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  • The goal of this exercise is to produce a revised and polished final draft of your scholarly research essay. To produce your final draft, you will extensively revise and develop your formal draft using lessons a […]

  • The goal of this exercise is to evaluate the structure of the formal draft of your scholarly research essay.

    Due by 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 10th
    Estimated time: 30 mins

    Print out a copy of your formal […]

  • The goal of this exercise is to produce a formal draft of your third essay. To produce your formal draft, you will extensively revise and develop your zero draft using ideas from class and suggestions provided in […]

  • As discussed in today’s class, the due for Formal Draft will be changed to December 5th (Wednesday).

    For Monday: Review “Linking Evidence and Claims” by David Rossenwasser et al. and bring the Lens Analy […]

  • For Wednesday: Make sure you can access “Starting with What Others are Saying”, “Acknowledgments and Responses”, and your Zero Draft in class.

    The goal of this exercise is to understand how to acknowl […]

  • For Monday: Read “Starting with What Others are Saying” by Gerald Graff et el. and come to class prepared to discuss its contents.

    The goal of this exercise is to produce a very rough draft (a “zero draft” […]

  • Good start. As discussed today, you could examine the way Nina is portrayed as “monstrous” due to her mental instability, and think about why and how the movie portrays her that way. You might ask yourself; does the environment or society affect Nina’s descent into madness in some way? Would you argue that although monstrous, she is really the victim here?

  • Good effort. I’m curious about your final question because it implies that you have other interpretations about the central message of Super Size Me; what would be the “other problems” that the director addresses (or fails to address) along with obesity? If there are problematic aspects you’ve observed about this documentary, what are they and why…[Read more]

  • Good work, and clear central question. As you’ve stated, you can focus on the intention of the director or writer in portraying interracial relationship in a certain way. Research the existing critical opinion of Black man-White woman relationship portrayed in the movie and form your own opinion as an answer to that.

  • Good start. During the conference hour, you’ve mentioned that you’re interested in the possible relationship between zombie virus tropes and real-life manipulation of people committed by world leaders. You would need to do find scholarly discussions that analyze zombie apocalypse scenarios as some sort of representation of real life, and/or why…[Read more]

  • Good work. As discussed in class, you would want to consider both the racial conflict and people’s willful acceptance of falsehood to get a clear focus. Research critical opinions about this conflict in the film to better understand why and how this is viewed as problematic, and think about your own response to it.

  • Good start. However, it seems that you are focusing more on the real life issue rather than the documentary itself. Since Super Size Me caused some controversy about the method of conveying the message (or how truthful it really is as a documentary), you would need to research existing opinions about it and figure out your own response to the…[Read more]

  • Good start. As discussed in class, you are touching on a very common theme on superhero movies, which is: is the “hero” an actual heroic figure or just a dangerous mutant with terrifying powers? You might want to find some scholarly articles that discuss such dilemma in superhero movies to understand your film’s context better.

  • Good start. You have observed interesting details in the film that affect our way of accepting the romance plot, namely that both the main character and the fish person are outcasts in some way. You might want to ask yourself why this movie chose to portray Elisa as a mute person (surrounded by people who represent minority groups as well), how…[Read more]

  • Fair effort. At this stage you seem to be assuming that Venom and Eddie both have a reason to not want to fight for the humanity, but you would need to elaborate on why you think that way (are there plot points or clues that point towards it?). Also, research professional film critics’ review of Venom to understand what they are saying in terms of…[Read more]

  • Good work. Since you are addressing a central issue/question in the film, you would need to find out what other reviewers and critics are saying about your question. If they seem to argue that the movie picks Nature in favor of Nurture (or the other way around), think about your own response to that and work that into your research question.

  • Good start. Research more to find out the existing opinions about how this movie subverts (or doesn’t subvert) clichés of zombie horror as a genre. Then you might ask: Does this movie’s portrayal of zombies challenge our perception of them as monsters? If such an attempt is being made, is it successful?

