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Questions to Consider:
- What is the authorâ€™s thesis/main point?
- Has the author over summarized the TV or Film?
- Is the paper written in third person?
- What has the author selected to analyze?
- What examples/evidence is provided that supports the authorâ€™s thesis/main point?
- Are there smooth transitions between ideas and paragraphs?
- Are there clear connections between the paragraphs and the authorâ€™s thesis?
- Do you have any suggestions/comments for the author?
Write an essay in which you analyze a TV show or a film of your choice. Your paper should analyze ONE of the following:
- An underlying theme (message) communicated by the show or film; OR
- One or more of the main characters, their conflict (problems), and the way they deal with these conflicts, or the way they transform over the course of the show or film, OR
- Any cultural myths (unquestioned belief system) or stereotypes (generalizations about a group), which may occur in the show or
- Make sure that your paper does more than simply summarize what The focus of the paper should be a critical response to the TV show or film.
- Your paper should be organized around a thesis statement, which will make some kind of point about what happens in the TV show or
- You can make any statement that you wish, but they must be supported with specific examples or details from the TV show or (You may need to watch the TV show or film a couple of times to depict the scenes in your paper).
- 3-Â4 pages in length
- Typed, double space (Times New Roman, Calibri font)
- MLA Format (be sure to cite correctly)
- Correct grammar, punctuation and sentence/paragraph formation (academic writing/language)
Rubric for Grading this Essay:
|Thesis/Central Point (30%)||
Writer’s thesis or central point regarding the analysis is not clear.
Writer states central point or thesis statement. Thesis statement or central point is somewhat developed.
Writer’s thesis statement or central point is thoughtful, complex and thoroughly explained.
(21 â€“ 30 points)
|Textual Evidence/Analysis (30%)||
Evidence is not specific. Writer does not include at least three pieces of textual evidence. Evidence is simple and not fully explored and/or analyzed. Evidence does not support the writer’s thesis.
Includes at least three textual references to back up thesis, but they are not thoroughly explained, examined and/or analyzed.
Evidence is not specific and/or does not support the writer’s thesis statement.
Includes at least three textual references to back up thesis or central point. This evidence is specific, complex and thoroughly explained, and/or analyzed. Evidence is quoted or paraphrased and clearly supports the writer’s thesis statement.
|Essay Structure (20%)||
Essay does not have introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Body paragraphs are not clear.
Essay has and introduction and a conclusion. Includes body paragraphs.
Essay has a clear introduction, conclusion and clear body paragraphs.
Paragraphs have topic sentences. Conclusion summarizes the point of the essay.
(14 â€“ 20 points)
The essay clearly has not been edited. There are numerous spelling, punctuation errors, and sentence structure problems. There are errors when using MLA format.
There are few spelling errors. Student uses mostly proper grammar, including correct punctuation and sentence structure in most cases. There may be errors when using MLA format.
Essay uses correct grammar, including spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. Sentences are complete. Student uses capitalization where needed. Citation references follow the MLA format. Work has clearly been edited.
(14 â€“ 20 points)