"American Dream" Media Analysis Journals

"American Dream" Media Analysis Journals
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“The American Dream is still alive out there, and hard work will get you there." — Bill Rancic, entrepreneur

“For many, the American dream has become a nightmare.” — Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator

For this assignment, students maintain a journal analyzing the way the American Dream is portrayed in our culture and media. In these journals, they must use textual evidence (from a variety of texts, including novels, videos, and social media posts) to support analyses. This assignment tests skills in analysis, writing, and digital/media literacy.

This is an excellent assignment for an American Literature or American History course. While it was created for 11th grade American Literature, it is appropriate for any middle or high school class.

***PDF file included. If you need the DOCX file to make edits, you can Ask a Question on my page.

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Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
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