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This guide provides students with recommended resources for research in English 110 with Esther Clark.

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Your Assignment

Write an MLA research paper, between 1800-2200 words, on one of the following paper topics using 5 credible library sources.

Here are the lists of possible topics for the two books you read:


  • Police brutality
  • Impact of systemic racism in housing on black American families
  • Disparity of black Americans in prison
  • Bail reform
  • Black neighborhood vs black community
  • Police reform
  • Impact of prison industrial complex on the black family
  • School to prison pipeline
  • War on drugs propaganda to imprison black males
  • Generational trauma
  • Over-sexualization of young black females and males
  • The weaponization of the black male body
  • Anti-black racism in the criminal justice system
  • Social requirements of the black male body


  • Impact of poverty on immigrant or Latino communities
  • Child abuse and trauma
  • Relationship abuse
  • Impact of immigration policies on the family unit
  • Immigration policies in the US
  • Mental health issues
  • Issues concerning health care for immigrant community/family
  • Psychological development of children separated from their parents

OPTIONAL: If you are not interested in any of the topics from your book, you may write a research paper on the negative effects of using technology, more specifically social media. You will still need to do research and find 5 sources that will help develop your ideas. Your primary source will be the docu-drama "The Social Dilemma." The negative consequences highlighted in the movie will be the area in which you will do your research. Students interested in this topic must schedule a short ZOOM conference with the instructor, Esther Clark, to discuss the specifics.

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