Always Running Essay

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. Poetry Connections: Rodriguez explores the impact the streets have had on his life through his non-fiction, novels, poetry and journalism. Explore the recurring themes of Always Running with his poems “Race Politics,” “Watts Bleeds,” and “Mean Streets.” You may choose to include “The Price of Family” and Tupac Shakur’s poetry as well.

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.

You may also choose to use the following texts below in your essay:

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AP English Language Summer Homework

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In order to get you prepared for the APELAC course, you are required to complete two summer assignments. If you fail to come to the first day of class without the work completed, you may be dropped from the course.

Assignment #1 – The Language of Composition

Read and take notes on Chapters 1-3 in The Language of Composition textbook. You will need to get this textbook from Mr. Nittle before the end of school on Thursday, June 4.

You should have a minimum of four full pages of C-notes for Chapter 1, two full pages for chapter 2, and two pages for chapter 3. Therefore, you should come to class with a minimum of 8 full pages of C-Notes. Pay special attention to the rhetorical terms in bold. The definitions to these terms are either embedded in the text, or found in the glossary in the back of the book.

Assignment #2 – Always Running

Read Always Running by Luis Rodriguez. You should complete a 2-paragraph journal for every chapter (Preface + 10 chapters) in the text. In your journal you may reflect on what is happening in the story, your feelings about the characters, questions you have about the story or characters, the writing itself, how you think this text compares to other texts you have read or are reading, or anything else you would like to write about. You will turn in 11 journals on the first day of class. Be prepared to take an AR test on the book at the start of the school year.

If you have any questions, contact Mr. Nittle. Happy summer reading!

AP Language Essay Reading

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Have each section’s reading completed by the due dates marked in parentheses. Expect quizzes, discussions and writing assignments.

Textbook: The Bedford Reader (Eds. Kennedy, Kennedy and Aaron)

A. Women in Dialogue (Fri. 4/4)

  • Alice Walker, “Everyday Use” (267)
  • Fatema Mernissi, “Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” (252)
  • Jessica Cohen, “Grade A: The Market for a Yale Women’s Eggs” (114)
  • Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl” (367)
  • Sandra Cisneros, “Only Daughter” (584)

B. Controversial Topics and Current Events (Mon. 4/7)

  • Anna Quindlen, “Homeless” (198)
  • Brent Staples, “Black Men and Public Space” (208)
  • Roger Rosenblatt, “We Are Free to Be You, Me, Stupid, and Dead” (215)
  • Kathy Pollitt, “What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage?” (548)
  • Charles Colson, “Gay ‘Marriage’: Societal Suicide” (554)
  • Edwidge Danticat, “Not Your Homeland” (572)

C. Race, Culture and Language (Wed. 4/9)

  • Maya Angelou, “Champion of the World” (93)
  • Amy Tan, “Fish Cheeks” (99)
  • Gloria Naylor, “The Meanings of a Word” (488)
  • Christine Leong, “Being a Chink” (494)
  • Dogoberto Glib, “Pride” (505)

D. Dark Humor and Satire (Fri. 4/11)

  • Shirley Jackson: “The Lottery” (123)
  • Sarah Vowell, “Shooting Dad”(154)
  • Robert Benchley, “My Face” (170)
  • Jessica Mitford, “Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain” (308)

Advanced Placement Test Info

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  • Click here for AP Exam Schedule (AP English Literature is May 8, AP English Language is May 9).
  • Click here for AP Exam Information, including Multiple-Choice Questions, Free-Response Questions, Scoring Guidelines, and portfolio samples for AP Studio Art.

See Ms. Vargas for more information about the AP Exams. Start studying!