This part of the paper requires you to go deeper and provide a critical analysis of a theme that is portrayed in the movies. Using the two movies Freedom Writers, and Precious Knowledge. Pick a central theme in one or both movies. An example of a central theme may include poverty, race, gender, discrimination or the depiction of the teacher as the “hero.” You may use one of these themes or select a more relevant theme from your movie(s). Make sure you select a theme that directly links to issues concerning urban education to analyze (the theme must be approved by the instructor). Your paper must be at least 6 to 8 pages long, double spaced, in APA format and should analyze the components listed below.
Support your arguments using in-text citations of references. You must have at least three annotated references. You must also include the movies you are analyzing in your annotated bibliography (these movies do not count as part of the three references). All references must be in APA and on a separate reference page at the end of the paper.
IMPORTANT Answer these questions for your individual paper:
- What is a central theme evident about urban education? Support with detail from the movie(s).
- Identify and discuss one broader message underlying the theme – support your arguments with either readings from class or outside references (e.g., if the theme is student learning and success in life then a broader message may be why poverty matters, or not, for the issue. If the theme is student motivation or empowerment then a broader message may be how schools are structured for learning either through power relationships, the curriculum (is it developmentally appropriate, meaningful, and/or culturally relevant), or assessment (e.g., teaching to the test). If the theme is poverty, the message may be oppression and the social, economic and cultural structures that perpetuate poverty and lack of opportunity in school and society).
- How does the mainstream media (e.g., news, TV, Hollywood) shape public perspectives and perpetuate myths of urban schooling? Do you believe they give a fair and realistic representation? Why or why not?
- What are the implications of the public perspectives shaped by the media on American urban schools? (In other words how do stereotypes and myths directly affect real-world urban education policies? Be sure to provide examples and support with evidence)
- How might your biography person’s work influence thinking and change about theme 1) school, 2) community, and 3) policy (use additional outside resources beyond your biography person to identify broader social or educational policies affecting the theme).
- Write a conclusion that includes at least two changes or solutions that YOU recommend? Support your arguments with why these changes or solutions are important and also how they might be implemented.)