Essay 3: Argumentative Essay with Research Element
For this third essay, you will use at least two secondary sources about a film to prove a thesis that you will develop about your “reading” of that film. First, select a film about which you want to write. Then, locate two film reviews (secondary sources): at least one from an online source, and at least one from a periodical source. The online source and periodical sources must be taken from the choices below:
Online Sources for Film Reviews
The A.V. Club: http://www.avclub.com
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com (make sure to click on the critics’ reviews, NOT users’ reviews)
Roger Ebert.Com Movie Reviews: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=REVIEWS
Although you may not use this as a secondary source for your film review, the Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com) is a good place to locate information about various films, actors, and directors.
Periodical Sources for Film Reviews
The New York Times
The New Yorker
The Washington Post
Go to the BCC Library page to access the full text of these sources online. See http://www.bergen.edu/pages/2628.asp to access the BCC Library’s Newspaper page.
What is a secondary source?
If you need to review the difference between primary and secondary sources, go ahead and read this online Web page. In addition to the (minimum) 2 film reviews, you are encouraged (but not required) to use one of the readings you did in Week 6 in The World is a Text as a secondary source for this paper.
What is a thesis?
We discussed thesis statements when writing Essays 1 and 2. If you need some help developing a thesis for Essay 3, take a look at the PowerPoint presentation "Moving From Topic to Thesis."
Requirements for Essay 3:
This paper must have a clearly defined thesis (to be approved by Prof. Jonaitis in advance).
This paper must reference at least two secondary sources--one periodical located through the BCC Library page, and one online film review.
This paper must be double spaced and in MLA format.
This paper must have a Works Cited page that contains at least two sources.
This paper must use parenthetical documentation throughout the body of the paper.
This paper must use quotations correctly and effectively. (See "Using Quotations" for more on how to use quotations correctly.)
movie choice: brokeback mountain
**highlight thesis statement**
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