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. 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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Los Angeles River Essay

lariverWriting Prompt: Like the city that shares its name, the Los Angeles River has a very tortured and complicated history. One writer, Jenny Price, calls it an “outsize concrete sewer…most famous for being forgotten.” Write a persuasive essay about how the city of Los Angeles should handle the future of its river. Back up your argument with specific evidence. Include cited evidence from the Los Angeles Times articles and other online resources. Online resources:

Winter Break AR Book Review

winter readingFinished Book Reviews Due: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014!

Students must complete an Accelerated Reader Book Review on a book you’ve read independently outside of class.  Book reviews must include the following criteria to receive a “4” on the rubric (100 points total).

1. A creative cover page with a hand-drawn picture/illustration of the most important scene in the book (the climax).

2. 5-paragraph book review must answer these questions:

  • How many stars (out of five) does this book receive and why?
  • Describe the protagonist (positive major character) and the antagonist (negative major character).
  • Describe the conflict in the novel. (Internal or External) (Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Technology, Man vs. Society, or Man vs. Self)
  • Describe one theme and show how the author teaches that message throughout the novel.  What details help to show you that theme?
  • Would you recommend it to another student? Why/Why not? Who is the audience for this book?

3. Must be typed, according to MLA Typing Guidelines (12 point, Times New Roman, double spaced, black ink).

4. Return signed Book Review sheet with finished book review (10 points).

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Heart of Darkness “Lens” Assignment

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

AP English Literature Essay Assignment

Essay Assignment:

  • Choose one of the “lenses” of literary theory.
  • Write a critical essay about Conrad’s text, Heart of Darkness, through the “lens” of a literary critic.
  • Include specific textual evidence to prove your assertion.
  • Use MLA Format for citations and typing guidelines. Avoid plagiarism!
  • One page typed, double spaced, maximum.

Due Thursday, September 12, 2013!

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