  • For Wednesday: Print out and bring your introduction draft (this homework) to class. We will continue working on your introductions. Also, make sure that you can access the “Identifying Proble […]

    • The movie I will be presenting is called Warm Bodies produced by Jonathan Levine. The movie is based on a novel by Isaac Marion in 2010. Three years later it was made into a film starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer. The plot of the story is about a mall zombie named “R” trying to figure out his purpose and is wondering if there is more to life until he meets a girl named Julie while on a hunt for food. He instantly becomes entranced and saves her from a horde of zombies. He takes her with him where she eventually get to know him. Thus the story begins and the journey of how “R” and Julie become friends. Which begs the following questions, are zombies capable of emotions? If so, then can patience and understanding influence a heart that is incapable of feeling?

      • Good start. Research more to find out the existing opinions about how this movie subverts (or doesn’t subvert) clichés of zombie horror as a genre. Then you might ask: Does this movie’s portrayal of zombies challenge our perception of them as monsters? If such an attempt is being made, is it successful?

    • The movie I chose is “Stoker”, which was directed by Park Chan-Wook. The story is about a teenage girl, India Stoker; whose father dies in an accident. Shortly after this her Uncle Charlie, who she did not know existed comes to stay with her and her mother, though his intentions are more sinister than they appear to be, as he begins to groom India to become a murderer. This story focuses on India’s descent into maturity, as well as her evolution into a murderer. As such, the movie tries to show us the humanity among those that everyday people would find monstrous, as we see both Charlie, and India’s motivations, and actions unfold. The questions raised by this movie are: Does Nature or Nurture decide on whether we become monstrous? Is there humanity inside of those that commit unspeakable actions?

      • Good work. Since you are addressing a central issue/question in the film, you would need to find out what other reviewers and critics are saying about your question. If they seem to argue that the movie picks Nature in favor of Nurture (or the other way around), think about your own response to that and work that into your research question.

    • The movie I’ve chosen is Super Size Me produced and directed by Morgan Spurlock. This movie is about Morgan himself going through an experiment of showing the effects of eating fast food for 30 days. Morgan goes through a dramatic change in his life by consuming McDonalds 3 times a day, for 30 days and he is displaying the effects it has on his health, physically and emotionally. He gains about 10 pounds in his first week and started to feel sick and sluggish from eating this fast food and this can be an effect on many americans across the world by eating this fast food product and he is just trying to get a message out about how bad these places can be for you. That goes into the question about fast food restaurant, what can they do to change that effect on their consumers? Is it the ingredients in their products? Also why do some families choose fast food over cooking a meal at home? May it be cost? Maybe it is convenience?

      • Good start. However, it seems that you are focusing more on the real life issue rather than the documentary itself. Since Super Size Me caused some controversy about the method of conveying the message (or how truthful it really is as a documentary), you would need to research existing opinions about it and figure out your own response to the controversy. You might ask yourself: does the documentary suggest a way to avoid unhealthy food?

    • The movie I chose is “To Kill a Mockingbird”, which was directed by Robert Mulligan, release on December 25, 1962. This film through an unfair justice case clearly reflects the serious racial discrimination in the society in the 1960s. And the other interesting observation is that people choose to believe what they want to believe instead of the truth which is still the problem now. In this case, Even though all the proof points that the black guy is innocent, the jury still prefers the white girl who is obviously lying. And during the justice, the lawyer who helped the black guy was also rejected by all the people, and most of them he helped a lot in the past. So, why? why do people choose to believe this girl instead of the truth? Are they really foolish or they just don’t want to admit?

      • Good work. As discussed in class, you would want to consider both the racial conflict and people’s willful acceptance of falsehood to get a clear focus. Research critical opinions about this conflict in the film to better understand why and how this is viewed as problematic, and think about your own response to it.

