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Broderick - March 2021: Writing Prompts

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Book review - The Guardian: "‘Although the book is, at times, very upsetting, it is ultimately uplifting and life-affirming." (https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/aug/07/the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-stephen-chbosky-review

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" - Your Writing Prompts

Formal Essay #3 – Argumentative Research Paper

For this research paper, you will explore a topic (argument) of your interest that stems from our reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  In your paper you must develop an argument that incorporates at least two outside sources. Work Cited MUST be included.

Choose one of the following prompts:

Option 1

In the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky makes a number of pop culture references (literature, film, and music) through Charlie, his protagonist.  Write an essay exploring how pop culture may have influenced Chbosky’s writing of Perks.

You may also choose to explore how multiple referenced works collectively informed a specific aspect of the novel.

Option 2

The novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower explores themes such as coming of age, sexuality, drug use, friendship, and tragedy.

Choose one of the themes above (or another you have drawn from the book), locate an outside source of nonfiction from popular culture, whether it be an essay or documentary film, and compare/contrast how each source handles your chosen theme. 

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