english writing class

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Using Analysis and Evidence to Write a Review

This week, you will focus on a different type of writing: a short review. This will allow you to review the feedback you receive from your instructor on your Unit 6 Submission, so you can use it to revise the Unit 6 Submission in preparation of submitting the finalized version for Unit 10.

This type of writing shows that you can closely observe and form an opinion in writing based on your experiences and observations.

Think about your favorite book or movie, or an episode of your favorite TV show. What makes this book, movie, or show so good? Imagine you have been asked to write a review of this book, movie, or TV show episode for an online publication. The publication’s editor has asked you to summarize a brief scene from the book, movie, or TV show and explain how this scene illustrates what makes it work so well.

Download this worksheet to help you complete this assignment.

NOTE: Do not submit the worksheet; it is for guidance purposes only.

Then, complete the following:

  1. Select a scene from the book, movie, or TV show.
  2. Write a 3-paragraph review of the scene you selected.
    • In paragraph 1, provide a summary of the scene.
    • In paragraph 2, use analysis to closely examine the scene and explore how and why it is so compelling.
      • Make a claim about what makes this scene great (e.g., Is it the descriptive language? The skillful acting? The realistic dialogue? The exquisite set design? Or something else?).
    • In paragraph 3, include a response section in which you defend your love of the book, show, or movie, explaining how the element you selected to analyze illustrates the appeal of the work for you.

Make sure your submission does the following:

  • Incorporates a quotation or paraphrase in the summary.
    • NOTE: Quote must be at least 1 solid sentence. Short quotes, such as “I believe!” or “That’s great!” or “I love you!” or “That is certainly a possibility!” will count for little or no credit.
  • Cites the quote or paraphrase in accurate APA style
  • Includes a properly formatted APA-style References page
  • Reflects an understanding of the use of summary and analysis
  • Has a clear paragraph structure

Be sure to contact your instructor or use Smarthinking if you need help at any point in the writing process.

NOTE: For assistance with this assignment, please refer to the assigned readings listed under Unit 8 Learning Activities, as well as your intellipath® lessons.

Assignment Criteria Proficient Descriptor Points
Source & Scene Selection/Essay Preparation • Selects and introduces the source (book, movie, TV show) for review.
• Identifies and discusses a scene for summary and analysis
/5 pts.
Scene Summary • Condenses and highlights the key elements of the selected scene
• Provides descriptive details, where needed to support the summary
/10 pts.
Scene Analysis • Analyzes the scene as a whole, as well as deconstructs the key elements of the scene and discusses how they work together to make the scene compelling.
• Provides examples to support the interpretation of the selected scene
• Includes a quote or paraphrase to support the analysis
• Writing in this paragraph demonstrates the difference between the summary (paragraph 1) and the analysis (paragraph 2)
/15 pts.
Source Selection Rationale/Claim • Makes an explicit claim that reflects the rationale for selection of the source (book, movie, TV show) and the scene.
• Provides a persuasive conclusion that connects the analysis of the scene to the overall source, illustrating its personal appeal.
/10 pts.
Accurate Attribution Cites and references the quote or paraphrase in accurate APA Style. /5 pts.
Grammar & Mechanics Sentences are clear, well-articulated within the specified assignment requirements, and free from grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors /5 pts.
Total /50 pts.
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