Textbook: hat Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone, an anthology of essays from around the
world edited by J.L. Powers
This essay should be 3-4 pages long, use Times New Roman 12 point font, and be double-spaced. You must use in-text citations and a works cited page, using MLA style citation, for That Mad Game. More information on MLA style citation can be found in links in a later week in this course–please scroll down and find it. I’m happy to go over it with you if you need.
That Mad Game is a collection of narratives about children/teens who grew up in war zones around the world. Consider the essays you’ve read to date in the collection and write an essay that argues, from your perspective on these readings, what the common experience(s) are for children/teens who come of age during a time of conflict and violence. How do these essays prove your point of view? How do these children’s experiences offer a new perspective on war and the damage violence can inflict?
• Each essay must use specific evidence from the collection of essays in That Mad Game. This can include specific textual references (paraphrasing and summarizing) and/or quotes. If you use quotes, the body paragraphs should have no more than two quotes to support your point and analysis. Quotes should be introduced with your own words and be properly cited using MLA format. Each body paragraph should begin and end with your ideas; thus, you need to clearly explain how the quote(s) you chose to use support your ideas.
• Remember that a strong introduction includes a brief introduction of the topic and main points, as well as a clear thesis that states the main idea of your essay.
• Each body paragraph should include a topic sentence, explanation of the ideas in the paragraph, specific examples to support your explanation (the quotes will be at least part of your example/examples), adequate explanation and analysis of all examples/evidence, and appropriate closure/transitions to finish the paragraph.
• The conclusion should restate your thesis and provide a final observation on the topic.
• Your essay should have an original title that reflects your topic and argument.
• MLA format: MLA stands for Modern Language Association, which provides a format for English papers to follow. The heading and the header are examples of the proper format for MLA style, which you must follow for this essay. The font must be 12 point Times New Roman font. The margins for all MLA formatted papers are one inch (top/bottom and left/right). Your essay should also include a Works Cited page and in-text parenthetical citation. The Works Cited page should follow your essay.
• Remember to transition from idea to idea within paragraphs and from paragraph to paragraph using transitional phrases/words, coordinating conjunctions (i.e. FANBOYS), subordinating conjunctions, and prepositional phrases.
Please upload your completed essay to the forum for peer reviews. This is located under the tab PEER REVIEW 1. For paper 1, please send me only the thesis statement and each paragraph’s topic sentences.
That Mad Game
On the forum, discuss what you are learning about childhood, war, coming of age, violence, resiliency, the world, global ethics, and other things from this collection of essays, That Mad Game. (You may also reference the other essays you’ve read from the collection so far, and also essays that haven’t been assigned from the book yet.)
Read the following essays from That Mad Game: “Introduction,” “Across the River,” “Left Behind in El Salvador,” “Exiled to Gansu Province,” “Our America,
Some other questions to consider:
1)Which of the essays reveal people who have experienced trauma and/or are displaying the symptoms of PTSD? List the characters and make an argument.
Do you think people are predisposed to experience trauma differently and some react better than others? Why or why not? It’s okay for the people in the group to have different opinions and to express the opinions differently.
2) Look at the experience of exile for each of the main characters in these essays. How are their experiences of exile similar? How are they different? Do you think it’s legitimate to argue that Jerry Mathes experiences exile even though he grows up in America and never lives through war? Why or why not? What do you think the final sentence of the introduction is trying to say about exile, narrative, and healing from war?
3) Why are narratives/stories important to humanity? What can stories give us that we can’t get from anything else (or that it’s hard to get from other things)? (Make a list.) What is something that narratives/stories can’t give us? What do you think we can (or perhaps should) take away from a book like this, which is make up of many different narratives, personal stories by men and women who talk about what it was like to grow up in a particular place, in a particular time, during war?
IMPORTANT! RUBRIC FOR ESSAYS