Rhetorical Analysis Essay Prompt - The American Dream

Rhetorical Analysis Essay Prompt - The American Dream
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An essay prompt for rhetorical analysis. The topic is The American Dream as it is defined by James Truslow Adams in The Epic of America (1931) and asks students to analyze Richard Wright's message about it based on a metaphor in Native Son (1941).

This would work well as a pairing with The Great Gatsby, A Raisin in the Sun, of Mice and Men, In Cold Blood, To Kill a Mockingbird or any other anchor text that has messages about potential for opportunity, dreams and the struggle to realize them, or social injustice in the 20th century.

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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.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
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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