Assignment 1: American Dream or American Myth?

 

Throughout this course, you have seen that one of the plights of the working poor is their inability to achieve social mobility. A value that all Americans have is equal opportunity for success, but this value does not necessarily translate to ability or ease to climb the social ladder.

Using the module readings, online library resources, and the Internet, research the reasons why the working poor are able or not able to realize the American Dream. Then, address the following questions:

  • Define the “American Dream,” and then apply the concepts from the previous modules to either support or refute the idea that individual merits can dictate success or failure.
  • Include the topics of race, gender, housing, job opportunities, and social services to decide whether the American Dream is a reality or a myth.
  • Use the articles, film, library resources, Internet sources, and your own personal experiences to support your arguments.

Write a 4–6-page paper.

Assignment 1 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsDefined the “American Dream” applying relevant research and analysis.20

Took a position regarding individual merits dictating success or failure showing application of course concepts.80

Explained your viewpoint incorporating topics of race, gender, housing, job opportunities, and social services to decide whether the American Dream is a reality or a myth.40

Showed application of articles, film, library resources, Internet sources, and your own personal experiences to support your arguments.20

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.40

Total:200

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