Armony at Home: The Myth of the Model American Family

Harmony at Home: The Myth of the Model American Family

Sources required to complete this assignment:

a?The Color of Family Tiesa? by Gerstel and Sarkisian

a?An Indian Storya? by Roger Jack

and choose one of the following:

a?Looking for Worka? by Gary Soto

a?Aunt Ida Pieces a Quilta? by Melvin Dixon

Writing Prompt

In a?The Color of Family Ties,a? Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian assert that traditional nuclear families (like the one depicted in Norman Rockwellas Freedom from Fear) are not the only ones capable of supportive relationships and strong family connections. For this essay, you will analyze two untraditional families to discover which family illustrates the most supportive relationships and strongest family ties. Specifically, you will analyze and contrast Roger Jackas family as depicted in a?An Indian Storya? with either the family depicted in Gary Sotoas memoir or Melvin Dixonas poem and argue with textual evidence which of these two unconventional families offers the best illustration of supportive relationships and strong family ties.

Essay Guidelines

Your essay must:

Be 4 pages in length of analytical expository writing (5 with a Works Cited page)

Offer a clear thesis as last sentence of first paragraph

Start subsequent paragraphs with topic sentences

Directly quote at least once from Gerstel and Sarkisianas essay

Directly quote sufficient textual evidence from Jacks essay and from the other selection you have chosen

Explain how these cited passages work as evidence for your claims

End with a Works Cited page


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English 101


This is the text book I for the class:
Rereading America by Colombo et al (anthology; get the 8th Edition)