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As George Lipsitz argues, “Questions of culture are also questions of politics.” Accordingly, we need to better “understand the role of culture in struggles over resources and power, as well as the importance of power in the construction of cultural images.”
•What is the relationship between the popular cultural production of Chicanos and Chicanas and their struggle for equal opportunity and empowerment vis-à-vis U.S. society, and within the Chicano community?
Answer the above question by constructing a clear thesis. The thesis equals your main claim or assertion, along with supporting claims that make the overall argument persuasive. To substantiate your argument and defend your position, you must engage with a wide range of the required readings.
Compose an effective essay by supporting your argument with the evidence presented in the class materials, balancing your analysis and your voice with a mix of interwoven key quotes and paraphrasing. There is no minimum or maximum quota for how many required course readings you must incorporate; however, the best essays engage with a wide range of respective readings, placing the authors in dialogue. Similarly, address each component of the question.
Brainstorm and outline your midterm essay by choosing which points, paraphrases, and quotes from which readings you will use as evidence to support your argument, and in which order. There is no “correct” answer to the question. You do not have to agree with the required authors, but you must address their theoretical concepts and analytical assertions. You may counter or dispute the authors’ claims to advance your argument, back up your point of view, or make an original point. Not in lieu of the readings; you may not use block quotes or any outside sources.
To answer the paper question, it may be helpful to consider: ethnicity; race; class; gender; politics; language; pocho/pocha; rasquachismo/rasquache; values; political generations; nepantla; Aztlán; internal colonialism; Chicanismo; Chicana feminism.
More anaysis less rewording and clear thesis
*Use the grading rubric on the next page as a general guideline.
Technical Requirements, Formatting Directions:
Each reading must be cited in an endnote (at the end of the body of the text, not at the bottom of each page), ordered sequentially using Arabic numerals. Use Chicago Style (no parenthetical citations after sentences, and no bibliography/works cited/references page). Endnote citations must include the author’s last name, and the title and page number of the source (article or book chapter); identify films by their titles and presentations by their date. Papers must be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and double-spaced with one- inch margins on all sides of each page. Papers must have a separate title page with an original paper title and subtitle, your name, and course number. Each page must be numbered except title page, and papers must be stapled. No binders or folders. Including too many distracting typographical, grammatical, organizational, and/or formatting errors will lower your grade, as will failing to follow these instructions.
•Papers must be 4 pages in length
Paper shows sustained engagement with the topic and consistent response to the assignment; Completely answers the question.
Thesis is sound (i.e.; accurate, thorough, substantial, forceful, strong, solidly constructed, based on reasoning). Thesis is logical, focused, and specific (avoids generalizations).
Argument (claim) is clearly explained.
Paper is thoughtfully organized and structured.
There is an introduction, body, and conclusion, followed by endnotes.
Introductory paragraph states the argument, succinctly foreshadows the essay content, and contextualizes the analysis. There are topic and transition sentences.
Paper organization represents a clear strategy for persuasion.
Paper does not digress from central point—all material is relevant to supporting thesis.
Arguments are lucid and consistently supported with evidence (text citations); Position is defended well.
The central idea is developed through wisely chosen, appropriate, concrete details, persuasive points, and insightful examples. Quotes deepen the paper discussion and are set-up/introduced and incorporated seamlessly.
The reader can follow the construction of argument (chronological or sequential order, thematic grouping, comparison/contrast, etc.). Argumentation guides the reader and propels the narrative forward.
Paragraphs are organized, unified, and coherent—they each have a controlling idea to help further the thesis.
Paragraphs flow smoothly together with effective transitions, and the paper presents a cohesive perspective.
Each part of the essay builds upon the next to illuminate logical connections, implications, and relationships.
Concluding paragraph is satisfying and convincing—brings all of the paper content together and “clinches” the argument.
Tight, powerful conclusion ties together related strands developed in the body of the essay.
CONTENT/ MASTERY OF IDEAS
Demonstrates proficiency in understanding by applying key concepts and relevant class material.
Displays theoretical depth by unpacking complex ideas.
Demonstrates the link between evidence and argument (explains the significance of evidence to claims and/or thesis). Paper contains more analysis than description and summary (shows rather than merely tells).
Paper demonstrates excellent secondary research skills: comparison, contrast, and synthesis.
Avoids conversational/colloquial tone, offensive language, and excessive or unnecessary jargon.
Avoids deterministic language- words such as always, never, the only.
Avoids passive voice (“to be” verbs), and tentative statements such as “We might find” and “It could be argued.” Avoids vague, unclear, repetitive, wordy, or awkward phrasing.
Sentences evince variety of pattern and are rhetorically effective; Pacing is brisk.
Prose is fresh, vigorous, concise, and precise.
No typographical, grammatical, or spelling errors.
No run-on or incomplete sentences.
Paper uses consistent verb tense and proper diction/word choice.
Sources cited correctly, endnotes formatted correctly, and paper contains sufficient number of references.
Uses correct font and size, one-inch margins, spacing, pagination.
Paper includes title page with title, subtitle, student name, and course number.
Meets, but does not exceed page requirement.