“Salvation” by Langston Hughes p. 343
“On Going Home” by Joan Didion, p. 635
“It’s Hard Enough Being Me” by Anna Lisa Raya, p. 1112
“The Opposite Sex” by Seven Dorloff, p. 741
“Hookups Starve the Soul” Laura Vanderkam, p. 345
“About Men” by Gretel Ehrlich, p. 743
“A Conflict of Interest” by Zora Neale Hurston, p. 1293
“Persian Letters” by Montesquieu, p. 638
“Wal-Mart Orientation Program” by Barbara Ehrenreich, [url removed, login to view]
STEP 2: WRITE:
• Select one of the pieces above. Other selections are available in the text if none of these interest you. Read the background author data and note the date the essay was published.
• Determine the message/opinion expressed in the essay. Is the date relevant to the message in terms of the timing in history or cultural norms? In the years since publication, has anything changed?
• How does considering the time frame, educational experiences of the people involved, or social attitudes influence the message of the essay or your reaction/interpretation of this message?
• Do you agree with the author? Be sure to include why the essay was or was not effective.
• What elements/evidence worked or did not work in your opinion? Include quoted passages from the essays and examples/details offered in the essay to defend your opinion.
• You will need a works cited page for your essay and remember to include two drafts with your final. (100 pts)
STEP 3: Integrate pieces of your research of the African American experience in the early 20th century into your analysis of the essay. Consider how your research of this time period, 1900-1940, and the black authors enhanced your understanding of the selection. (25pts)
ONLY ONE ESSAY DUE…EXTRA POINTS ARE OFFERED FOR USING RESEARCH CONTENT.