The focus of the thesis will be what you believe to be the film maker’s message, the theme or the lesson learned you have taken away from the classic film you have selected and viewed. It will be a three-part thesis which covers the following areas for support of your focus: Characterization, Setting and Theme/Lesson Learned. Once your thesis is peer reviewed by your classmates and approved by your professor, compose a six (6) paragraph, min. 1,200 word / max.1,300 word, Research Essay with a minimum 1,000 word Rough Draft which will be submitted to the Turnitin Drop Box if you so choose (use of TurnItIn is not mandatory this section of ENC1102). Include at least three credible research sources within your essay as well as a Works Cited section using correctly formatted MLA documentation. PLEASE NOTE: At least one source must come from the SPC Library Online Database. Review the Research Essay Rubric as your guide for organizing, drafting, revising and editing this essay.
II. Essay Guidelines for Each of the Six Paragraphs 1st Paragraph: The Introductory Paragraph – Offer your overall impression of the film while providing the movie’s title, director and key actors. Then, provide a thesis where you state what you believe to be the film maker’s message – the theme OR the Lesson Learned – you have taken away from this classic film. Remember, this will be a three-part thesis where you state the central focus of the essay and then preview the three areas you will be discussing: Characterization, Setting and Theme. 2nd Paragraph: Body Paragraph, Decade Summary – Provide a brief overview of the popular culture of the decade in which your film was made, with an emphasis on how your film may have been influenced by the events of that decade. 3rd Paragraph: Body Paragraph, Characters/Characterization – Discuss the characterization(s) of one or two of the central characters in the film. How did the actors portray these key character roles? Provide specific examples/scenes from the film as you develop this portion of the essay. 4th Paragraph: Body Paragraph, Setting: Discuss the film’s setting. How did this setting enhance the film maker’s message? Was it believable? Provide specific examples/scenes from the film as you develop this portion of the essay. 5th Paragraph: Theme/LESSON LEARNED: What was the message about life/the theme or the LESSON LEARNED conveyed within this Classic Film? How did the filmmaker convey this message to his audience? 6th Paragraph: Conclusion: This is your opportunity to sum up what you have learned and to make your recommendation regarding this film! 8 Step one: Your Research Essay Proposal document should include 4 parts: Your research topic, research focus, and why you have chosen this topic/focus (3-4 sentences) Your working thesis (a statement, not a question) An overview of your resources (3-5 sentences) A working plan or outline (2-3 sentences) * Step 2: I attached an example of a 3 level outline on how the teacher wants Write an outline for your findings. Start with an introduction and your thesis. Refer back to your original proposal, and in the points that correlate to your body paragraphs and subtopics, be sure to note where you plan to include source information.