If you were making a mixtape of songs about an important historical event or events, issues and lessons learned about things that concern you that you wished to share with a listener you care deeply about what three songs would your mixtape include about what event or events, what lesson/s would you share, and why?
If you were making a mixtape of songs about an important historical event or events, issues and lessons learned about things that concern you that you wished to share with a listener you care deeply about—a best friend, family member, roommate, partner, spouse, daughter or son—what three songs would your mixtape include about what event or events, what lesson/s would you share, and why? Songs should be from different artists or bands, and each one may be about a different historical event, issue, and lesson, or each may connect to one main idea/concern/lesson.
Name the songs, discuss the historical event/s and the lesson/s they teach, and use lyrics from your mixtape songs along with evidence from academic sources to persuade listeners/readers why this historical event/s or issue/s is important (this is your claim) to know about. Use the “I. Music,” “II. Lyrics,” “III. Artist History,” and IV. “Societal Context ” panes of Friedlander’s “rock window” (4-5), and use parts of the “anatomically correct rock and roll doll”—“MIND (intellectual),” “HEART (emotional),” etc. as needed to discuss the historical event/s, issue/s, songs, and lesson/s (11).
Write 6-8 pages or about 1500-2000 words; integrate and cite the most meaningful, selected quotes from your mixtape in your paper, and say what concerns and roles of yours these quotes address. The final draft of your essay should do the following:
- Make a claimabout the historical event/s or issue/s and support the claim. Discuss the event or issue + the songs’ lessons and why these lessons areimportant to the particular audience for your mixtape (identify your audience in the essay) and discuss which rhetorical appeal/s dominates your mixtape (see the Purdue OWL) https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/academic_writing/establishing_arguments/rhetorical_strategies.html
- Use templates from TSIS to introduce your ideas and integrate quotes from song lyrics in sentences that you write (no dropped or floating quotes, no long blocks of lyric chunks) using MLA Style citation of sources in your text that match sources you list on a Works Cited page
- Include a Works Cited page that includes the artist/s, composer/s, and/or performer/s name/s; individual song title; album title;name of the recording manufacturer; and publication date for each quote in your paper. NOTE: “Music can be cited multiple ways. Mainly, this depends on the container that you accessed the music from” (Purdue OWL). Consult the Purdue OWL https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_works_cited_other_common_sources.html
- Provide a word count for the essay (Works Cited is not part of this count) on page one beneath the heading
- Number pages after page 1
The final draft of this essay will be submitted in BlackBoard and run through Safeassign. See our syllabus’ tentative schedule for due dates, and follow guidelines under the Written Work section of our syllabus.
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