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A Sense of Place


  1. Compare and contrast Mother tongue and Once more to the lake and how the authors depict the American Family. What conclusion can you come to about the current state of the American Family?


This must be an argumentative/persuasive essay, establishing your own point of view and defending it via the provided resources.


  1. Follow the Argumentative Paper Format handout provided in class.
  2. You must have a thesis statement and topic sentences.
  3. You may not use any first person or group collective pronouns. (I, me, my, you, yours, our, ours, we, and so forth).
  4. You may not use any contractions. (Don’t, can’t, won’t isn’t, it’s, and so forth).
  5. You may not use any vague terminology. Be precise in your words to persuade your readers!
  6. Four or more FULL pages, please!
  7. MLA format is required, including Works Cited.To get assistance on this or any other related assignment, Click here for professional help.. 
  8. NOTE:First paragraph must have clear thesis statement in last sentence
    each paragraph must have topic sentence
    Final paragraph need have a conclusion
    each paragraph must have more 5 sentences
  9. There’s long been a stereotype that the quintessential nuclear family consists of two married, heterosexual parents of the same race and 2.5 kids. Forget that it’s not possible to have half of a kid for a second and consider this: The picture of this purported “typical” nuclear family really only existed from 1950-1965, a time when divorce rates were low, men ages 25-29 made about 400 times what their fathers did at the same age, and women tended to stay home to raise children.

    Since then, a variety of economic and societal changes and hard-won legal battles—like those allowing members of the LGBTQ community to adopt children—have made that stereotype obsolete in reality, but not always in people’s minds or the media. And that poses a problem.

    “When people in other families don’t see themselves in those types of depictions, we can feel a lack of belonging, shame, confusion, questioning, and an inability to appreciate our own culture,” says Farzana Nayani, diversity, equity, and inclusion specialist and author of Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World.

    Even if the two parent-two(ish) kid unit was the norm for a short time, Nayani rejects the notion that it was ever the definition of family. She believes that family was then, as it is today, “a collective of individuals who love each other.”


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