Question Description

Essay Prompt:

  1. Have you ever been discriminated against based on your race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or appearance (lookism)?
  2. Compare and contrast yourself to the people from this week’s readings, compare characters from the readings to each other, or do both. Ultimately, the essay’s thesis will let me know what direction your essay will be headed. The thesis will be the road map for the entire essay.
  3. In your body paragraphs, you may want to describe an incident from one of the readings and use an in-text citation and then compare or contrast that incident to yourself. This is using a point-by-point format for completing this essay. This is the way I would do it, but this is just a suggestion. You can write in any way or structure you would like.

Requirements:

  1. This paper must be at least 4-7 pages in length or at least 1000 words. This does not include the Works Cited page.
  2. Include at least four in-text citations. At least three should come from different sources. Of these three sources, at least two of them must come from the four readings below. You may use outside sources, but, again, at least two of them must come from the assigned readings below.
  3. Follow the MLA format for heading and title. No running header is required.Readings:
    1. Brent Staples, “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space” from Patterns begins on page 233.
    2. Deborah L. Rhode, “Why Looks Are the Last Bastion of Discrimination” from Patterns begins on page 239.
    3. Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria” from Patterns begins on page 225.
    4. Angelou, Maya, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Use any of the chapters from the novel that you have read so far.
    5. Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Use any of the chapters from the novel that you have read so far.

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