Assignment for Essay 4:
In response to the following prompt, write a 1200 - 1500 word argument/persuasion essay to include 2 references from texts used in the unit, 2 references from outside sources, and a corresponding Works Cited page.
According to Yale Professor Robert Thompson, America is better characterized as “a cultural bouillabaisse” rather than the traditional “melting pot.” What, specifically, is American culture? Write an essay which defines American culture and defends your definition by discussing specific examples of it. Be sure to summarize, analyze, and respond to at least one source from our readings in this unit and 3 to 5 outside sources.
NOTE: As college students, you will be asked to go beyond the "What is" paper and the mere repetition of information.
You should focus on strengthening your ability to
1) choose authoritative sources and reliable information,
2) analyze and synthesize information,
3) create thought-provoking questions,
4) engage in problem-solving and critical thinking.