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Zeugin-April 2021: Writing Prompts

Your Writing Prompts

Take Home Essay #4

Having read, analyzed, and discussed a number of short stories for our classes, select one of the below writing prompts to write a three to five page argumentative analysis. The essay must be presented in correct MLA format in order to receive a grade.


Option One

In the short story Yellow Woman by Leslie Silko, the cultural context of the legends of Yellow Woman and the Mountain or Ka'tsina Spirit are presumed prerequisites to connecting with the narrator's thoughts and actions.

How does the cultural context of Yellow Woman and Pueblo legend influence interpretations of the narrator's actions and issues of morality? Use evidence from the text of Leslie Silko's story Yellow Woman and evidence from your research on the Pueblo and Navajo legends to uphold your thesis and arguments. Legitimate, credible, outside sources for research on legends should be your only secondary sources and must be cited in keeping with MLA format rules. You should use a minimum of two, to a maximum of four of these sources in your essay. Works Cited must be accurate and in MLA format. Basic course requirements require you to demonstrate the ability to submit papers in correct MLA format, so you should consult your Hacker Handbook to be sure you meet standards needed to pass this course.

Option Two

In Two Kinds we see the cultural effects of immigrant parents raising a child in the United States of America. Here though, we see this through the ideas of Chinese-Americans. Recently the controversial author of Tiger Mom, Amy Chua, has focused a spotlight on Asian-American mothering.

Is the mother in Two Kinds a "Tiger Mom," and would you argue this is a good or bad way to parent children? Use evidence from the text of Amy Tan's story Two Kinds, and evidence from the below-linked articles on Tiger Moms to uphold your thesis and arguments. The below-linked articles from the Wall Street Journal and Slate magazine must be used as your research sources on Tiger Moms, along with one other source you may find on your own. Your secondary sources, which must be cited in keeping with MLA format rules. Basic course requirements require you to demonstrate the ability to submit papers in correct MLA format, so you should consult your Hacker Handbook to be sure you meet standards needed to pass this course.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/05/_tiger_mom_study_shows_the_parenting_method_doesn_t_work.html

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