Level 9

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

Pus Words

  • 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

  • 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
    • Awards
    • 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
  • Method (one paragraph)
    • 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
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 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.