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.
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.
Political Activism:What does Luis Rodriguez’s memoir Always Running reveal about the way Latinos transformed their minds and their lives? Discuss Always Running, the film Walkout, Rodolfo Corky Gonzales’s poem “I am Joaquin,” and the film Precious Knowledge as you explore how Latinos can remove the “shackles” from their minds.
Persuasive Essay Writing Prompt: Should the LAPD institute a gang injunction for gangs in the Echo Park area? Why/Why not? Do you think this would be effective tool in stopping gang activity in the city? Does this violate peoples’ civil rights? Write a argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the following articles/videos. You may also refer to our class texts, Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running and Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets.”