Documents & Links for the Spring 2019 English 1A class
TRIBE essay prompt:
Write a substantial essay summarizing your understanding of author Sebastian Junger’s book, and ‘discussing’ aspects of American life that you and/or Junger think could be improved if they were based on more “tribal” values and ways of organizing our society.
— These improvement ideas might include changes in laws, customs, cultural practices, individual choices and behaviors, or other moves.
— Please note: You don’t need to agree with Junger — or the instructor, or your classmates; but you will need to show that you have an accurate comprehension of Junger’s critique and suggestions, and it would be good to consider and respond to some of the ideas we have discussed in class as we read the book.
Quote from the book in at least three different paragraphs, using ‘Quoteburger’ framing and properly citing the quoted text.
Include at the end of your essay a proper Work(s) Cited entry for Junger’s book, as well as any other texts you refer to in your essay. (The instructor will make this as easy as can be, with an overview of citation form and at least one resource that you can copy and paste into your document.)
Suggested length of the draft: Five paragraphs, 2-3 pages
Junger, Sebastian. TRIBE: On Homecoming and Belonging. Hatchett Book Group, New York, NY. 2016. Print.
Moore, Michael. Where to Invade Next? Sony Pictures Classic. 2016. Documentary film.
[Other texts would be listed, by author, etc., in alphabetical order by LAST NAMES.]
Prompt for Essay 2:
What’s the Deal with the ‘Green New Deal’?
The Mission: Develop a strong understanding of the proposed ‘Green New Deal’, and develop and present — in writing, and possibly in a presentation — your recommended action(s) regarding this proposal.
Students will be assigned the following steps during the month of March:
- Read (and watch/listen to) several texts assigned by the instructor, as well as finding other relevant texts to satisfy your curiosity and inquiry interests*;
- Build, as you go, a list of the texts you are taking on, with brief summaries and evaluative notes. This list will comprise an ‘Annotated Bibliography’ (academic nickname ‘Ann Bib’), which will serve you well during your research and writing process!
- Write a research-inclusive essay expressing both your understanding of what the Green New Deal would include, and your recommendation(s) for action to be taken by you, by the U.S. Congress, and/or by other people in this class and in your community.
*A research orientation will assist students with gaining access to some texts that are not available to the general public — but mass-consumable texts are very valuable, too!
Points-of-Inquiry — Questions developed in class
How would we generate the financial resources to execute the GND?
How will we pay for the GND – Deeper deficit?
How can we generate the resources to support the GND?
Will the GND help with our current debt problem? –How?
How long will the GND take to enact? What process does this entail?
Is 2030 a little too soon? What is the timetable for energy transition – and is it realistic?
How can we proceed with the GND while having a President with opposing ideals?
Will the GND create new jobs for the working class? If so, how many?
Will new jobs be easily accessible to those without a higher education?
How will the GND help people of color?
Is there any connection between the Green New Deal and the movements to ‘reform’ policing & mass-incarceration?
Will workers such as coal miners get first opportunities at new energy jobs?
How will companies & corporations be held accountable for their environmental impact?
Is there any part of the GND that the ‘right’ and ‘left’ can agree on?
How can the GND affect both rich and poor communities if they are in the same rate level?*
(*This question is not clear enough to understand – it will need to be revised and clarified.)
Are the technologies for the energy transition already available to be used if the GND gets accepted?