Writing Prompts - Elsa Herzfeld

Prompt 1

Please watch the video of Elsa Herzfeld as she discusses several central ideas. Determine one central idea from the video and write an essay that both summarizes and analyzes how that central idea is developed over the course of the video, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details. Cite strong and thorough evidence from the video to support your analysis.

Prompt 2

Leaving your home country for another means exchanging one culture for another. One definition of culture is “the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.” List five essential components of Elsa’s culture in Germany before the Holocaust. Write an essay detailing and comparing the culture she and her family found in the United States with the one they left behind. Cite evidence from the film and transcript.