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.
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.
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.”