essay 1: three american icons
What is a
It is an object or person that represents some set of values, beliefs, and norms in society and gets a strong gripon a sizable part of the population.
can be seen as an American icon for his role in the creation of popular rock and roll.Likewise, a fictional character like
can be an American icon in that he symbolizes the lazy,dull-witted, but lovable segments of our society. Even an object like the
can be an American iconbecause it merges the American spirit of innovation with our love of entertainment and convenience. Thereare a ton of American icons; as long as it captures our attention, has lasting power, and seems to sum up partof our character, it’s an icon.For this essay you are simply going to discuss three important American icons – three historical figures,characters, or objects that help define our country. It helps if the three icons are somehow related.
Include the following:
Open with one of the
ideas that we will talk about in class
Explain your own
of an icon
End with a controlling
thesis that lists your three examples
3 BODY PARAGRAPHS
As you introduce each icon, include 3 to 5 sentences that give some historical background. Include your source after thehistorical sentences like this:
The word “jeans” became more popular around 1960 when the baby-boom generation adopted the term for itsfavorite type of pants (www.levistrauss.com/ about/history/jeans.htm).
After you give a brief history for each icon, explain why this person, character, or object is so important. What does it tellus about ourselves as Americans?
Use a transition to bridge between body paragraphs
Repeat your three examples and why they are important to our culture
If possible, bring your essay full circle to your opening grabber
THE PENALTY BOX
If you break any of these rules, 10 pts. will be subtracted from your grade.
Do not use “you” or “your.”2.)
You need distinct introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs.3.)
Each paragraph should begin with a topic sentence (this can follow the transition) that sets up what is to come. Then, the last sentence of each paragraph should wrap-up what you just discussed.4.)
Begin your body and conclusion paragraphs with transitions that make smooth bridges between paragraphs.
The last sentence of the introduction should set up the order and examples of your essay.
Underline that thesis.
750 words minimum
Tuesday, August 18