This week you will develop
a 750-1250-word argument research paper based on the film assigned to
your group, and for which you have been doing various activities, such
as engaging in a discussion and developing an annotated bibliography. Your
goal is to develop an argument
thesis that identifies with specific elements
(characters, plot, and / or setting) of the film that reflect the achievement of the American Dream OR disillusionment with the American Dream. For this essay, you
will be using at least 4 to 6 research sources. Follow these criteria in
developing your essay:
A good introduction relevant to the subject and your film
Develop well-argued body paragraphs that contain topic sentences
which refer back to the thesis and provide supporting details from
the film and your analyses. Well-argued body paragraphs focused
on clear main ideas. Each main idea must: be
introduced with a topic sentence, include critical analysis
supported with clear and specific examples (reference to scenes) from the
film, be further supported with critical and scholarly sources and
conclude by showing its relation to the thesis.
Use the film and your scholarly research as resources to develop your
argument. You may use sources that you have researched, and/or you may use
resources identified by your peers.
Use a strong organizational structure with clear transitional sentences
Write a conclusion that reemphasized the thesis statement
An MLA formatted works cited page with 4-6 sources of relevant
Inclusion of properly formatted in-text citations for all sources used
in the essay (using the MLA parenthetical form of citations).
Create your film argument
essay on the film assigned to your group. Your essay must have a
strong argument thesis that asserts the connections between the
American Dream theme and the film. Essay must use correct formatting according to MLA in terms of spacing,
heading, font, indenting, in-text citation, works cited,
etc. For help with how to formulate an argument or correct
formatting see Argument in the Unit/General Resources tab at left.
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.RTF format and submit as an attachment using the BLUE link
above. Be sure to click the Submit button or I won't
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This assignment requires you to use all of the skills you have
been developing to analyze multiple texts, develop and support an
argument, follow a process for writing, and use and cite sources properly.