An icon is one who has had a great impact on the broader American culture. One aspect of iconicity that facilitates this impact is that the icon is symbolic; it represents more than itself. For example, Rosa Parks has come to represent the rights movement; while Gloria Steinem is an icon of feminism. Some icons represent the traditional aspects of a society and others might have an impact from challenging the status quo and forcing us to re-examine the values of our culture. Essays should be more than merely biographical papers, but should provide an in-depth exploration of the icon as a product of and influence on American culture. Your chosen icon may have enjoyed his/her heyday well before our current era, or it may continue to radiate tremors across the cultural landscape. Students who need guidance or assistance in choosing a subject for the essay assignment are encouraged to contact the Instructor.
Each research essay should be divided into 3 main sections:
• The icon’s biographical history; the significant events and incidents that shaped his/her character.
• The icon’s impact on popular culture; his/her influence on their profession, field of endeavor, others in their profession.
• The icon’s impact on American culture; what is their larger/mass significance.
Students will post their topic choice on our class Canvas site for the Instructor’s approval.
The requirements for this essay are as follows:
• Essays should be approximately 7-8 full pages (typed double spaced)
• A works cited page must be included.
• Students’ citations should conform to either MLA or APA style formats.
• A minimum of 4 sources must be used for your research.
• Wikipedia, Google, and other mass search engines are not valid for college-level essays.
• Late papers will not be accepted (unless the student provides a valid/authorized excuse).
• Completed rough drafts will be critiqued by the Instructor prior to the final due date if the student wishes to take advantage of this option.
Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by EssayPro