Culture and Identity
This is the exact prompt for this research paper:
Margret Mead writes in Coming of Age in Samoa that ” Knowledge of [another] culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” Write a research essay that discuss how learning about another culture would enhance one’s ability to critique and appreciate one’s own culture and identity.
-Use The short story,”Desiree Baby” by Kate Chopin as a major source for the essay, and use three other academic sources to support the idea.
To explain the prompt, The essay should talk about how it is important for a person to embrace his/her culture and roots to acquire their true identity, and in doing so function well in society.
1. introduction: it must has a hook,summary of the short story “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin (2-3 lines), and the thesis statement.
2. Four body paragraphs, all of them have the same structure:
*Topic sentence( First reason why it is important for people to
embrace their culture and to construct their identity).
*Evidence/support (quotations from “Desiree Baby” and secondary
sources: at least one from “Desiree Baby” and two from
– Do the same for the next three body paragraphs.
3.Conclusion: sum up; insight drawn from readings; optional recommendations.
4. works cited.
The major source For this essay is
Chopin, Kate. “Desiree’s Baby.” Exploring Literature. Ed. Frank Madden. Boston: Pearson, 2012. 1168-1169. Print.
-You can use these secondary sources if you find them relate to the essay. If not, you can choose any other sources, but they have to be three or more, and they have to be academic texts
These are the three texts:
1.Taylor, Helen. Gender, race, and region in the writings of Grace King, Ruth McEnery Stuart, and Kate Chopin. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1989.
2.Schneider, Patricia. “The Genetics And Evolution Of Human Skin Color.” Journal Of College Science Teaching 34.2 (2004): 20-24.Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.
3.Cruz, Barbara C., and James A. Duplass. “Making Sense Of “Race” In The History Classroom: A Literary Approach.” History Teacher42.4 (2009): 425-440. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.