Zootopia Movie and The Nature of Prejudice Essay

Your Own Argument (Multi-Source Argument)


Use all phases of the writing process to create

a largely error free essay; avoid plagiarism; employ a

variety of organizational patterns to support or advance

central ideas (theses/claims).

6 pages

Prompt #1:


Required Research/Readings:

Zootopia (2016),

Additional Readings:

“Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination,” “At 13, I Didn’t Expect My

Teacher To Be Afraid of Me,” “The Nature of Prejudice,”

“In Tackling Bias In

Policing, ‘Zootopia’ Veers Into The Uncanny Valley,” and “This is Your

Brain on Nationalism: The Science of Us Vs. Them”


So far, you will have watched


, and read tadditional

readings, which you can use for this prompt. The film, while funny and engaging

in many ways, presents certain social issues addressing the perceptions and

prejudices that come with race, size, gender or overall identity and social



Your task is to consider some of the social, racial, or identity issues that

present themselves. Using



at least


of the readings, you will need to come up with your own argument about a social issue that was presented

or implied. Your argument should be focused on the meaning you have taken

from the article(s) and movie. Consider what we have learned about constructing

an effective argument through rhetorical strategies such as PACES and Ethos,

Pathos, Logos PowerPoint to develop your own.

Requirements (Successful Essays Will Include):

An introduction with a hook, background information, and a thesis with your

argument about the prompt you have chosen

Use of PACES or Rhetorical Strategies

Counter Argument and Refutation Paragraph (either your first body paragraph or

your last body paragraph)

Body paragraphs in PIE format

A conclusion with a restatement of the thesis and final thoughts.

A Creative Title