Updated Essay 3 Deadline

December 13, 2019

Your current due date of your final draft of Essay 3 is Friday, December 20th by 11:59 pm VIA EMAIL.

Please note my syllabus policy that you MUST receive a confirmation email from me for your paper to be considered submitted.

Final Announcements

December 10, 2019

For Class on Wednesday, December 11th:

Please bring a copy of all the comments you have received from me throughout the semester. We will be creating our portfolio on the last day of class. .

Your portfolio assignment consists of the following:

  • Your portfolio assignment is a chance for you to reflect on your writing throughout the semester. This is the opportunity for you to identify where your strengths are and where your weaknesses are. You will use this assignment and my comments to identify where you have struggled and how you have learned to correct those struggles in your writing. If you are still struggling in those areas, reflect on why. If you have started to struggle in new areas, identify ways you could correct them.
  • It must be in letter form addressed to me
  • It should be two typed, pages size 12 Times New Roman
  • It must be emailed to me no later than Friday, December 13th at 11:00pm.

If you have not come for your mandatory (per the syllabus) meeting with me yet this semester, Wednesday will be the last day to do so.

Your current due date of your final draft of Essay 3 is Thursday, December 19th by 11:59 pm VIA EMAIL. However, If I receive 19 Course Evaluations I will extend the deadline to Friday, December 20th by 11:59pm.

Please note my syllabus policy that you MUST receive a confirmation email from me for your paper to be considered submitted.

Course evaluations can be found here: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/evaluate

See you on Monday!

Final Announcements

December 5, 2019

For Class on Monday, December 9th:

Please come prepared with a copy of your draft (it can be electronic)!

For Class on Wednesday, December 11th:

Please bring a copy of all the comments you have received from me throughout the semester. We will be creating our portfolio on the last day of class.

If you have not come for your mandatory (per the syllabus) meeting with me yet this semester, Monday and Wednesday will be the last day to do so.

Your current due date of your final draft of Essay 3 is Wednesday, December 18th by 11:59 pm VIA EMAIL. HOWEVER, if I receive 18 course evaluations I will extend the deadline to Thursday December 19th.

Course evaluations can be found here: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/evaluate

See you on Monday!

Announcements

December 2, 2019

For Class on Wednesday, December 4th:

Please come prepared with a copy of your draft (it can be electronic)!

Your current due date of your final draft os Essay 3 is Monday, December 16th. HOWEVER, if I receive 15 course evaluations I will extend the deadline to Wednesday December 18th.

Course evaluations can be found here: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/evaluate

See you on Wednesday!

Announcements

November 28, 2019

For Class on Monday, December 2nd:

Please come prepared with two copies of your rough draft of Essay 3. We will be workshopping your essays.

Your current due date of your final draft os Essay 3 is Wednesday, December 11th. HOWEVER, if I receive 10 course evaluations I will extend the deadline to Monday, December 16th. If I receive 15 course evaluations I will extend the deadline to Wednesday December 18th.

Course evaluations can be found here: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/evaluate

Have a great weekend!

Exercise 3.2

November 20, 2019

Due Wednesday November 27th by Email by 1:30pm

For your upcoming Exercise 3.2 I would like for you to create an Annotated Bibliography. To do this, you should be thinking about what you want to write Essay 3 about. We have already begun discussing some possible ideas and topics.

You should provide at least 7 possible sources you think you might use in your upcoming Essay 3 (Your exhibit counts as one source). You may use sources you find on your own or sources we have discussed in class already.

You should think about finding sources that cover all ranging topics;
a specific socio – historical context
a specific genre, class, or trend
a specific debate or scholarly conversation

For each source you select please write why you think it relates to your argument. You should have at least 3 bullet points or sentences for each source as to why it will be useful in your essay.

All sources should be in proper MLA formatting.

