written commentaries on required criticism films

  • Purpose: to cultivate the habits of critical reading by making arguments and providing evidence
  • Content: identify an argument (not merely a topic) from a required reading (with direct quotations and page numbers) and discuss it in relation to the designated film of the day
  • Focus: your ability to articulate someone else’ argument and state your interpretation of a film in relation to that argument; mere factual information or plot summary won’t count as an argument
  • Length: 1 double-spaced page or 350 words for each short paper; the portion over the limit will not be graded for credit
  • Grading: out of 10 points for each commentary, 3 for identification of an argument and logical transition, 3 points for film discussion focused on details, and 4 for writing(grammar, expression, coherence, style)
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