ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION (Due Saturday) Paper Rubric.docx<– Grading Rubric Final Research Project Details For your final project this quarter, you will write and present a lecture on a topic of your choosing, related to the content of this course. The following instructions may seem like a lot, but as you’ll see, they are long because the assignment has been broken down into individual tasks. Please think of this assignment as your opportunity to explore a topic we were unable to cover in depth during the regular class–avoid proposals on topics I have or will be lecturing on, such as Italian Neorealism. In order to write a successful lecture, you will need to: Select a topic from the list at the end of this assignment sheet (or come up with your own). The selected topic must fall within the date range covered by this course (approx. 1895-1959). Research the topic thoroughly, using a variety of appropriate and reliable sources. The course textbook may count as one of your sources. Once you have researched the topic, select an appropriate feature-length film not included on our syllabus to be used as a main screening. Write a proposal for your lecture (1-2 paragraphs), to be posted as a discussion board post in Week 7. Some questions to ask yourself as you begin research: Why did you choose to write a lecture on this topic? What makes it interesting to you? Why is this topic historically significant? How or what did people in the film business, film scholars, cultural critics, and the general public think about this topic at the time it was happening? Were they aware of it at the time, or was it only identified in retrospect? How do people think about the topic now? What context and background information do your students need in order to fully interpret the film? It is required that you include at least six reputable research sources. Write your lecture and create an accompanying slide presentation and YouTube playlist (minimum 3 clips). All writing should be double-spaced and presented in MLA format, including a properly formatted works cited page. If you are struggling with MLA, please ask me, schedule a visit with Samantha Weisberg at the on-campus Writing Lab, consult with Cherice Hall or another reference librarian, or visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html A rough draft of your lecture must be posted to Canvas (as an assignment) in Week 9. Present your lecture: Using the tools available to us through Canvas/Big Blue Button and/or other software of your own choosing, record yourself giving the lecture. You do not need to appear on camera. The final draft of your project is due in Week 11. A complete project includes all of the following: Video of lecture (10-15 minutes) Copy of lecture text (4-5 pages, correctly formatted in MLA style and including a works cited page–think of this as a formal paper) “Hard” copy of your PowerPoint (.PDF or link to Google Docs) Link to feature film Link to YouTube playlist containing at least three relevant clips (if the YouTube video is long, indicate somewhere which portions should be watched) DUE DATES AND GRADING Week 7: Proposal (discussion board post – will be graded as such) Week 9: Rough draft of program notes – to be eligible for full credit, this draft must be at least 1/2 complete – see above (100 points) Week 11: Final draft of entire festival (200 points) SOME NOTES: We will discuss sources, and what is meant by “reputable scholarly source,” throughout the quarter—but if you have questions at any time, please ask. Our course textbook is a reputable scholarly source (and I encourage you to use and cite it), but it does not count towards your outside research requirement, because you are reading it anyway. You will need five reputable scholarly sources in addition to Film History. A final project without correctly formatted in-text citations will not receive a passing grade.