Paper Length: 5 pages (no more, no less)
Page 1: Introduce (Introduction) the paper and summarize (Summary) Crash—one complete page in length
- Introduce Crash and Privilege, Power and Difference, as well as the key concepts that you will be discussing in your analysis. Your thesis should contain all five concepts you will discuss in your analysis. Your introduction should be brief, no more than 3-5 concise sentences.
- Please note, concepts are not random quotes pulled from the text, concepts are significant words/phrases used throughout the text (Examples: racism, sexism, isms, matrix of oppression, matrix of domination, oppression, path of least resistance, dominance, etc., but are not entire paragraphs pulled from the textbook). If the concepts/term cannot be defined in Johnson’s words it is not a concept/term/connection. No concept/quote should be more than three sentences from Johnson. No block quotes are permitted.
- Use your own words to summarize the movie, cite at the end of your summary
- Do not borrow language from movie trailers or movie critics
- Do not waste space identifying the actors and the role they played
- Do identify the major characters
- Focus on those parts of the movie that connect to concepts in Privilege, Power, and Difference the major themes of this class—leadership, ethics, activism, diversity, democracy, and social responsibility; however you should not be discussing these pillars in this paper. You must focus on scenes in the film that connect to these concepts.
Page 2: React to Crash—one complete page in length
- Do not express whether you thought the movie was boring, exciting, well-acted (etc.)
- Use “I,” but do not use an informal or unprofessional tone
- Make sure that this section is coherent and well organized (do not fall into the ramblings associated with a “free-flow of consciousness”)
- Do express your reaction to critical events in the movie
- Do express how critical events in the movie might connect to your life
- Do express how you may have acted/reacted under similar circumstances
- Do select two to three scenes/events from the film and react to them (tell me how they made you feel, what you would have done in that position, etc.)
Page 3 and 4: Analysis—connecting the movie to significant concepts in Privilege, Power, and Difference.
- Use direct quotes from Privilege, Power, and Difference to define significant concepts/terms. **If you cannot define it in Johnson’s words then it is not a concept/term. Your quotes should not be more than 3 lines in length. No block quotes are permitted. Please make sure you are not pulling random quotes, the quotes you select must identify and define a concept.
- At least 5 connections, which are direct quotes from Privilege, Power and Difference, that define a concept/term, explained through specific scenes in CRASH.
- Make at least three well developed connections. **Connections are where you find a concept/term in Privilege, Power, and Difference and you define it in Johnson’s words. You then connect that concept to an event in the film CRASH.Concept/terms selected must be definable in Johnson’s words, they cannot be random quotes pulled from the text.
- Please note, concepts are not random quotes pulled from the text, concepts are significant words/phrases used throughout the text (Examples: racism, sexism, isms, matrix of oppression, matrix of domination, oppression, path of least resistance, dominance, etc., but are not entire paragraphs pulled from the textbook). If the concepts/term cannot be defined in Johnson’s words it is not a concept/term/connection. Direct quotes should not exceed three lines of text in your paper.
Page 5: Work Cited
- Use APA citation style
- Cite Crash & Privilege, Power, and Difference only
- Make sure that your entries are in alphabetical order
- Make sure that if your entry is two lines in length that you indent the correct line
- Do not include a cover page (it is not necessary since you will be submitting your paper via the Blackboard site.
- Name in right hand corner of page #1.
- Header on every page with last name and page number
- Title: Summary, Reaction, and Analysis Paper #2: Crash—centered directly below name (SHIFT+ENTER one time below your name, SHIFT+ENTER one time below the title of the paper).
- Do not include the date or the name of the class (since you are uploading it to Blackboard, I have this information).
- 10-12 point font
- Standard (that is, not funky) font (Times New Roman or Arial)
- Standard margins (1” all the way around)
- Standard indent at the beginning of each paragraph
- Standard paragraph length
- Standard space between paragraphs (not two double spaces)
- Italicize titles
- Succinct introduction that introduces Crash and Privilege, Power and Difference, as well as the key concepts that you will be discussing in your analysis. Your thesis should contain the five concepts you will be discussing in your analysis. Your introduction should be concise, no more than 3-4 sentences.
- Succinct conclusion that ties everything together
Warning: You will earn a deficient grade (D+ or below) for committing any one of the following critical errors:
- Not introducing Crash and Privilege, Power and Difference in the first paragraph, as well as the key concepts you will be discussing in your analysis in your introduction paragraph.
- Not italicizing titles of book and film
- Not following the paper structure (to a tee)
- Not including direct quotes from Privilege, Power and Difference (at least 5 direct quotes defining major concepts from Privilege, Power and Difference and connecting them to major scenes in CRASH)
- Not citing Crash and Privilege, Power and Difference and on your works cited page and in-text
- Incorrectly formatting in-text citations (this includes putting the period in the wrong place, adding a comma where there shouldn’t be one and not adding a comma where there should be one, not including the p. # for direct quotes, etc.
- Incorrectly formatting work-cited page (this includes not putting the entries in the correct order (alphabetical) and not indenting the second and third lines of entries)
- Plagiarizing (representing someone else’s work as your own)
- You will earn an automatic zero (0) for submitting a paper that does not meet the basic section and page length requirements.