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English 111 - Menendez: Home

This guide provides search strategies and recommended resources for research in English 111 with Dr. Melissa Mendendez.

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Your Assignment

Essay 2 - Questioning Normalized Culture

You will write an 8-10 page research paper in which you analyze ONE of the poems listed below. You will apply key concepts from any of the secondary sources listed below to provide some sort of theoretical context for your discussion. You will also research relevant historical, cultural, social, and/or political information that seems relevant to help develop your analysis even more. The key question you are attempting to answer is: How does the poem question “normalized culture”?

Required Sources

  • ONE primary source (see list of poems below)
  • ONE secondary source we read (see list below)
  • FOUR credible secondary sources written by scholars or journalists that offer information that helps you to dig deeper into the social, political, and cultural context that the poet may be addressing in the poem (only ONE of these sources can be material found solely on the internet (i.e. websites or web based news media).

Primary Sources (poems)

  • Roger Bonair-Agard, “how do we spell freedom - the weusi alphabeti method”
  • Suheir Hammad,“First Writing Since”
  • Tato Laviera, “Lady Liberty”
  • Karenne Wood, “At Standing Rock”
  • Elisabet Velasquez, “To The Black and Brown Girls Who Go Missing Before They Go Missing”

Secondary Sources

  • Lee Ann Bell, “Theoretical Foundations for Social Justice Education”
  • Critical Race Theory (from Purdue Online Writing Lab website)
  • W.E.B. DuBois, “Of Our Spiritual Strivings”
  • Langston Hughes, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”

This assignment includes several parts:

  • Research Proposal
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Outline
  • First Draft
  • Final Essay

See your assignment instructions for due dates and more information.

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