Screening Report Criteria:
OBJECTIVES FOR SCREENING REPORTS:
• Encourage students to engage critically and moving beyond personal or gut reactions
about a film through assigned readings.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the film in the context of the readings.
• Understand womens’ roles in a given culture and context.
• Understand films as cultural texts that represent social and political structures
KEYWORDS: Each film has a set of readings that contain keywords that are meant to be the focus
for screening reports.
• Three short (maximum five pages, double-spaced) critical screening reports about
different films and readings’ keywords that are. Use 6 keywords from the readings using
the language of the assigned readings. Do not summarize the readings or film. Reports
are not opinion papers and the discussion needs to be supported by references sourced.
• Papers should include critical comments, a short discussion and/or critique of some
interesting issue; a contentious point and/or an argument interacting with the assigned
readings and main keywords. When possible define the keywords with examples from the
film. No opinions that are not supported by the resources.
• References should be in-text citations and endnotes or reference cited page. (Quotes from
films should be placed in quotation and referenced). A paper without references may
receive a zero.
CRITERIA FOR AN “A” PAPER:
• An “A” paper can go beyond defining 5 main keywords by bringing about a deeper
understanding of how they apply to the film/readings.
• An A paper might compare and contrast readings and keywords from two films.
• An “A” paper you should use at least one outside resources in your discussion.
“A” papers should discuss at least 5 main keywords (no less). However, the paper should
not exceed the limit of 5 pages when ever possible.
• Please see the rubric for how to achieve an A paper.
Pick a film viewed
in class prior to
the due date.
Choose your keywords
from the readings
What to write about:
a. Choose a film/s you liked and/or keywords/readings that you understood or resonate
1) Can you take some of the main points from this film and apply them to another film
viewed to this point in class? (A paper potential)
2) Can you compare and contrast characters in the same film and/or two different films
while using the keywords from a reading?
3) Can you bring out a point that was not discussed in class?
4) Can you find a point in the readings that could be applied to this film that was not
discussed in class or in the presentation?
5) While doing outside research can you illuminate or counter argue a point further than
6) Identify patterns: Use of repeated elements (called conventions and/motifs).
Often a film has a set up patterns that are repeated to illustrate a theme. Can you take a
cinematic technique and explain its use in the film and at the same time illustrate some
points in the readings? For example, one might think about lighting, sound, and
cinematography in a film and how it might help to illustrate a point discussed in the
Do some outside research about the film and or the topic. For example in Orlando we are
trying to understand genre and conventions and gender identity. We might do some research
about historical costume drama (a type of genre found in the film) to add to the discussion.
Outside references should be more than a free-standing quote, or a one-line quote.
Write a draft so you can be concise.
Write the final paper and review the requirements before submitting.
Structure of the paper:
1. Introduction: In two sentences or less state the film and readings and give a brief synopsis
2. Thesis: State clearly what you are reviewing for the paper. Do this by listing the keywords,
in one or two sentences. In this paper I will compare and contrast… review the meaning of
… highlight the use of ….., argue that the film or readings… add additional understanding to
the discussion about….
3. Argument and specific examples: Define 6 keywords using examples (using references
with in-text references). Make your argument and/or illustration concisely your points.
Add your outside reference discussion.
4. Conclusion: Briefly review your discussion in the body of the paper. Here you can briefly
add your opinion or another expert’s opinion to confirm your findings or to make a
statement about the film.
5. Reference: Quotes taken from the text, films, other sources, any use of any quotation
marks, any summarization you make from any source should be referenced by in-text
citations and added to the reference page. Failure to do this will cause the paper to not be
6. Review the rubric before submission.
7. Submit paper to Safe Assignment: Always use safe assignment to submit your papers.
Label with your name, ID, Chapter and # (of report).
Do your first draft of the paper (do this without stopping):
1. Do an Initial Read through
2. Do a reverse outline
a. As you read each paragraph – write a sub point (each point that a paragraph is
b. You can rearrange paragraph as needed
o Each point should progress from one paragraph to the next
o Each paragraph should build on the previous
o Here you can add some of your research as needed.
3. Edit Content: (some suggestions)
a. A fifteen-word sentence is average.
▪ 40 words too long. Long sentences leave a reader gasping for air by the
time they read the sentence. Long sentences are not the best way to
communicate. Guide the read through your ideas. Don’t use conjunctions and,
b. Too short can be a problem too.
▪ Choppy flow is frustrating and there is no rhythm.
c. Vary sentence length.
▪ Make some shorter and some longer. If you are trying to compare and
contrast the sentence needs to be longer. To make a point use a short
a. Formulaic variety:
▪ Do you ask a lot of rhetorical sentences?
b. Repetition and vagueness: over explaining is repetition.
• Examine each paragraph to be sure that you are not repeating. First sentence
explains all you need then don’t add an entire paragraph. Combine
paragraphs or sentences if needed.
▪ Are there two or more summary points to a paragraph? Then you are
being vague. Add sentences only to elaborate
d. Word choice.
• Causal language can use the same words. Use the thesaurus to replace
some words but be careful using to formal of words.
• Replace your repeated commonly used words. Or if you use too formal
words or jargon replace some of these.
• Acronyms –
• Remind your reader what these stand for throughout the paper (longer
• Longer paper Style Sheets: every time you come across a choice you have
made write it on your style sheet (word choices for acronyms).
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