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Unformatted text preview: School of Arts and Letters Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies AK/HUMA 1780 6.0A SU Stories in Diverse Media Assignment #2 Due date: August 10, 2009 1 Write a comparison essay of approximately 2000‐2500 words (7‐9 double‐spaced pages, 12‐ point font) worth 25% of your grade on one of the following topics. The essay must follow point‐by‐point format (see final page of these instructions) and demonstrate the completion of a research component worth 10% of the final grade for the paper. Please write your paper in third‐person and number your pages in the top right‐hand corner. 1. Eudora Welty argues that “place has the most delicate control over character … by confining character it defines it.” Discuss the function of physical setting in Henry James’s the Turn of the Screw by comparing it to Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others, or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Kenneth Branagh’s movie adapted from her novel. How does the change in medium affect your experience of the gothic aspects of these stories? 2. What happens when a film adapts its source text from a graphic novel? How does a filmmaker transform the visual nature of the source text? Discuss Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by comparing it to Chris Nolan’s adaptation of it. 3. Compare Alice Walker's novel, The Color Purple, to Steven Spielberg's movie version, by discussing changes in character that are affected by the new medium. How does language (the tool of the novelist) influence your understanding of a character? How is the filmic apparatus different? What does the medium of film do to the representation of Celie, Sophia, Shug, Albert, and/or Harpo? Do changes in character alter the plot in any direct way? 4. When novels such as L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are adapted into musicals like Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz, many plot components are affected. Some events in the narrative are expanded with song and dance, some are completely omitted, still others are transformed into something new. What is the effect of such additions, omissions, or expansions on the narrative sequence of events? What happens to the beginning of the story? What happens to the ending? How do changes in the plot modify the depictions of the characters? The Research Component for a Critical/Analytical Essay 2 You are required to consult at least THREE critical OR historical sources (EXCEPTION: DO NOT USE WEBSITES FROM THE INTERNET or BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON THE AUTHOR). Integrate at least one or more comments from ONE article into your paper. This is worth 10% of the grade for this assignment. Your sources must be articles in scholarly journals or essays/chapters in books—in other words, reputable sources that have been vetted by scholars in the field. You can find these articles through York's electronic journals database, or by making a trip to a library. I recommend that you use the MLA Database or the Project Muse Database (both available through Yorkline) to access reputable journals online. All three of your sources must be referenced on your Works Cited page. Consult the Thomson Nelson Guide to Essay Writing for help with writing a research paper (especially chapter 1 pages 5, 10‐11, and 13‐20). The Essay Writing guide is also helpful for paragraph form (chapter 5), conventions of essay writing (chapter 6), and common errors in grammar, punctuation, and usage (chapter 7). Be sure to review these chapters before writing your paper, if you have not done so already. Consulting secondary sources consists of 4 things: 1) Reading the texts. 2) Assessing their merits—how do they help you to understand the course material or the topic better? Do you agree with the arguments presented? How is your thinking different from the critics'? 3) Commenting on at least one source in the body of your essay. THIS IS YOUR PROOF THAT YOU HAVE DONE THE WORK ABOVE. WITHOUT IT YOU WILL LOSE 10%. At a relevant point in your discussion, summarize the critic's argument in two or three sentences, and comment on the merits of that argument in relationship to the works you are discussing. 4) All secondary and primary sources must be cited using MLA format on both the Works Cited page and throughout the essay using parenthetical documentation. Please do not use footnotes or endnotes. Make sure you consult pages 79 to 97 in the Essay Writing guide for specific guidance on MLA parenthetical documentation and format for essays. Be sure to include the following elements in your essay: 1) Create a succinct and persuasive thesis. Please refrain from simply stating that one text or film is better than the other. Instead, focus your argument by exploring how the two versions are different and/or similar. Make sure you have an argument. Hint: the differences are more interesting! 2) Expand on your support for your thesis by providing evidence. 3) Include at least one reference to a secondary source. 4) Discuss the implications of your findings in your concluding paragraph. How does your argument help us to understand the texts and concepts in new ways? 5) Please number your pages and create an effective title that introduces your argument in a creative way. Assignment Upload As with the first assignment, you will be submitting assignments by using the Assignment Upload Website. Please refer to the steps below for an understanding of the basic procedure. Step 1: Step 2: Go to: http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/cde/assignmentupload Login to the system with your Passport York username and student number. Your username is the first part of your York Student E‐mail account. For example, for [email protected] the UDER ID is "joes" Choose our course from the list of your enrolled distance courses: AK/HUMA 1780 6.0A Stories in Diverse Media Upload your assignment and fill out the required Course Assignment Cover Form. Students upload by attaching their assignment files using the detailed instructions on the website. If you wish to resubmit (before the assignment deadline), your most RECENT resubmission is the one collected for marking. Submit and keep a hardcopy of your confirmation of submission. 3 Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: Again, if you experience any technical difficulties call Distance Education at 416‐736‐5831 or email [email protected] Turnitin.com For the assignments in AK/HUMA 1780A Stories in Diverse Media, I am also asking that you upload your essays to Turnitin.com. How to upload your assignment to Turnitin.com: 1. Go to www.turnitin.com. * If you are a returning user, enter your email address and password. * If this is your first visit, click on “New Users” [top right‐hand corner] and follow the enrollment wizard that will take you through the process of creating a profile. 2. The class name is AK/HUMA 1780 6.0A Stories in Diverse Media The class ID number is 2755443. The class enrollment password is: salome 3. If you already have your own profile (from a previous course), you can login and enroll in our class (AK/HUMA 1780 6.0A Stories in Diverse Media). 4. Once you are on the course page, click on “submit paper” which to the right of “Assignment #1.” Wait for your essay to upload. 5. Make sure that you upload your assignment to Turnitin.com AND Distance Education by the due date. AK/HUMA 1780 6.0A Stories in Diverse Media 4 Point‐by‐Point Format for a Comparison Essay An argumentative thesis should include three things: 1. your claim or assertion 2. the evidence that supports this claim 3. the order in which you will be presenting your evidence An example of point‐by‐point format • This type of essay compares and contrasts the two texts under examination, category by category. INTRODUCTION includes thesis and structure of essay POINT 1 Text A ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Text B POINT 2 Text A ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Text B POINT 3 Text A ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Text B CONCLUSION ...
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