The Warrior Project – English 7
Background=>The literature we are reading this semester explores the notion of warriors as heroes. Both Beowulf and Macbeth represent “warrior cultures,” and are much admired in their communities for their achievements as warriors. But, hey, those Dark Ages dudes have nothing to do with us modern, civilized folks, right? Well, not so fast. Take a look at the most popular movies, sports, and games, not to mention the fact that we have been “at war” since 2001, and it does not take long to conclude that we are currently living in a “warrior society”. We still admire the idea and ideal of the warrior as hero.
The Project=>Your group will create a prototype for the 21st-century warrior. Select and research an example of “warrior culture” in our own time--2015. Possibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- The first women to complete Army Ranger training
- The warrior movement at Metro Tech (and Phoenix)
- Returning veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
- An activist movement that “fights” for a cause
- The criminal world of gangs or drug cartels
- Law enforcement agencies that fight crime
- Professional athletes as “warriors”
Publication and Audience=>We will do a gallery walk in which each group displays and discusses its warrior prototype.Your research—key quotations from the articles that you read—will be part of your display. You will also include as part of your prototype some reflections on at least a few of the questions listed below:
- “Subcultures” that develop a “warrior” mentality, e.g. hackers
- Should we admire your warrior? Why or why not?
- What qualities does your prototype represent?
- What “real-life” examples of your prototype could you give?
- What are the costs and benefits of achieving and maintaining this warrior’s status?
- How does the word “warrior” help to describe your prototype? Or is there a better word?
Links to warrior articles
Article on female Army Rangers http://www.businessinsider.com/first-women-to-earn-army-ranger-tab-2015-8
High-lexile movie review of American Sniper that dissects “myth of American warrior” http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/american-sniper-takes-apart-myth-american-warrior
Full length New Yorker post-mortem profile of Chris Kyle http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/06/03/in-the-crosshairsAZ Republic article Oct 23, 2015 First openly gay action sports athleteCold Warrior - environmental activistRoad Warriors - Saudi Arabian women drivingGender warrior wins name-change battle in Ecuador - Diana started out in life as Luis.Breast Cancer Warriors - eight women-survivors, doctors, innovators, and scientists fighting backLibrary Databases: