Embedded Assessment 2: Writing a Style Analysis Essay Honors Assignment



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Embedded Assessment 2.2: Writing a Style Analysis Essay

Honors Assignment

Your assignment is to write an essay analyzing the cinematic style of director Tim Burton. Your essay will focus on the ways in which the director uses stylistic techniques across film to achieve a desired effect. You may choose to analyze any of the cinematic techniques (pages 134-136) used to create an intended effect. You will choose from the following topics:


  • What is Burton’s purpose in creating fantastical worlds in each film, and what cinematic elements does he use to create them?

  • How does Burton show the importance of the character type of a misfit in the three films, and what cinematic elements does he use to emphasize that character type?

Requirements

Your essay will need to include the following elements:



  • Thesis statement (identifying cinematic elements and how they create effect)

  • 3 or 4 cinematic elements to be analyzed

  • Examples for each element from at least 2/3 films

  • Supporting explanation for each example

Your essay will need to be formatted in the following ways:

  • Size 12 font

  • Times New Roman

  • Double Spaced

  • Paragraph formatting: no space between paragraphs

  • Formal language, few grammatical errors

  • 3-4 pages – do not go over or under the limit!

    • One paragraph per cinematic element (minimum)

Scoring Criteria

Exemplary

Proficient

Emerging


Ideas

_____ / 20

The writer insightfully

identifies and analyzes

Burton’s stylistic techniques employing textual support from multiple films. The analysis displays an

in-depth understanding

of how Burton achieves his intended effect on the audience.

The writer clearly identifies and describes Burton’s stylistic techniques using support from more than one film. The analysis displays a clear understanding of

how Burton achieves his

intended effect on the audience.

The writer demonstrates

a limited understanding

of Burton’s stylistic techniques; support is insufficient or inaccurate. The analysis displays a misunderstanding of

how Burton achieves the intended effect on the audience and/or may be replaced with plot summary.

Organization

_____ / 20

The essay is multi-paragraphed and logically organized to enhance the reader’s understanding. It includes and innovative introduction with an insightful lead or hook and strong thesis, coherent body paragraphs, and a perceptive conclusion. Effective transitions exist throughout and add to the essay’s coherence.

The essay is multi-paragraphed and organized. It includes and introduction with a lead or hook and clear thesis, detailed body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Transitions create coherence.

Organization is attempted, but key components are lacking. It may include an introduction with an

unfocused thesis,

undeveloped body paragraphs, and/or inadequate conclusion.

Transitions, if attempted, do little to create coherence.

Use of Language

_____ / 20

Diction is appropriate for an academic audience. The essay demonstrates

a sophisticated use

of terminology to

knowledgeably discuss film.

Diction is mostly appropriate for an academic essay. The essay demonstrates a basic use of terminology to discuss film.

Diction is informal or

inappropriate for an academic essay. The

essay may demonstrate

limited or inaccurate use of terminology to discuss film.

Conventions

_____ / 20

Writing is virtually error-free

Writing is generally

error-free.

Writing contains errors that distract from meaning.

Evidence of the Writing Process

_____ / 20

There is extensive evidence that the essay reflects the various stages of the writing

process.


There is evidence that the essay reflects stages of the writing process.

There is little or no



evidence that the essay has undergone stages of the writing process.


Final Score: _____ / 100


Brainstorming: Honors


Body Paragraph 1

Body Paragraph 3





Cinematic Technique



Cinematic Technique



Cinematic Technique used

Cinematic Technique used





Intended Effect







Evidence

Evidence

Evidence

Cinematic Technique used

Body Paragraph 2





Evidence

Evidence


Pieces and Parts of Your Essay: Honors

Thesis Statement

 tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.

 is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.

 directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.

 makes a claim that others might dispute.

 is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation. (The Writing Center, UNC)


Crafting Your Thesis

  • The goal in your essay to prove how Tim burton uses cinematic elements to achieve (importance of the character type of a misfit) or (purpose of fantastical worlds)

  • Therefore, your thesis statement must answer this “question”

  • Use the model below as a starting point for your thesis for your essay; fill in which cinematic elements you decide best achieves the effect

In his films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, and Corpse Bride, Tim Burton uses (cinematic element 1) and (cinematic element 2) to achieve (effect)



Supporting Your Thesis

  • Each body paragraph should provide immediate support for your thesis

  • In this case, you have three elements to provide support for in your thesis; begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence in how your element creates a dark and eerie mood within the films

Burton uses (cinematic element 1) in (which films) to create (effect chosen) by (how the mood is created by cinematic element 1).



  • Once you have your topic sentence, begin with your supporting textual evidence

  • Name one example from one film, and another example from another film

  • Explain how those examples use the cinematic element to create your effect

Now, using the outline provided, draft your thesis and your support to back up your argument.

Analysis Outline: Honors

Now, turn your bubble map into an outline for your paper.



Paragraph 1: Introduction

A: Attention Getting Sentence about Tim Burton’s films:

B: Two sentences describing context for the reader (Background on films and Burton):

C: One sentence on dark and eerie moods in Burton’s films:

D: Thesis Statement (Including the 2 Cinematic Elements):

Paragraph 2: Cinematic Element 1

A: One topic sentence introducing the cinematic element used by Burton:

B: Analytical paragraph on cinematic element in one film (3-4 sentences) (follow format on page 173):

C: Analytical paragraph on cinematic element in second film (3-4 sentences) (follow format on page 173):



Paragraph 3: Cinematic Element 2

A: One topic sentence introducing the cinematic element used by Burton:

B: Analytical paragraph on cinematic element in one film (3-4 sentences) (follow format on page 173):

C: Analytical paragraph on cinematic element in second film (3-4 sentences) (follow format on page 173):



Paragraph 4: Cinematic Element 3

A: One topic sentence introducing the cinematic element used by Burton:

B: Analytical paragraph on cinematic element in one film (3-4 sentences) (follow format on page 173):

C: Analytical paragraph on cinematic element in second film (3-4 sentences) (follow format on page 173):



Paragraph 5: Conclusion

A: Restatement of Thesis:

B: Summarization of Main Points:

C: Insightful Statement about why this intended effect is important for audiences to see:

Checklist for EA2.2

____The paper has an introductory paragraph with a hook

____The paper gives background information to the films, including the director and name of the films

____The paper gives a clear thesis statement located toward the end of the introductory paragraph

____Each body paragraph has a topic sentence about a specific cinematic technique; this topic sentence points back to the thesis

____Each body paragraph gives specific examples from the film

____The conclusion restates the thesis and main points in different language

____The conclusion gives an insightful statement about why the intended effect is important for audiences to see

____ The paper is more than a summary of the plot

____ The writer’s voice is strong and confident, reflecting familiarity with and understanding of the work at hand

____The paper is in correct MLA format and meets the length requirement

____The paper is free of grammatical errors



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