The “DREAM Syllabus” Zine Project
The “DREAM Syllabus” Zine Project
• 3–4-page Syllabus Write-Up Due Thursday, December 16th
• DREAM Syllabus should reflect a theme/keyword of your choice that is related to this course and its materials.
In this final project, you will have an opportunity to develop your own DREAM Syllabus Zine based on a theme/keyword of your choice. You may choose any central course theme/keyword that is relative to this course and its materials from Week 8 to Week 15 of the syllabus. This project requires you to 1. create a DREAM Syllabus and Zine that examines one central course theme/keyword, 2. synthesize secondary sources and cultural texts, and 3. engages in a critical analysis of text and media. In addition, this project asses your ability to explore major Chicana/o/x and Latina/ox Studies terminology appropriately and to apply themes/concepts to the historical and cultural development for diverse groups within U.S. society.
You will present your DREAM Syllabus theme in the form of a ‘zine, a do-it-yourself booklet inspired by the rasquache sensibility of Chicana/o/x art and centrality of print culture to the Chicano/a/x Movements. Your ‘zine must offer an analysis that uses at least five keywords from the course (i.e. Spatial Entitlement, Queer Punk, Reaganomics, U.S. Central Americans, Latinx Indigeneity, Migration, Chicanx/Latinx Educational Pipeline, DREAM Act, DACA, Undocumented Youth Movement, Ethnic Studies etc…). Themes and keywords are to be chosen in collaboration with your professor and should draw largely from the second half of the quarter. Themes should be selected by the end of Week 13. Be specific about what your keywords means and how they help you to understand and analyze the theme you have selected.
Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s in LA
Chicanx Latinx Leadership
The fight for educational equity
Growing up in CA in the 1980s and 1990s
Music Making and Spatial Entitlement
Hip Hop and Punk Music Scene
Growing up U.S. Central Americans in the U.S.
Indigenous Latinas/os/xs (Zapotecs, Maya, etc.)
Chicanx Latinx Educational Pipeline
Growing up LGBTQ (You can choose this theme highlighted or any one of the other themes listed here)
Undocumented Youth Educational Experience
Undocumented Youth Activism
21st Century Social Movements
All ‘zines must include cover art and a unique title, the equivalent of 700 words of standard written text, 5 entries of correlating media (i.e. illustrative art, collages, poetry), and a bibliography of at least 5 sources (drawn from course readings and lectures). Your entries should highlight the connection between your text and images.
‘ZINE STANDARD DESIGN*
• Page 1: Cover Art
• Page 2-11: Body
o 700 Words of Text
o 5 Entries of Correlating Media
• Page 12: Bibliography
• Printed archival images and documents
• Editorials, essays, articles, commentary, letters
• Images, photographs, drawings
• Interviews, songs, lyrics
• Resource lists, glossaries, time lines
Next, you will present your DREAM Syllabus theme in the form of a syllabus. This is your opportunity to re-examine and rethink a course theme. The course syllabus is the first contact that students will have with the course. It sets the tone. As you develop your syllabus, the question you ought to keep at the center of the process is: What am I saying to my students about this course theme/concept? Your syllabus must offer a course description (minimum 3 pages) that describes purpose and goals of your course and your materials.
Also, all syllabi must include a course title and devise weekly class assignments and activities (i.e. readings, fieldtrips, films, etc.) that will help students understand the material and succeed (4 page). Your description should, also, highlight the five keywords included in your zine. Include a bibliography of at least 5 sources (2 sources from outside the class).
Format: As with all papers, work must be double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1’ margins, page numbers, and your name clearly printed on the first page of your paper. This paper will require you to use Chicago Style, see http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/ (Links to an external site.). Please refer to their citation quick guide’s Author-Date: Sample Citations.
Examples of ‘Zines:
• POC Zine Project, http://poczineproject.tumblr.com (Links to an external site.)
• “How 10 Latinxs Built Their Own Empowering Spaces Through Zines”
https://remezcla.com/features/culture/latinx-empowering-spaces-through-zines/ (Links to an external site.)
• Why we made a Chicano Moratorium project zine https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-17/los-angeles-times-chicano-moratorium-project-zine (Links to an external site.)
• The Purdue Owl, https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/
• The Chicago Manual of Style, http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html