and Final Exam (15% midterm, 20% final)
15% Class “Hot Seat” Exercise (class discussion; 2 page reflection paper)
On this day, you will be responsible for starting discussion of class materials. You should take notes on the reading/film for that day and have 3 questions to consider/discuss; 2 scenes or passages that are relevant; 1 overriding observation or point of connection to readings.
After your presentation, you will submit a 2 page reflection on your choices and thoughts about the topic and passage/clip you selected to explore. You should have a “thesis” about the passage, clip, or image; you should employ Giannetti’s vocabulary of film and textual analysis to discuss the clip/passage; you should arrive at a conclusion about the clip/passage and what it shows about adaptation, visual style, or narrative. Include a works cited page as well that lists any sources you use (Giannetti, the film itself, etc.) The essay is due the Monday after you present; you don’t need to do a weekly discussion posting on Canvas the week that you are submitting your essay.
10% Class attendance, participation, quizzes, Canvas activities
Canvas postings will be due before class on the day assigned on your schedule, and you will respond to a posted question regarding the readings/viewings for this week. These posts are usually about 250 words long, and are formal, proofread, reflections on readings/films. You should cite any materials you summarize or quote.
This is a student-centered course, depending upon you for quality discussion. If you must be absent, make sure you let me know in advance if possible and use extra credit to compensate for your absence. Tardiness of more than 10 minutes equals an absence. Each student may take 2 personal days with only a slight attendance penalty that can be compensated for with extra credit. After 2 absences, a 10% penalty will be taken off the total participation grade for each additional absence.
20% Novel to Film final project
(Includes 500 word opening project statement, scene analysis; 3-5 annotated soucres; 3-5 PPT or Google slides with “findings”)
Develop a final project on an adaptation from page to film that you haven’t yet written about. Think of this as a proposal for a “Hot Seat” presentation in which you choose your own movie/book adaptation and find independent reviews or sources that help you appreciate the original work and its adaptation. You’ll turn in the proposal & annotated bibliography, along with at least 5 slides on your “findings” as your final project. Like the Hot Seat, your slides should focus on 3 questions, 2 scenes and at least one overall “finding.”
I would prefer you study an adaptation of something we haven’t read/viewed in class, but if that’s not realistic for you, you can work in more depth and find additional sources about a book/film we studied in class, as long as it’s not the subject of your Hot Seat or Critique (so you do need to work with material you haven’t written about before in this class).
20% Film Critique (4-5 pages, 1000-1500 words, revised from Canvas posting)
Take an idea about one of the films we have screened in class or as weekend viewing and develop it more thoroughly by bringing a reading of a key scene into dialogue with a specific reading from the course. You may not write on the same subject as your “Hot Seat” essay.
For example, you could watch Citizen Kane, read Giannetti’s “Synthesis” chapter on Citizen Kane, and critique the sledding scene with your own reading in conjunction with Giannetti’s observations about the film. Reviews by other critics that you have read and discussed on Canvas can count as class readings–but ONLY if you used the review in a posting already and are revising that posting. No outside research is required. Minimum expectations: Analyze at least 1 key scene using 1 class reading. Attach a Works Cited page and be sure to cite all your sources, including films, in such a way that the exact copy of the film or article you are using is easily located.