2 Your Task:You are to write an essay (3 Paragraphs) explaining the similarities between the movie Avatar and the Age of Imperialism. Be sure to explain the Age of Imperialism and cite specific examples from the movie that emulate similar actions. Consider motives, actions and outcomes.
3 Avatar Essay Checklist: Completed graphic organizer with nameRubric AttachedA 3-Paragraph “essay”Size 12 pt. Font Times New RomanDouble Spacedparagraphs at least 5 sentences longAn intro with a thesis & although statementbody paragraphs with supporting examplesEach body paragraph with a topic sentence and clincher
4 Avatar Suggested Outline Intro: General Statement, transition statement(s), and thesis (although statement)Body Paragraph 1: Motives & Actions of Europeans and humans in Avatar2nd Body Paragraph: Outcomes of European actions and actions of humans in Avatar
5 A Topic Sentence and Clincher T.S.: Motives “One of the first noticeable parallels between the motion picture and imperialism is the invaders’ motive for attempting to colonize foreign lands.”Clincher: Outcomes “The colonies of Europe following their independence movements are often still developing today, and the European nations stayed the developed superpowers they are today.
6 The 1st Body Paragraph: Motives & Actions Motives in AvatarEuropean Motives:Desire for Natural Resources:Humans want to obtain Unobtanium from moon of Pandora to save Earth from energy crisisThe Resources Development Administration dominated Pandora and the Na’viCultural SuperiorityParker and the military are completely dismissive of Na’vi cultureExamples: there are millions of trees they can move – it’s a tree“These people have to learn we don’t stop”Desire for Natural Resources:Europeans want oil, rubber, diamonds (Africa) and cotton (India)The British East India dominated India politically, economically and culturally (beneficial to large Empire and feed industrial markets)Cultural SuperiorityEurocentricism -Belief that European culture is superior to othersWhite Mans Burden by Rudyard KiplingUse religion as a mask for underlying motive – build religious schools convert natives to Christianity
7 The 1st Body Paragraph: Motives & Actions Actions/ process in AvatarActions/ process in ImperialismFear of the UnknownWhile exploring Na’vi territory, Jake/ outsiders 1st instinct is to shootUse of Technology/ WeaponryThe RDA and military used gunships, tanks, guns to kill and destroy Natives Hometree & Tree of Souls when negotiations failedBows and Arrows vs. Advanced WeaponsFear of the UnknownEuropeans called Africa “Dark Continent” and carved it up for themselves after exploring it and taking over “Scramble for Africa”Use of Technology/ WeaponryEuropeans use canons, muskets, and heavy artillery to take over less technologically advanced nativesIndigenous people no defense against their weaponry
8 2nd Body Paragraph: Outcomes Outcomes Age of ImperialismOutcomes AvatarConflict:Natives in Asia, Americas, and Africa resent foreign ruleRebellion & warThe Sepoy Mutiny in IndiaBoxer Rebellion ChinaColonies take decades to gain independence -following WWII indep. movements1950s last to gain indep. from European countriesConflict:Na’vi rebel and fight for homeland and sacred sitesJake unties warring tribesNa’vi are successfully able to overthrow colonizersHumans leave/ Na’vi are independent
9 Tips to Consider…Turn in essay on time- for every day late 2 points offA point will be taken off for every time “I, you, me, or my” is used in addition to “This is what I will cover in my essay”Must follow structure: Although statement, topic sentences, and clincherBack up all examples/ explainConnect ideas
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