How do people survive a catastrophe?

 

How do people survive a catastrophe?

Required length: 1250-1750 words (that’s five to seven pages), in MLA format with Works Cited. You’ll also be submitting an annotated bibliography.
Required drafts: First draft and final draft
Introduction: In this class we’ve read about all kinds of catastrophes, and you’ve written about how some people have survived them. Now choose a catastrophe-any
catastrophe, in any country. You are going to research the catastrophe, its survivors, and the reasons why those people survived a situation where other people may
have perished. Note that it’s not enough to simply relate what caused the catastrophe. That’s all fine; what we’re interested in, though, is why certain people
survived-beyond simple luck. Your answer to the research question "Why/How did they survive?" will be your thesis statement.You can use Amanda Ripley’s
research to help you discuss why someone survived, but that should be just one source. Use at least five different outside sources (you may need more) to help you
discuss why someone survived.
Directions: Choose a catastrophe that interests you, and research the catastrophe and its survivors. Research why those people managed to survive the catastrophe. Then
develop an essay where you discuss briefly what happened, and how they managed to survive.
Ideas: You can use several types of primary sources: videos, films, books, articles. For instance:
* Research Aron Ralston, the climber who got trapped and cut off his own arm in order to free himself. Watch the movie 127 hours, and use that movie as your primary
source.
* Watch the movie Touching the Void, and use that movie (or the book the movie was based on) as your primary source.
* Watch the movie Schindler’s List (you probably won’t have time to read the book) and research the survivors known as "Schindler’s Jews."
* Choose a Holocaust survivor or group of survivors from http://www.holocaustsurvivors.org/ and use their stories as a primary source. Alternately, listen to a
holocaust survivor interview at http://holocaust.umd.umich.edu/ or USC’s Shoah Foundation Institute (http://dornsife.usc.edu/vhi/).
* Research survivors of the World Trade Center collapse on 9/11, and choose one or a group of survivors.
* Research survivors of the Titanic.
* Watch an old episode of I Survived and choose one person’s story to research. This interesting television series isn’t on the air anymore, but you still can access
the video online. More resources for I Survived are available at http://www.biography.com/isurvived
* Research survivors of the ongoing siege in Aleppo. You might want to start at www.cnn.com or www.msnbc.com

 

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