Cultural and Ethnic Studies

Essay four is available for all students. Only four essays are required. The fifth can be used as a make up for a missed essay or to improved a prior grade. If four essays are not turned in, one essay grade will not be dropped.
Write these papers like any other academic paper, with full explanations and resources. Follow the rubric and demonstrate a scholarly knowledge of the topic as well as show writing competence. You can be more informal in your response. See the discussion guidelines in the contents section.
This will be a longer essay than others. Expect to write about 1,000 words, but these will be fun, relatively easy words.
In a short introductory paragraph, offer a definition of cultural assimilation, appropriation and of acculturation. Briefly, explain why one is seen as negative. Provide your definition sources in a works Cited at the end of your paper.
After offering the definitions, compare Feel the Noise to either 8 Mile or Step Up. How do the films offer insight into an analysis of assimilation or appropriation? Begin with a thesis and explain your reasoning by comparing characters, situations, miseen scene, etc. as appropriate. Pick your own focus in this assignment but you can address how racism fits in or does not fit in. You can consider the elements of power and who gets to control the public discussions and why.
In this assignment, you obviously are using new resources but you must also reference the article on Hop Hop and the White Performer, which is in the content section under module readings. Your essay should also reflect at least one other course writing.
Remember these films are NOT reality. They are the materializations/expressions of ideologies or refutation of those beliefs that exist in society, sometimes from Hollywood, sometimes from a black perspective. Your job is to use academic writings and your own interpretations to produce and essay that analyze words, themes, miseen scene as they project beliefs. Note this paper must be uploaded into the dropbox as well as posted here.
Remember the essays should contain citations and are practice for the final course paper. However they are also an opportunity to start less formal conversations and responses among group members. You must complete both aspects, so be sure to respond to at least one of your group members about what they found and/or to the comments of others who respond to your post. This assignment counts toward class participation. Copy and paste or type your discussion/essay in the discussion area and submit your file to the dropbox for a plagiarism check.
What should be included in your essay(for more detail look at the rubric attached to this discussion):
• 1,000 Words for initial post for Discussion/Essay
• 150 or more words for your response to one classmate
• Contains a thesis
• At least 3 proofs to support the thesis
o two from course materials
o one from your own academic or primary research
• Use of in text citations with page numbers
• Works cited with webpage links or full printing press information
• Good Grammar
• Discretionary points for Excellence
Essay Format:
This is generally the format of what your essay should look like.
Paragraph 1 — introduction to tell me where you are going. This paragraph includes or starts with a specific distinct thesis that states exactly what you plan to argue. It does not say “I will discuss…” Instead, state your argument and move on to prove it. If I have to wait until the end of the paper to figure out what your point is, you have already failed. Some students put the thesis sentence in italics or bold it. If you want to do this that’s fine. It helps me zero in immediately on what you will argue and may help you keep track of your focus.
Paragraphs 2-5 — justifications. Each subsequent paragraph proves some part of your thesis. They start with and include sub assertions. These sub assertions introduce related bits of evidence and are in effect a mini thesis that makes a refined point about SOME aspect of the thesis. In other words, it pinpoints a specific part of the thesis and explains why the information you present is relevant. After the sub assertion, include your evidence — an example, quote, and citation, for example. You must include examples from the narrative. You can combine justifications in paragraphs as long as they relate to the sub assertion, which on a larger scale connects to the thesis. Start each new paragraph with new sub assertions and justification that highlights a another different part of the thesis. Continue until all parts of your thesis are illustrated and justified. Adjust your thesis if need be.
Final Paragraph — add some deeper insight. You started with a thesis — what additional intellectual points can you add that both reflects the original thesis but seems to carry your initial concept further?
Under no circumstances are you to attack anyone personally. Thoughtfulness, creativity and clarity will work in your favor. Simply repeating what someone else has previously said will not work well in this area. You will not get credit if you do not respond in a scholarly way.

Paper instructor and other source in the additional materials.
Link of Three required movie was below: