Harvest of empire

For this short essay assignment, you’ll be graded on your ability to demonstrate comprehension and critically reflect on the film.

Most students who do their work on time don’t need extra credit.   Having said this, it’s a lot easier to get an “A” in this class when you do the extra credit.  I’ve seen hundreds of “B” students earn a higher grade because they did the extra credit early on.  Just make sure to follow directions and submit on time.  They get easier to do the sooner you finish your first one.

Only one attempt per student. I don’t allow for late work when it comes to extra credit – it’s in our 

B. Literary Essay Guidelines (20 Points)

You are writing a literary/media analysis in the form of an essay.  Your essay is worth up to 15 points. It should have all of the following, and up to how many max points you can lose if you don’t add it to your essay:

Up to -2 Points | short intro (2-3 sentences) with highlighted .

Up to -2 Points | proper grammar and free of spelling errors,

Up to -4 Points | use proper citations with timestamps,

Up to -9 Points | based on the assigned media (e.g. film),

Up to -2 Points | apply and highlight a course concept to argue your theme/thesis,

Up to -9 Points | directly address all aspects of the prompt(s). 

Up to -2 Points | concise conclusion (2-3 sentences) 

C. Media/Literary Analysis

How to use a social lens to watch media

  • First, it’s important to watch the film carefully with a critical eye.  Consider why you’ve been assigned to watch a film and write an analysis. How does this activity fit into the course? Why have you been assigned this particular film? What are you looking for in connection to the course content? Here are some tips on how to watch the clip critically, just as you would an entire film:

Give the clip your undivided attention at least once. Pay close attention to details and make observations that might start leading to bigger questions.

  • Watch the clip a second time. For this viewing, you will want to focus specifically on those elements of film analysis that your class has focused on, so review your course notes. For example, from whose perspective is this clip shot? What choices help convey that perspective? What is the overall tone, theme, or effect of this clip?
  • Take notes while you watch for the second time. Notes will help you keep track of what you noticed and when, if you include timestamps in your notes. Timestamps are vital for citing scenes from a film!
  • D. Media Analysis Prompt
  • U.S. Breaching Latin American Sovereignty
  • From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.
  • Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! Co-host Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

Harvest of Empire provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community. The film features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists María Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada.

Reason Latinos end up in the U.S.

As Juan González says at the beginning of the film “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north.”

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, the documentary Harvest of Empire reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.  

  • Film: Harvest of Empire

Harvest of empire

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