Composition 2 Term Paper Rubric

YOU are GOING to FAIL...

  • ...if you believe that a 50/50 score on a theory paper is perfect and ready to be added to your term paper.
  • ...if you believe that I marked every mistake in your theory papers.
  • I am a teacher, not a copy editor.
  • In other words, YES, I let some errors slide by in your small theory papers to see if you'd find them when constructing your term paper.
  • Seek Robert, or Patty, or Amy in the Learning Lab.

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 inthe 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

Pus Words

  • List of Pus Words
    • You only can have 20 of these pus words in your term paper.
    • All of them must be hand numbered with ink: 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.
    • Any Pus word not numbered (or that exceeds 20 total) is penalized at 20 points per word.
    • You may highlight all the pus words first, and then number them after you print. I do not mind highlighted pus words in the final paper.

Structure of the Term Paper

  • Introduction (one paragraph)
    • Summarize the entire paper, include concise results from your analysis.
    • After the Introduction, the reader should not find new ideas below, but rather longer explanations of what was discussed in the Introduction.
  • Film Summary (one paragraph):
      Summarize your film by covering the following:
    • Year released
    • Famous actors
    • Awards
    • Critical Reception
    • Popular reception
    • The Master Plot
    • Brief brief summary of the plot
  • Method (one paragraph)
    • Start with a general overview of how we can use multiple theoretical lenses to examine any subject.
    • Mention how there are hundreds of theories that could be used but that you are only using a few in this paper
    • Discuss those lenses without explaining or defining them.
    • Use people's names where possible.
  • Theory/Analysis (many paragraphs)
    • Lift these paragraphs directly from the mini-theory papers.
    • paragraphs should continually alternate from theory top subject to next theory and subject etc.
    • For each Theory paragraph in this section, you will need to quote the source that was in your mini theory paper.
    • Use the Full sentence: "blah blah" quote style. See a Refresher on the use of colons and quotes.
    • Do not use dictionaries or encyclopaedias of any kind.
    • Do not use any of the linked sources on the Theory List page.
  • Conclusion (one paragraph)
    • A conclusion in MLA does not "conclude" nor give results
    • A conclusion suggests other ways to continue on the research of the paper.
    • For this paper, you have four theories that you chose to not use in the paper that you can use in the conclusion
    • You do not need to analyze your film with these theories; simply mention how they could be used by someone else to continue the research of your film.
  • Works Cited
    • Cite the SIX sources in your Works Cited
    • ONLY use Valencia's MLA site; any other form of citation than Valencia is wrong, regardless of the source.

Grading of the Term Paper

  • (10 pts) Introduction
  • (10 pts) Film Summary
  • (10 pts) Method
  • (10 pts each = 80 points)Eight Theory Papers
  • (10 pts each = 60 points) Six quotes from the theory papers
  • (10 pts) Conclusion
  • (10pts) Works Cited
  • (10 pts each = 60 points) Six citations in the works cited

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