Project #59671 - Writing Assignment: Head Bands, Do-Rags, Dreadlocks, and Fedoras

Writing Assignment: Head Bands, Do-Rags, Dreadlocks, and Fedoras

You are sitting at the biggest concert of the year with all your friends. This band is the music of your generation. You scan the crowd, and everyone is dressed like they shop at the same store. It is comforting to be part of a group, one of the crowd, embracing the mainstream culture.

But sometimes you are sitting in the crowd, and you feel out of place. You want to be different. This too is part of the human condition. People who rebel against the mainstream culture and start their own traditions in music, art, and values, start what we call countercultures.

For this activity you will enjoy discovering something about two or three countercultures that interest you. To do this:

 

Step 1

Select an author from one of the subcultures listed below (or another subculture you are aware of) and read/annotate one or more works by that author.

  • Beat generation (Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Frank O'Hara)
  • Hippies (Richard Bach, Terrence McKenna, Hunter S. Thomson, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan)
  • Feminists (Joanie Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, Joan Didion, Louise Erdrich, Erica Jong, Barbara Kingsolver)
  • Generation X (Douglas Copeland, Jay McInerny, Chuck Palahniuk )
  • Hip-hop (Tupac Shakur, Sister Souljah, LL Cool Jay, Queen Latifah, Beastie Boys)

 

 

 

Step 2

Select an author from a different subculture listed above (or another subculture you are aware of) and read/annotate one or more works by that other author.

 

 

Step 3

(Optional) Select an author from a third subculture listed above (or another subculture you are aware of) and read/annotate one or more works by that author.

 

 

 

 

Step 5

In a paragraph or two, draw conclusions about how literature defines any culture (or in this case counterculture). What tools do authors have that make them able to portray the essence of their culture?

 

 

 

 

Step 7

Post your graphic organizer, conclusions paragraph(s), and Works Cited page to the Writing Assignment: Head Bands, Do-Rags, Dreadlocks, and Fedoras link for instructor grading.

 

To ensure success on this assignment, read the assignment rubric.

For insight and help with effective writing guidelines that your teacher is looking for, read the 6+1 Trait® Writing rubric.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/28/2015 12:00 am
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