Analytical Essay

Due in class on Wednesday, March 7, 100 points

Three to Five Pages, Printed Out and Stapled

In this essay you will relate one or more course texts to a topic that you have developed in this class. I have already given you feedback and specific instructions for your topic, and you should already have completed some of the background research for your topic. 

Here is an example essay topic. In the excerpt from America is in the Heart in the course reader Carlos Bulosan refers to a specific case, Roldan v United States. This case, as far as I know, does not exist, but a case named Roldan v Los Angeles County seems to match the case described in the novel. This case has historical significance because it is an example of an anti-miscegenation law. Unfortunately, the Wikipedia article for Roldan v Los Angeles County is very brief, and the Wikipedia article on anti-miscegenation laws does not mention Roldan v Los Angeles County. To write about this topic you would have to do additional research and find additional sources. You could start by doing a google search with the terms "Asian," "American," "Anti-Miscegenation," and "Laws."

An essay about this topic would consist of just a few headings, each consisting of a few paragraphs:

  1. The significance of Roldan v United States in America is in the Heart.
  2. Roldan v Los Angeles as an example of an anti-miscegenation law that affected Asian Americans.
  3. The historical shifts in anti-miscegenation laws in the US up to the present.
Look up what you do not already know, and cite your sources.

Remember that this is a formal, academic essay and that you are writing for an academic audience. Here are things I will pay attention to as I read your paper:

  1. Introduction, conclusion, and overall unity and coherence of the paper
  2. Clearly identifiable thesis
  3. Paragraphs with transitions
  4. Grammar and mechanics
  5. Citations
  6. 12pt font, double-spaced, 1 to 1.25" margins, 3-5 pages, stapled
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