Rough draft due on June 13th
(2 pages minimum; worth 2.5% of final grade)—EMAIL A COPY TO YOUR PEER REVIEW PARTNER WHEN YOU SUBMIT TO BRIGHTSPACE AND ACKNOWLEDGE WHEN YOU RECEIVE THEIRS
Final draft due on June 23rd (4-5 pages, worth 15% of final grade)
Peer review document due on June 23rd (worth 2.5% of final grade)
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We will now turn to first formal writing assignment: an argumentative paper in which you take a position. An argumentative paper has a thesis; this provides your paper with the backbone for your points and gives the paper shape and focus. We will talk about thesis-building during our peer review session and I will help you with your thesis statement. The writing assignments build on each other in this class, making for better writing at a more relaxed pace. You may borrow material from your postings or your reaction paper 1 to use in this paper, as long as it fits the parameters of your new paper. You cannot simply cut and paste! I would like to see some re-writing if you chose to include past material. This is an important skill that we will be learning, and one that you can apply to your assignments in other classes as well.
Note on the evaluation of the rough draft: I do not evaluate this formally with a grade. That means if you complete the assignment and have 2 pages of a rough draft, you get the points! This is meant to encourage you to get started and jump right in! I give lots of feedback, too, and you have the opportunity to meet with me individually for extra help. I would rather give more feedback at the draft stage so that you have a chance to incorporate it! Your draft may not have a thesis yet and may be more of a collection of ideas, etc. Just write what you can and turn it in!
Note on peer review work: If your peer review partner does not respond and is unreachable (within 2 business days of sending your paper), please let me know, as I may need to reassign you or give you another activity. You do not lose the points if your peer review partner does not respond, but you must let me know right away!
Paper topics (Choose one):
You can either treat The Passion of Augustine or Inch’Allah Dimanche.
These questions are meant to get you started in your thinking. You may not answer all parts of one prompt equally, and that is to be expected.
Be sure to cite specific examples to ground your analysis and back up your points. To make your paper stronger, tie your analysis to broader themes and issues within the work (the larger picture of why the film was made or what is the “point” of the film). Why would anyone watch this film and what might we better understand or learn from it?
One way to think about analysis is to be aware of different levels of analysis. Here are three:
WHAT HAPPENED? This level is composed primarily summary and should not make up the bulk of your discussion. Assume the reader has watched the film but may not have noticed the issues or aspects you raise. When doing plot summary, keep it brief; do it mainly to remind us of what scene you are analyzing. You can choose to describe events in the present tense or the past tense, but try to be consistent throughout your paper.
HOW IS IT PRESENTED? This level will make up the bulk of your discussion. Discuss the construction of characters, scenes, etc. and how they are presented in relation to themes and key issues. Who are we meant to identify with and how does that change our perception of the events of the film?
WHY DO WE CARE? This is the hardest level to reach and you may only hint at this in your paper. Why would someone watch this film and what aspect of society or culture, etc. might we better understand as a result of watching it? What are the main themes and issues that the filmmaker is trying to convey? You will want your thesis to touch upon this level (if possible) and so you would address it in the introduction, conclusion, and perhaps somewhere in the body of your paper.
CHOOSE ONE TOPIC TO ADDRESS IN YOUR PAPER:
If you are stuck and not sure how to start:
Polishing your paper: