How to write a LITERARY ESSAY,
At teacher training college students are asked to write literary essays. We analised a sample some weeks ago. If you want to know more on writing strategies, click HERE. Perhaps, you need some more information or you'd rather read a sample, click HERE.
(BONUS: go HERE for more information and writing checklists)
They dance alone by Sting
Where the streets have no names by U2.
LOOK UP THE LYRICS IN THE WEB if necessary.
Watch these videos and listen to the lyrics of each song.
Read the NOTES below, if necessary,
look up extra information
- Write a LITERARY ESSAY (5 to 7 pragraphs) based on the topic: BELONGING (to an ethnic group OR political/sexual/religious minority, other groups/minorities). You should use AT LEAST the lyrics of three of the songs/videos above. Include a good title, a cover, index (if necessary), sources (correctly quoted).
- Font: 12 Times New Roman or ArialSpace: 1.5Pragraphs: indented, 1st line.
- UPLOAD your 1st version to your portfolio and HAND IN paper version
DEADLINE: LAST class before Winter holidays.
- All the girls like Alice This is a look into the gay lifestyle of England through the eyes and lyrics of Bernie Taupin, Elton's songwriting partner. He made up the tragic story of a young lesbian who died in the streets.
- They dance alone: Sting wrote this after he saw a brief news story about women dancing in the streets of Chile torn apart by the Pinochet regime. The women were dancing in the streets with pictures of their husbands, fathers, brothers or sons pinned to their clothes or they were holding the pictures and dancing with them.
- An Englishman in NY. Sting wrote this song about famed gay author Quentin Crisp and his experiences as an outcast. Crisp moved from London to New York in 1986, and Sting spent several days with the author. (thanks, John - Levittown, NY)
- Where the streets have no names In 1985, Bono visited Ethiopia after performing at Live Aid. Many people assumed this song was about that trip, since the streets there really don't have names, just numbers. The song is actually about Ireland. In Ireland (and Northern Ireland), the many cities are divided: rich/poor, Catholic/Protestant, etc. By knowing which street a person lives on you can tell their religion, wealth and beliefs - it's where the streets have no name.