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American Dreams Assignment #2: Comparative Analysis

Citizens and elected officials have given speeches that have not only expressed values that relate to American Dreams, but that have moved people to reevaluate their beliefs and actions. We have read, listened to, and viewed several speeches about American

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Beauty assignment #3: Thematic Analysis

What cultural forces or sources shape our views about beauty? How have ideals of beauty been passed down, rejected, created, and altered? Choose two texts that share a subject or object of aesthetic evaluation (women, youth, wealth, etc.). Develop an

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Cultural Identity Assignment #2: Family History Case Study

Family histories are often connected to larger historical events or social movements in unexpected ways. For example, the writer Malcolm Gladwell’s great-great grandparents participated in the Australian gold rush while the poet Peter Balakian’s grandmother escaped persecution in Turkey. Your

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Food Assignment #3: Close Reading and Critique

Michael Pollan’s famous advice is often distilled into seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Yet the details of his “manifesto” have received a lot of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. Many community activists point

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Higher Education Assignment #1: What is “Cultural Literacy”?

E.D. Hirsch, Donaldo Macedo, and James Loewen each have emphatic opinions about the advantages, drawbacks, and blindspots inherent in the relationship between history, culture, and literacy in America. Using Hirsch’s discussion of “cultural literacy” as a starting point, describe how

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Literacy and Language Assignment #2: The Self in Society

“An autobiographical account, despite its subjectivity, provides an important record of events the author has responded to—in short, what has shaped him or her as a social being,” Keith Gilyard writes in his introduction to Voices of the Self. In

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NYC: Assignment #2: Interpreting New York City through Literature and Film

Make a comparative analysis of how a short story and a film that are set in New York City are influenced by the city’s setting and explore that setting through different media. Audience: Members of the class who have read

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The Planet Assignment #2: Man Against Nature

Depictions of the relationship between humans and the natural environment often take the form of antagonistic battles to the death. As we have discussed in class, writers make choices in imagining and constructing these relationships that go beyond the simple

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Reading Film Assignment #1: Diagramming Difference

Some of your fellow Queens College students want to start a film club, but they need approval from three professors in the English Department. Since you are equally interested in film and writing, these professors have turned to you for

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Visual World Assignment #2: Analysis: Comics and Public Events

In this essay, you will compare representations of public events in comics and in traditional journalistic writing. Your task is to present an argument for the effectiveness of one medium over another in representing the event based on analysis of

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Writing Religion Assignment #1: Defining Terms

What is “religion,” anyway?  As we’ve discussed and seen in our readings, there are many conflicting definitions of “religion” currently in use: some see it as a set of guiding rules to be obeyed, others as a personal relationship with

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Higher Ed Assignment 1: What is “Cultural Literacy”?

E.D. Hirsch, Donaldo Macedo, and James Loewen each have emphatic opinions about the advantages, drawbacks, and blindspots inherent in the relationship between history, culture, and literacy in America. Using Hirsch’s discussion of “cultural literacy” as a starting point, describe how

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