Who Took the Rap? A Call to Action” (Russell Leong, AAAJ-LA)
- “Why Children Did Not Knock at My Door on Halloween This Year” (Ifti Nasim, AAAJ-LA)
- “After Word: September 11, 2001” (Russell Leong, AAAJ-LA)
- Transcript of Executive Order 9066: Resulting in the Relocation of Japanese (1942)
Online Video Resources: