The Cultural Author OR Era / Playwright
Research Study Assignment

American Authors - Mr. Dawursk

 

1.    Choose a cultural author or playwright from the following list.  You MUST have Mr. Dawursk’s approval to choose an author or playwright as only one student per class may choose any author from the list.

 

Your study should include an evaluation of the writer’s style, use of literary devices, social impact, and contribution to cultural literature, with special focus on one story or set of poems that you read by the author. An effective presentation will synthesize (combine) your insight with the author’s own observations and third party evaluations of his/her work.

IMPORTANT DUE DATES:

+ FINAL CER IS DUE:__________________

+ FINAL ESSAY PAPER IS DUE:_________________ *

+ MEDIA PROJECT PRESENTATION IS DUE: _________________**

 

    

*Early bird 10% extra credit is awarded for essays totally completed the day before.

**Early bird 10% extra credit is awarded for media projects totally completed the day before.

2.        For full credit, the research study assignment must include ALL of the following:

 

A.   A complete CER form turned-in prior to the essay’s final draft.

B.   A 3-4 page original typed informational or persuasive essay on the author’s life and works (final draft).

·         Paper must have a clear introduction with a specific “thesis” and at least three reasons to prove your thesis.  In the body of the essay, each paragraph reason must be supported by at least one piece of quoted evidence with proper citation (MLA format).  The citations must come from at least three different sources.

·         Paper must use at least THREE different sources put into a “Works Consulted Bibliography” list in MLA format at the end of the essay.

·          The conclusion paragraph will effectively restate the thesis and summarize the reasons while bringing the essay to an appropriate close.

C.   A 2 to 3 minute media speech presentation to the class about the author you studied. Please be prepared to read a small piece (15-30 seconds) from your author’s writing as part of the presentation.

 

3.        The media project presentation must include ONE of the following:

 

A.  A power point presentation about the author’s life and works. 

 

·         Quantity: At least 6 slides (title plus 5 information slides)

·         Look: laid-out according to the specifics of the project format/content sheet

·         Artwork/ Picture: At least one per slide

B.  A creative, colorful, detailed and professional-looking poster about the author’s life and works.

·         Size: 28” x 22” or greater

·         Look: Laid-out according to the specifics of the project format/content sheet

NOTE:    E-mail completed power point files to: dawursg1@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
          or bring it to class on a disk or usb stick. No accessing personal accounts for power points.

 

All other documents (essay, bibliography, etc) MUST be printed-out
PRIOR to the class period; Mr. Dawursk will not print-out any student work.

Author Choices

 

Note: All media materials are due the first date for full credit.  The presentation dates are below:

 

 

Day 1

 

Day 1

 

Day 2

 

Day 3

 

Day 4

 

African American

 

African American

 

African American

 

African American

 

African American

1

Booker T. Washington

1

Sterling A. Brown

1

James Baldwin

1

Claude McKAy

1

Malcolm X

2

Charles W. Chesnutt

2

Arna Bontemps

2

Eugenia W. Collier

2

Jean Toomer

2

Martin Luther King, Jr.

3

Ida B. Wells

3

Richard Wright

3

Alice Childress

3

Langston Hughes

3

Ishmael Reed

4

W.E.B. Du Bois

4

Chetser Himes

4

Dorothy West

4

Countee Cullen

4

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

5

Paul Laurence Dunbar

5

Margaret Walker

5

Ralph Ellison

5

Zora Neale Hurston

5

Gwendolyn Brooks

6

James Weldon Johnson

6

Ann Petry

6

Paule Marshall

6

Randolph Fisher

6

William Melvin Kelley

7

Jesse Faust

7

Alice Walker

7

Ernext J. Gaines

7

Reginald McKnight

7

Diane Oliver

 

Hispanic American

 

Hispanic American

 

Hispanic American

 

Hispanic American

 

Hispanic American

8

Isabel Allende

8

Oscar Hijuelos

8

Louis Santeiro

8

Reinaldo Arenas

8

Carla Mari Trujillo

9

Julia Alvarez,

9

Maria Hinojosa

9

Gary Soto

9

Junot Díaz

9

Alex Abella

10

Sandra Cisneros

10

Geraldo Rivera

10

Ernesto Quiñonez

10

Virgil Suárez

10

Ana Menéndez

11

Patricia Santana

11

Sandra Cisneros

11

Marcos McPeek Villatoro

11

Margo Candela

11

Dagoberto Gilb

12

Barbara Louise Mujica

12

Denise Chávez

12

Patricia Preciado Martin

12

Rudolfo Anaya

12

Manuel Luis Martínez

 

Asian American

 

Asian American

 

Asian American

 

Asian American

 

Asian American

13

 Jessica Hagedorn

13

Amy Tan

13

Bienvenido Santos

13

Kyoko Mori

13

Ha Jin

14

David Henry Hwang

14

Lois-Ann Yamanaka

14

John Okada

14

Chang-Rae Lee

14

Peter Ho Davies

15

Maxine Hong Kingston

15

John Yau

15

Ai

15

Lisa See

15

Laurence Yep

 

Arab American

 

Arab American

 

American Indian

 

American Indian

 

American Indian

16

Susan Abulhawa

16

D.H. Melhem

16

Ssipsis

16

N. Scott Momaday

16

James Welch

17

Wadi Bahout

17

Gregory Orfalea

17

E. Donald Two-Rivers

17

Sherman Alexie

17

Louise Erdrich.

18

Evelyn Shakir’s

18

Susan Muaddi Darraj's

18

Drew Hayden Taylor.

18

D'Arcy McNickle

18

David Treuer.

19

Mahmoud Saeed

19

Hayan Charara

19

Vine Deloria Jr

19

Kimberly Blaeser.

19

Tomson Highway.

20

Saladin Ahmed

 

 

20

Maria Campbell

20

Ray A. Young Bear

20

Jim Northrup

Playwright Choices

 

Note: All media materials are due the first date for full credit. 
The presentation dates are below:

 

 

Day 1

 

Day 1

 

Day 2

 

Day 3

 

Medieval/Renaissance

 

19th -20th Century

 

Early-Mid 20th Century

 

Contemporary

1

Hrosvitha

1

Henry Ibsen

1

Author Miller

1

Tony Kushner

2

Christopher Marlowe

2

August Strindberg

2

Eugene Ionesco

2

Tom Stoppard

3

Ben Jonson

3

Oscar Wilde

3

Samuel Beckett

3

Paula Vogel

4

William Shakespeare

4

Anton Chekhov

4

Lorraine Hansberry

4

Moises Kaufman

5

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5

Bernard Shaw

5

Wole Soyinka

5

Suzan-Lori Parks

 

17th -18th Century

 

Early-Mid 20th Century

 

Contemporary

 

 

6

Moliere

6

John Millington Synge

6

Harold Pinter

6

Sarah Ruhl

7

Aphra Behn

7

Susan Glaspell

7

Maria Irene Fornes

7

John Patrick Shanley

8

William Congreve

8

Luigi Pirandello

8

Sam Shepard

8

Conor McPherson

9

John Gay

9

Federico Garcia Lorca

9

Caryl Churchill

9

Yasmina Reza

10

Chikamatsu Monzaemon

10

Eugene O’Neill

10

Athol Fugard

10

Tracy Letts

11

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11

Bertoit Brecht

11

David Mamet

11

Lynn Nottage

12

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12

Tennessee Williams

12

August Wilson

12

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