Becoming American – Dinesh D’Souza

Requirements: Minimum 3 full pages (typed, double-spaced, 12-pt font, stapled, with 1”
margins all around, in MLA format)
Prompt:
Write a paper in which you identify several of Dinesh D’Souza’s main ideas in “Becoming
American” and use one of the other texts below to support, challenge or complicate D’Souza’s
beliefs about the American Dream. How and why does the other text support, challenge or
complicate D’Souza’s main ideas?
Pick one of these as your second text to comment on D’Souza’s ideas:
 Kevin Jennings’ “American Dreams”
 Andrew Lam’s “Immigrants, Memories and Trash”
 Fiona Citkin’s “For Immigrant Women, the American Dream is Alive and Well”
Optional: You can also use one of these texts to reinforce a point you’re making between
D’Souza and Jennings, Lam, or Citkin:
 Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus”
 “America” from West Side Story
 Notes from the “Rewriting Home” reading
Remember you can use any of your handouts to guide your outlining and drafting.