Using Larry Lehna’s essay “The Look” (224-228),choose an experience from your ow
Using Larry Lehna’s essay “The Look” (224-228),choose an experience from your own life that sheds light on a social, political, cultural, or economic issue. Perhaps you were bullied in middle school, for instance—a deeply personal experience that has broader significance. Write a narrative essay in which you bring your own experience to life while also making the broader significance clear.
Dana Canedy (p. 870-874)- At some time in our lives, we have all had a run-in with some form of an authority figure. In what ways did your skin color, gender, stature, dress, or other factors in how you look or present yourself affect that encounter? Did any characteristics work in favor or against you—and if so, how? Write a narrative essay of this encounter as you remember it, reflecting in particular on how your physical presence affects your life.
Conner Coyne’s “Bathtime” (p. 219-223) tells a story about the nostalgia of moving back home to what is familiar to him. He desires to raise his family in a place where he knows all of the rules: Flint, Michigan. Conner does a superb job of making an emotional appeal to the reader. His account is about fatherhood as much as it is about his daughter’s bathtime. His story could be told from a different perspective and completely alter the meaning of the story. Write a narrative in which you, like Coyne, tell a story about an event you experienced with someone else but learned that you saw it from a different perspective than the other person. Tell it from your perspective. Think about what point you can make through the retelling of this story, how you will make your own point clear, and how you will frame and retell the story to effectively convey this point. Fahrenheit 11/9 highlights the Flint Water Crisis and can be viewed as a supplemental aid.
Read Dennis Baron’s What’s Your Pronoun? (p. 846-852Most people (maybe including you, too) have strong feelings about their language(s) and how they should (or shouldn’t) be spoken or written. English speakers may have adamant opinions about singular they, or ya’ll, or whether a carbonated soft drink is called pop or soda. or something else entirely. Why do you think people care so much? Might they be overreacting? Why or why not? Write an essay that addresses these questions and explains your responses.
Word Count: No fewer than 800 words, no more than 1200 words. Any essay that has a word count of less than 600 words will not receive a grade of more than 50%. Any essay that has a word count of over 1200 words will receive a 10% deduction.