Do you relate to Maria’s experience of growing up without seeing herself and her culture represented positively (or at all) in the media?

Once I Was You Homework: Writing Prompt #1
Directions: In a Word document, type the writing prompt as well as your response (no more than one page). Don’t forget to include a heading as well as proper MLA formatting of the page (no citations required).
Prompt: (Located in the Topics and Questions for Discussion section in the back of the book)
“Why does Maria find it so thrilling to watch West Side Story for the first time on television? Describe the effect watching this film has on her. Do you think it’s important for young people to see themselves represented in media? Why or why not?
Extra Credit (+5 pts.)
Do you relate to Maria’s experience of growing up without seeing herself and her culture represented positively (or at all) in the media? For example, reporting the news, in movies, on TV and in popular culture. Explain, using specific examples.

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