Small Theory Papers
MLA Format Criteria:
- Font-type: Times New Roman
- Font-Size: only 12 point
- Indents: first line of each paragraph of the body indents 1/2" (not five space bar clicks)
- Spacing: Double space every line in the paper (no more, no less)
- Margins: 1" from all sides (page number header will be within that inch, and that is ok.) From the top, your masthead must be 1"
- No Bold
- No Underlines
- No exclamation marks--EVER!!!!!!!!
- A paragraph should be no less than 1/3 the size of a page and no larger than 1/2 the size of a page.
- Word sets extra spacing after paragraphs; highlight all, right click, choose paragraphs, and set spacing after paragraphs to zero
- Do not exceed one page.
- Page 2 is for the Works Cited page only
- ONLY use Valencia's MLA site; any other form of citation than Valencia is wrong, regardless of the source.
- Double check with this page for proper formatting for papers in my Composition courses.
General Grading Rubric
- 10 points for properly formatting
- 5 points for explaining the theory
- 15 points for correctly quoting a source
- 5 points for connecting the theory to your film
- 15 points for correctly citing the source on a works cited page
Structure of the Theory Papers
(paragraphs should be 1/3 to 1/2 the length of a piece of paper.)
- 1st paragraph: Theory Paragraph
- Do not use any introduction
- Immediately discuss the theory
- Do not use the words "defined" or "definition"
- Include who created the theory or who the theory is attributed to
- Quote an article or primary work to help you discuss what the theory means.
- Do not use the sources that are hyperlinked on the theory list. Find your own.
- Do not use dictionaries or encyclopedias or quote aggregators.
- Give some examples of the theory (but not in regards to your film)
- 2nd paragraph: Analysis Paragraph
- Think that what you are doing in this paragraph is to help someone understand the theory better by showing that person how the theory relates to your film
- Depending on the theory, you might discuss many examples, or maybe even just one long example.
- Also, depending on the theory, you might be using a specific scene as an example, or perhaps the whole film, or possibly the audience's relationship to the film.
- Avoid 1st person discussions; if the theory and film connect to you in a personal way, then assuredly a few others have felt that same connection, so say "some people" instead of "I" or "me"
Using Quotes in a paper
- I demand the following method by which you present quotes. (FYI: Crowe is the last name of the author in the examples below, and thus the first word in the citation in the Works Cited)
- The bold words and the underlined words are for representing the parts below. DO NO use bold or underline in our paper.
- A full sentence giving the first word from the works cited citation and the general idea of the quote that will follow: "the actual word-for-word quote"
- Crowe suggests that when dogs first meet, they should do so in a place new to both of them: "Introduce the dogs in a neutral location that is unfamiliar to both dogs, such as a park."
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