Pick one or two primary sources of American popular culture and analyze them using one the
analytical methods we have learned: rhetorical, narrative, dramatist, Marxist, or feminist.
Your goal is to explain what 1) cultural values the text(s) depict(s) from your analytical standpoint,
and 2) make connections (semiotics!) as to what those texts say about American society.
Pop culture primary texts can be: movies, TV, comics, books, advertisements, music, theatre, visual
art, etc…be sure to use something that is 1) ‘constructed’ and 2) is American made.
Paper should be double spaced and 5-7 pages long.
Any format is fine (MLA, APA, etc.) but pick one and stick with it.
Cite all of your sources, use quotations and cite all direct quotes!
Decide on a topic; go with something you are interested in!
2. Develop a thesis statement:
“By comparing ‘x’ and ‘y’ using ‘z’ type of analysis, it is clear that they demonstrate
‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘c’ about American culture.”
3. Revisit your primary resources, making notes and pulling quotes/
examples that will support your argument.
5. Build your paper around your thesis statement.
6. Your supporting paragraphs should be providing evidence that backs up
your thesis statement.
7. Conclusion paragraphs are important; work in your ‘so what’
BANNED topics: Do NOT write about Disney princess movies, the Blind Side,
Remember the Titans, Twilight (email if you want an exception made for you)