Final Research Paper

Research Paper (Due on Friday 6/8 by email  rroblesmejias@lagcc.cuny.edu ) Steps Start by choosing a topic. Then narrow your topic in the form of a question. Draft a central claim or thesis statement. Do the research: at least two sources, one academic -books, journals, peer review publication- and one from the internet  (For more information, …

Melissa Lozada Oliva: Peluda

Midterm Research Paper Achievements .Diverse and relevant topics .Resourceful research: a variety of disciplines .Analysis on point .Engaged (and engaging) readings   Challenges .The extension (5 pages) .Excessive spaces .Integrating secondary sources .Understanding the goals of a LITERARY argumentative essay: to analyze a literary piece (not an opinion piece; not a sociological exposition) .MLA Style …

Junot Díaz: How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl and Halfie & Alma

The Dominican Republic and New Jersey as “elsewhere.”  19:30-24:35 Class Activity Find and discuss any section of the story that could prove the following arguments. “How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, and Halfie”  .With this story, Junot Díaz is trying to make the reader aware of the connections between race, ethnicity and socio-economic class …

Junot Díaz: Fiesta, 1980

Junot Díaz In His Own Words   “Fiesta, 1980” Every voice counts: group discussion The three two pages of “Fiesta, 1980” allows the reader to get a glimpse of Yunior’s family dynamic and where are the characters standing at this point in their life’s story. Expand. (23-5) How would you describe Yunior’s dad? What effect …

Junot Díaz: Aguantando & Watching Spider Man in Santo Domingo

Historical Context U.S. Intervention & Dominican Migration, New Jersey’s Afro-Latino Suburbs Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a …

Pedro Pietri & The Masses Are Asses (Pages 56-79)

Intermission From Monday A poet reflects on the heaviness of city life, scarcity, the mental health of Latinos living in poverty and the lack of representation in the publishing industry. Have you wanted to leave the city, why?   Revising “Puerto Rican Obituary” (Pages 4-7) PedroPietriSelectedPoetryExcerptCL   The Masses Are Asses Groups of five people …

Pedro Pietri & The Masses are Asses (Pages 27-55)

“Beware of Signs”– Performance Poetry Trying to replicate the speech of a con salesman, in this poem, Pietri presents how Latino people that are not fluent in English are at times fooled with rigged offers at department stores. Thinking they got a good deal, the clients end up with unpayable debts. PedroPietriSelectedPoetryExcerptCL   The Masses …

Pedro Pietri & The Masses Are Asses (Pages 1-26)

Pedro Pietri Pietri was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. However, his family moved to New York City in 1947, when he was only three years old. They settled on the west side (Manhattanville) section of Manhattan. Pedro was greatly influenced by his aunt, who often recited poetry and on occasions put on theatrical plays in …

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