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1. Freewrite for 5 minutes: How is Vertov’s writing reflected in his filmmaking?

2. Look back at the academic paragraph you worked on last week: Revise the sentences of your paragraph to use the film clip as evidence. If you use evidence, you should also have  . . . what?


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Some of you have made appointments to meet with me to discuss grades. Just to let you know, after our meeting I’ll ask you to write and submit to me a memo detailing our conversation. So, you’ll want to come to the meeting prepared to discuss your strengths and weaknesses in the class, and you’ll also want to be ready to write a summary memo afterwards.

[Edit: the Purdue OWL has a description of how to write a business memo that you could adapt for your purposes:]

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How is Vertov’s writing reflected in his filmmaking?

Select one “rule” or “element” and write an academic paragraph about it. Write five sentences: a thesis, an evidence sentence (either from Vertov or a contemporary example), two sentences of analysis, and a conclusion. Post in the comments section below.

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How is Vertov’s writing reflected in his filmmaking?

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The strike scene from D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916).

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Annotated Bibliography

I. In class, write an annotation for Woolf’s essay. Remember, a good annotation has three parts: 2-3 sentences summarizing the main point, 2-3 sentences citing and contextualizing key quotations or terms, and 2-3 sentences that discuss how this source is useful or relevant.

II. Be ready to share your annotations with the class. Here are some questions we will consider together in class discussion. Be ready to use Harvey’s language in your response.

  • How did you identify and summarize the central point of this essay? Where specifically did you think to look to find the central point? Compare three students version of the central point. Which is best and why?
  • What is the single most important sentence in this essay? How do we know?
  • How did you know which sentences to quote? Did you quote all of the sentence or just parts? What would be an advantage to doing either?
  • Did anyone use brackets or ellipsis to incorporate quotation? How does that improve or alter your writing?
  • In what different ways can we read the relevance of this essay? How can different readers take the same essay and use it to support different papers?

III. Write an MLA citation for this essay.

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Today we’ll practice an assignment you’re going to do for Prof. Herzog’s class by looking at a peer’s Community Interview film.

Link to Prof. Herzog’s film analysis assignment.

Link to an example of a shot-by-shot description.

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