    • The movie I chose is Biohazard: Damnation which was directed by Makoto Kamiya, released on October 27, 2012. This film is based off the franchise Resident Evil ,and follows the lore of the game as well. The main creatures featured are called BOWs(Bio Organic Weapons). These BOWs are similar and act like zombies. However the main difference is appearance and how they act. These BOWs are initially infected by a parasitic virus which was created by the the umbrella organization . These parasites enter the body and grow eventually turning the host into BOW. These BOWs can also transfer eggs into other human beings, thus infecting others by force. In the film however we can see specific species of BOWs to be controlled by other humans. The question to be asked is who are the real monsters, the BOWs or the ones that control them?

      • Good start. During the conference hour, you’ve mentioned that you’re interested in the possible relationship between zombie virus tropes and real-life manipulation of people committed by world leaders. You would need to do find scholarly discussions that analyze zombie apocalypse scenarios as some sort of representation of real life, and/or why people continue to find such scenarios terrifying.

    • The movie that I chose is Super Size Me, an American documentary, filmed and directed by Morgan Spurlock. The documentary conducts an experiment to see how much weight he gains by eating McDonalds for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 30 days in a month. One of the problems in the country that some people talk about is obesity. The question is why is obesity at problem in this country ?Obesity has been one of the biggest problems in the country due to the fact some people are not active and not eating many healthy foods in their diet. However, this movie expresses this experiment perfectly because he gained a number of pounds from his starting weight from 180 to at least over 200 pounds from all that fast food that he has consumed. Did the writer expresses the central of obesity or could it be other problems ?

      • Good effort. I’m curious about your final question because it implies that you have other interpretations about the central message of Super Size Me; what would be the “other problems” that the director addresses (or fails to address) along with obesity? If there are problematic aspects you’ve observed about this documentary, what are they and why do you find them troubling? Also, researching the existing controversy about this documentary would help you find clearer direction.

    • The film I chose is Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film is about a Psychological horror film about a ballerina(Natalie Portman) who suffers from Paranoid schizophrenia. She feels pressure from her new compitition(mila Kunis) and deals with a dysfunctional family dynamic(mainly her mom). The production requires her to transform from an innocent white swan to a dark and sensual black swan. In a way it is reflective of what’s happening to her in real life with her dance director. Nina(Natalie portman) feel a lot of pressure and breaks at the end of the story. She loses grip on reality and spirals out of control. The Questions raised by the movie are:

      • Is the pursuit of perfection worth the emotional stress?

        • Good start. As discussed today, you could examine the way Nina is portrayed as “monstrous” due to her mental instability, and think about why and how the movie portrays her that way. You might ask yourself; does the environment or society affect Nina’s descent into madness in some way? Would you argue that although monstrous, she is really the victim here?

    • Fair effort. At this stage you seem to be assuming that Venom and Eddie both have a reason to not want to fight for the humanity, but you would need to elaborate on why you think that way (are there plot points or clues that point towards it?). Also, research professional film critics’ review of Venom to understand what they are saying in terms of Venom/Eddie’s heroism.

    • Good start. You have observed interesting details in the film that affect our way of accepting the romance plot, namely that both the main character and the fish person are outcasts in some way. You might want to ask yourself why this movie chose to portray Elisa as a mute person (surrounded by people who represent minority groups as well), how the movie portrays the interspecies romance, and research the existing opinion about this aspect of the movie.

    • Good start. As discussed in class, you are touching on a very common theme on superhero movies, which is: is the “hero” an actual heroic figure or just a dangerous mutant with terrifying powers? You might want to find some scholarly articles that discuss such dilemma in superhero movies to understand your film’s context better.

    • Good work, and clear central question. As you’ve stated, you can focus on the intention of the director or writer in portraying interracial relationship in a certain way. Research the existing critical opinion of Black man-White woman relationship portrayed in the movie and form your own opinion as an answer to that.

  • *For Monday: make sure you can access the handouts “Identifying Problems” and “8 Strategies for Critically Engaging Secondary Sources” in class.

    The goal of this exercise is to use the research resource […]

  • These seem to be good potential exhibits. Good work!

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