Exercise 3.1

November 13, 2019

The goal of this exercise is to identify two possible exhibits for your scholarly research essay

Due by 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 20th

Review the assignment guidelines for Essay 3. Your exhibit can be:

  • a feature-length movie (like Last Lovers Left Alive or It)
  • a music video (like Kanyé West’s “Monster” music video or Taylor Swift’s “…Ready For It?” music video)
  • a documentary (like Grizzly Man or Super Size Me)
  • a short film or episode between 4 and 60 minutes

As in Essay 2, you do not have to choose an exhibit that has an explicit monster; you may choose an exhibit that has an aspect that is conceptually monstrous. Whatever you choose, make sure it is something that you are genuinely interested in examining and writing about. Remember that, like Latoya Peterson, you will ultimately focus on and analyze specific aspects of your exhibit – not the “entire” exhibit!

Writing

List two film exhibits that you could possibly analyze for your scholarly research essay. Cite them using MLA style. Make sure that they are not the same type of film i.e. do not choose two movies or two music videos.

Essay 3 Assignment

November 13, 2019

PROGRESSION 3 ASSIGNMENT: SCHOLARLY RESEARCH ESSAY
Use a variety of contextual, theoretical, and argument sources to produce an insightful argument about the meaning, function, and significance of a specific “monstrous” element of a film of your selection. You should aim to explore a specific interpretive or intellectual problem evident in the film by closely analyzing the film itself and critically engaging with existing arguments about the film and theoretical “conversations” related to the film. Your essay should show familiarity with the work of experts and all sources should be documented using the MLA in-text citation method. A strong essay of this sort typically draws on no fewer than seven (7) sources.
In other words, you will be attempting an “intellectual review” of your selected film. To do so, you will need to situate your review within at least three contexts:
the socio-historical context i.e. you must consider the sociopolitical and historical factors that contribute to the exhibit’s popularity (or unpopularity).
the generic context i.e. you must evaluate the exhibit within the conventions of the particular genres that define it.
the existing map of opinion i.e. you must critically engage existing ideas about your exhibit in order to develop your own original viewpoints.
Continue to work on the goals from the first two assignments:

use the introduction to orient the reader and identify an intellectual problem embodied in an appropriate exhibit; formulate a strong main claim;
establish a clear motive;
maintain a coherent structure;
support your argument with evidence and reasons;
write in a fluent and clear style;
smoothly integrate argument and theoretical sources;
explain key terms;
offer an interesting and informative title.
Contextualize your exhibit by using sources to frame it within:

a specific socio – historical context
a specific genre, class, or trend
a specific debate or scholarly conversation
Make sure that the stance of your argument is clear—that readers know where your essay stands in the existing conversation(s) about your exhibit.

Analyze pertinent aspects of your exhibit(s) in order to draw cogent conclusions. Offer an analysis of argument and theoretical sources, interpreting their central claims, evaluating their arguments, and explaining their significance in terms of your own claim.

Reflect on and complicate your argument: consider counter evidence, counter- interpretations, counterarguments, anomalies, and draw out implications.

Have an intriguing and informative title.

Adhere to all relevant formatting guidelines described in the course syllabus.

The final draft must be between 1800 and 2000 words

Exercise 2.3

November 3, 2019

Due Wednesday, 11/6 by 9:00am

Post your revised thesis for Essay 2 as a comment to this post. Then identify all the sub-points in your thesis. These sub-points should be developed and supported in the analysis paragraphs of your essay. See the example below:

Using evidence from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s own life (1) I argue that the “Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an insightful look into role of women (2) in unhappy marriages in the late 19th century (3).  “The Yellow Wallpaper” emphasizes that marital unhappiness (4) can lead to mental instability (5) and that when this instability is met with dismissal (6) it can have disastrous effects (7). 

Important Announcement

October 23, 2019

Please keep in mind that the last day to withdraw from classes is Tuesday, November 5th. If you withdraw from classes prior to Tuesday, November 5th you will only receive a W on your transcript which will not affect your GPA. You should be aware that if you are not submitting assignments such as homework and rough drafts this will significantly negatively impact your grade and your chances of passing the class. Absences from class and lack of participation will also negatively impact your grade.

If you have any questions or concerns about your grade, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. 

Also, be aware that if you have not done so already you are required to come to one mandatory meeting with me in my office at some point throughout the semester.