chicano park mural discussion forum assignment 1

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History 115—section 3277
Fall semester 2019
Professor Oscar Cañedo
Guidelines for Chicano Park Discussion Forum

For this assignment, we will utilize a discussion forum, and we will devote some time discussing some of the themes and topics from the murals of San Diego’s iconic Chicano Park. After we observe the Chicano Park film during module 3 of this semester, each of you will then be selected to one mural and provide a critical thinking analysis of that mural. I will provide more details on what you need to discuss in just a few moments, but first let me provide you with some nuts-and-bolts details about posting your observations.

The due date for posting your initial comments is Friday, November 19. Please post your observations inside this Chicano Park mural discussion forum. I will provide the first discussion post, and all of you please follow my example. After you post your comments, please be sure to reply to at least two of your classmates, and to me as well before December 1. As for choosing the specific mural you wish to discuss, here are several websites as well as the 1988 documentary devoted to the Chicano Park murals for reference. This is the documentary film that we will watch during the third module of the semester.

  • Only one person per mural please. Your forum comments (including your replies to your classmates and to “el maestro”) will count as 15% of your overall class grade.

In terms of the content of your discussion, I am looking for three main points of discussion. This discussion will satisfy the History Department’s Student Learning Outcome (SLO) assessment requirements. First, you will draft a thesis statement based on your observation of this mural. A thesis statement is something you would prove in a paper; a statement that can be supported by the mural you have reviewed. Your thesis statement should be about 3-5 sentences. In your thesis statement, address the following question: What was the artist’s objective in creating his/her mural and what does the mural reflect about the era in which this mural was created?

For the second point of discussion, name and describe one cause or consequence of an event associated with this mural. In other words, what were some of the historical or political events of the era that contributed to the development of the mural, or what do you think was the political or cultural impact of the mural in Chicano Park, San Diego, the state of California, or for the overall Chicano Movement? About one good-sized paragraph, up to â…” of a page, double-spaced, will be sufficient for your response.

And finally, for your third point of discussion, describe one historical individual involved in the event depicted in the mural and explain his or her significance in this event. In other words, why was this person significant? And by a historical individual, you may discuss the artist instead of any historical personalities presented in his or her mural. However, if there is a clear historical personality presented in the mural, I strongly encourage you to discuss that personality in your response. Even if the historical personality is a mythical figure, such as a god or goddess, you can discuss that too. About one good-sized paragraph, up to â…” of a page, double-spaced, will be sufficient for your response.

Below Is the mural at the park, including the title, artist, and the year of the mural’s creation.

the moral:

“Childrens’ Mural” (1973) by Victor Ochoa and Lowell School Children

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