The Term Paper
- Passing this assignment secures a course grade of "B".
- If you do not pass, follow the Re-write criteria for redoing a paper.
- You must PASS the Term Paper BEFORE being able to do the presentation in class.
- See a Writing Consultant for further help.
- Be careful of Plagiarism; there is NOT ever an excuse for plagiarizing.
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
- List of Pus Words
- You only can have 20 of these pus words in your term paper.
- Be mindful of contractions that hide pus words, such as it's or he's.
- Do NOT use becomes or remains as a pus replacement; they do NOT mean the same as the pus words
- All of them must be highlighted in yellow
- Any Pus word not highlighted (or that exceeds 20 total) is subject to a rewrite.
Structure of the Term Paper
Method (one paragraph)
- Introduction (one paragraph)
- Summarize the entire paper
- Usually this paragraph is half a page
- Begin with a thesis, which will be pretty general: This paper/my research/this research studies/analyzes the film Blahty-Blah through/with eight theories
- The rest of the introduction summarizes each small paper; one or two sentences per small paper.
- Example: By using the concept of tropes, we can see how Blahity-Blah uses the tropes of Nameoftrope and Nameofanothertrope to give more meaning to scenes.
- Lather, rinse, repeat for all of the small papers
- Discuss these small papers in the same order they occur in the paper
- Film Summary (one paragraph):
Summarize your film by covering the following:
- Year released
- Famous actors
- Critical Reception
- Popular reception: For New Historicism, the popularity of a film has a direct connection to the audience need or want of the film, thus how much the film is a product of its times.
- Master Plots: (Download and look through the 20 Master Plots)
- Brief brief summary of the plot
Theory/Analysis (many paragraphs)
- This tends to be a small paragraph as you will simply explain what you are doing in this paper
- 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 n the order they occur in the paper.
- Use people's names where possible; Tropes and New Historicism was not made by one person, however, Dread is from Sartre and Gender Performativity is from Butler
Conclusion (one paragraph)
- 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, such as done in the small theory papers
- Do not use dictionaries or encyclopaedias of any kind.
- Do not use any of the linked sources on the Theory List page.
- 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.
- Cite the EIGHT sources in your Works Cited
- ONLY use Valencia's MLA site; any other form of citation than Valencia is wrong, regardless of the source.