English vs. Non-English in Today’s Politics
Using the topic of English vs. Non-English in Today’s Politics as play-dough, students will learn the essential skills to composition. This will begin by critically examining various arguments and opinions centered on the politics of English and non-English language and culture in America, progress into developing a mode of inquiry, and conclude with the construction of an original argument citing materials covered in class (essays, political cartoons, etc.) as support. Example questions the student may answer: Should Spanish be taught in school alongside English? Is Ebonics a language or dialect? Should English proficiency be required for citizenship? What are the benefits of a multi-lingual society? What are the detriments? Students are also encouraged to expand into parallel issues such as race discrimination, identity politics, and ethnicity. Ultimately, students will come away with transferable skills in 1) rhetorical awareness, 2) intertextual discourse, 3) generating and supporting claims, and 4) revision—all while investigating an issue that is important and relevant.