OBJECTIVES FOR SCREENING REPORTS: Encourage students to engage critically and moving beyond personal or gut reactions about a film through assigned readings. Demonstrate an understanding of the film in the context of the readings. Understand womens’ roles in a given culture and context. Understand films as cultural texts that represent social and political structures KEYWORDS: Each film has a set of readings that contain keywords that are meant to be the focus for screening reports, for use in presentations, compiling questions and evaluation papers and to be used as a study guide in the final exam. The keywords are found in the document file for the specific film. The keywords compiled by the professor represent important themes and topics that are found in the readings (I WILL ATTACH THE READINGS OF PROVOKED AND PIANO) CRITERIA: Three short (maximum five pages, doublespaced) critical screening reports about different films and readings’ keywords that are. Use 5 keywords from the readings using the language of the assigned readings. Do not summarize the readings or film. Papers should include critical comments, a short discussion and/or critique of some interesting issue; a contentious point and/or an argument interacting with the assigned readings and main keywords. When possible define the keywords with examples from the film. You may also mix readings. You could apply any readings’ keywords with any film viewed in class up to the due date. For example, we view PROVOKED with specific assigned readings’ keywords but you may compare and contrast PROVOKED with PIANO. References should be intext citations and endnotes or reference cited page. (Quotes from films should be placed in quotation and referenced). CRITERIA FOR AN “A” PAPER: An “A” paper can go beyond defining 5 main keywords by bringing about a deeper understanding of how they apply to the film/readings. An A paper might compare and contrast readings and keywords from two films. An “A” paper you should use at least one outside resources in your discussion. “A” papers should discuss at least 5 main keywords (no less). However, the paper should not exceed the limit of 5 pages when ever possible. What to write about: Choose a film/s you liked and/or keywords/readings that you understood or resonate with. Can you take some of the main points from this film and apply them to another film viewed to this point in class? (A paper potential) Can you compare and contrast characters in the same film and/or two different films while using the keywords from a reading? Can you bring out a point that was not discussed in class? Can you find a point in the readings that could be applied to this film that was not discussed in class or in the presentation? While doing outside research can you illuminate or counter argue a point further than the readings? Identify patterns: Use of repeated elements (called conventions and/motifs). Often a film has a set up patterns that are repeated to illustrate a theme. Can you take a cinematic technique and explain its use in the film and at the same time illustrate some points in the readings? For example, one might think about lighting, sound, and cinematography in a film and how it might help to illustrate a point discussed in the film’s readings/keypoints. Do some outside research about the film and or the topic. For example in Orlando (don’t write about this movie, this is just an example to show you what i mean) we are trying to understand genre and conventions and gender identity. We might do some research about historical costume drama (a type of genre found in the film) to add to the discussion. Outside references should be more than a freestanding quote, or a oneline quote. Structure of the paper: Introduction: In two sentences or less state the film and readings and give a brief synopsis of film. Thesis: State clearly what you are reviewing for the paper. Do this by listing the keywords, in one or two sentences. In this paper I will compare and contrast… review the meaning of … highlight the use of ….., argue that the film or readings… add additional understanding to the discussion about…. Argument and specific examples: Define 5 keywords using examples (using references with intext references). Make your argument and/or illustration concisely your points. Add your outside reference discussion. Conclusion: Briefly review your discussion in the body of the paper. Here you can briefly add your opinion or another expert’s opinion to confirm your findings or to make a statement about the film. Reference: Quotes taken from the text, films, other sources, any use of any quotation marks, any summarization you make from any source should be referenced by intext citations and added to the reference page. Failure to do this will cause the paper to not be accepted. Sentence variety: Formulaic variety: Do you ask a lot of rhetorical sentences? Repetition and vagueness: over explaining is repetition. Examine each paragraph to be sure that you are not repeating. First sentence explains all you need then don’t add an entire paragraph. Combine paragraphs or sentences if needed. Vagueness: Are there two or more summary points to a paragraph? Then you are being vague. Add sentences only to elaborate Word choice. Causal language can use the same words. Use the thesaurus to replace some words but be careful using to formal of words. Replace your repeated commonly used words. Or if you use too formal words or jargon replace some of these. Acronyms – Remind your reader what these stand for throughout the paper (longer papers). Longer paper Style Sheets: every time you come across a choice you have made write it on your style sheet (word choices for acronyms).