In “The Danger of a Single Story,” Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie describes how many people are represented in a “single story,” and how this limits the ways in which others see and interact with that group

In “The Danger of a Single Story,” Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie describes how many people are represented in a “single story,” and how this limits the ways in which others see and interact with that group. In Boboltz and Yam’s article, they argued about how media representations similarly limited people. For this assignment, you are being tasked with inquiring into a “single story” told about a community you are a part of. In your 750 to 1000 word paper (double spaced, in MLA format, not including your works cited page), you should examine how a community you belong to is perceived through a single story. This is not a standard “academic” paper, however. I want you to think about how you might best write to appeal to your classmates. Use a tone that might be not only understandable to your class (who might or might not be a part of the group you are writing about), but might also be enjoyable to read. The main criteria your essay will be graded on is how you use sources. Be sure to check the “Using sources” guide in the module. You should both Adichie’s TED Talk and Boboltz and Yam’s article as well as three other sources that you will choose (to help describe the particular community you are writing about). Your writing should also demonstrate an attempt at each of the four Harris moves (explained in the “Using Sources” page). 1. In “Why On-Screen Representation Really Matters,” Boblotz and Yam write: “To all viewers, on-screen representation serves as an important (if undervalued) way to glean information about the world. Hunt pointed to decades-old research out of the University of Pennsylvania that showed a correlation between a range of topics as presented on TV ― violence, integration, women’s rights ― and how people thought about those issues in real life. Over time, they found that people who watched more TV embraced what they called the “TV view of the world.” 2. TED: https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story/transcript?language=en#t-210062

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