Please note that spelling and grammar count!!! If your first language is NOT English, this requirement will still apply to you. Get help from the Writing Center or elsewhere to fine-tune your English grammar.
Prepared Assignments: There will be four written assignments through the course of the quarter. The due dates are firm and you will be expected to send those assignments to me when expected. I do not accept late papers.
Informed Opinion Papers: These papers will be written after watching two plays via streaming video and after reading two plays. The first paper will be written after reading the play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, 2 full pages in length, and the second paper will be written after viewing the musical Kiss Me, Kate, 2 full pages in length. The third paper will be written after reading Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, 2 full pages and the fourth paper will be written after watching Much Ado about Nothing, 2 full pages. They should be double-spaced typed pages. The two plays you watch can be watched via streaming video through the Holman Library search engine. The expectation is that they will be “thesis” papers. Think of yourselves as theatre critics and are either trying to convince me to see the production or avoid it.
A “thesis” paper argues a particular point of view or idea (it makes a case for it while considering possible objections). It is conceptual in structure and uses clear proof, interpretations and/or judgments to make its case. It is an argumentative paper. You must make a judgment or state a particular point of view and then defend it. Your focus can be as broad as you like or as narrowly focused as you like. Whatever impressions you took away from viewing the play is a good beginning place. Maybe a particular performance, or the direction, or the costume design struck you. That is the place you begin. IMPORTANT: You are reviewing Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches as literature; you are reviewing the productions you watch, Kiss Me, Kate and Much Ado about Nothing as theatre. Please don’t analyze the scripts of these last two too much, I’m far more interested in your opinions about the production you saw based on the choices the artists made to bring it to pass.
The following guidelines apply generally to the paper. However, you may find that you have to adapt them slightly to conform to the requirements of the question you are addressing.
1. Start with an idea that grabs the reader’s attention, not the thesis or name of the artist or artwork. Bring this idea back at the end of the paper to round it out.
2. State your thesis and sketch how you intend to support it in an introductory paragraph. The thesis will indicate what you are trying to show in the discussion that follows. This should be brief and to the point.
3. Maintain your focus, and try to stick to a single point. Probably one of the biggest failings of most papers is their failure to concentrate on and develop a well-focused argument. It is far better to examine a small number of issues in detail than a long list that is treated superficially.
4. Bring your paper to a well-defined close. In the final two paragraphs, you should state what you believe that you have established in the paper, reiterate the most important points, and generally tie the paper together. Bring back the idea from the beginning and develop it a bit further. This gives a satisfying conclusion.
Grading Written Assignments: Grades for written work will take into account content, construction and the appropriateness of the paper in relationship to course content and vocabulary. Spelling and grammar count, so please, please, please proof read before handing in your work. Read your paper out loud. If it sounds bad to you, it probably is. When discussing theatre topics, it is possible, desirable even, to come to conclusions different from another person. There is more than one appropriate way to analyze art. Therefore, it is not so much the conclusion reached about the art that is important, but the manner in which the conclusions are reached and supported.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism occurs when students knowingly submit someone elses ideas or words as their won. Plagiarism is an act of intentional deception. Not only is this dishonest, but it also denies those students of the most important product of their education – the actual learning. If the instructor suspects that anyone has plagiarized, the student will be invited to a one-on-one conversation and will ask the student to show proof that the work in question is not copied. If found to have committed academic dishonesty, the student will fail that single assignment and may, depending on the seriousness of the offense, fail the course. In any case, the student WILL fail the course after a second incident of plagiarism. Last year, two students plagiarized papers and received no credit for the assignment.
Essay on Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.
2 full pages.
Topic: Choose who the Protagonist is for you in this play and defend that choice. A protagonist is defined as a primary character who has an objective and an obstacle to overcome. The protagonist is whose story the play is. Also discuss who the Antagonist is. An Antagonist is someone OR something that is the obstacle working against the Protagonist’s ability to achieve his/her goals. Use examples from the text to support your choices.
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