Quick Write

In your own words, what is the American Dream?

Journal Notes

Refresher for the journals. Make sure you are summarizing and responding in your journals. I have been getting some lately with only summary. These are meant to help you with writing. These are low stakes writing assignments where you read critically and write trying to apply the lessons you have been learning. 

Make sure to write two paragraphs and meet the length requirement: 1 page or 250 words. Either hand in using MLA format or email it to me. Copy and paste the journal into the email, do not send attachments please. 

  1. Summarize a point. Also, we have gone over quoting, make sure to include a quote in your summary that you want to respond to.
  2. Analyze the point. Add something to the conversation.

The American Dream

10 Minutes. In small groups, research the American dream. Find reliable sources that provide background and evidence to support the idea.

Write a short paragraph with the definition and evidence. Cite your sources. Comment below. 

A Nation of Immigrants?

Nation of immigrants? According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, not so much.” Feb 22, 2018, keywords removed from the mission statement of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).

We are erasing our past by removing what we don’t like. Why would they do this? 

A Nation of Nations

from Preface to 1855 Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass is Walt Whitman’s book of poetry, first published in 1855. 

The Americans of all nations at any time upon the earth have probably the fullest poetical nature. The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem (1009).

Walt Whitman is the great visionary. He was the first person to say America is the greatest nation. this is where the idea of American Exceptionalism originated.

Here is not merely a nation but a teeming nation of nations (1010).

What makes us great is that we are made up of immigrants from many nations. We come together to create something the world has never seen. We are a growing and evolving nation unlike every other nation. According to Whitman, this is what makes us the greatest nation.

. . . but the genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, not in its ambassadors or authors or colleges or churches or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors . . . but always most in the common people (1010).

The everyday common people are what makes us great. Not the leaders or the rich but everyone. 

Lyndon B. Johnson

John F. Kennedy

Holden Raises Hell

Have you ever read the Catcher in the Rye

What did you notice about the Gish Jen article, “Holden Raises Hell” (904)?

Photographs as Literary Texts

Image Source

Write for 2 minutes on this photo.

  • What do you notice? List concrete details.
  • How does it make you feel? What emotions are displayed?
  • What is going on in the photo? Where was this taken? Take a guess at the context.

Images can be read just like any other text. 

Your turn to find a documentary image that is deserving of analysis and adds to your essay. 

Quick Write

What image did you choose and why?