American Dream Fiction to Non-Fiction
The Quindlen piece is about the different people in the United States with different backgrounds and no specified reason to live together other than that they are Americans. She discusses how this “mongrel” nation is very evident after the attacks on 9/11. The Whitman poem is also about the melting pot concept of American Dream.
Both pieces address the idea of the varied backgrounds of Americans, introducing the idea that the American Dream might not be the same for all Americans. As students read these texts, consider what the authors are saying about the pursuit of the American Dream and continue to reflect on their own personal definition “A Quilt of a Country” can also be used as a model for student writing, as the language, varied syntax, integration of quotations and research, and style are particularly effective. Analyze the word choice, syntax, and rhetorical devices that convey Quindlen’s perspective and then emulate the language and sentence structure in their own writing for the unit assessments.
Title; Fiction to Non-Fiction
length; 4 pages (1100 words)