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Assignment 3: 500 words Essay.
Please watch the movie before writing!!
Write a critical essay that analyses Psycho (1960). Following element must be covered.
Contribution of cinematography in creating suspense in this film. General Instructions
Remember, the main purpose of the assignment is to articulate what you regard to be the significance of the work. Be specific and explain exactly what you mean.
Provide formal evidence taken from the film to support your argument. Formatting Instructions
500 words do not include your Works Cited list.
Your essay must be written in 12-point Times New Roman font and your margins must be set at 1”. The assignment must be double spaced, paginated, with no spaces between paragraphs
Use your name (last name first) as the name of your file (e.g., Taylor, Aaron.docx). Include your name, date, and course number within the assignment as well.
As the assignment is a research paper, you must include four to five secondary sources within a works cited list. You must also make direct reference to each of these sources within your paper. Papers without secondary sources cited will receive a failing grade.
References must be from reputable sources, and must include must include (1) an actual, physical book (or e-book), (2) a journal article, and (3) a professionally produced/academic online publication. Please note again that Looking at Movies does not count as a source. Again, extracts from Google books are NOT permitted.
Before employing a citation, consider whether or not the quote is useful. Ask yourself:
1) Is this citation simply making an unhelpful evaluative claim about the film’s quality?
2) Is this citation simply describing something that I could easily do in my own words?
3) Is this citation doing any work? – i.e., is it in the service of supporting my argument?
You will be evaluated on the quality of your own observations and ideas, so do not rely extensively on your secondary sources – i.e., do not rehash someone else’s opinion about a film, and keep your citations to a minimum as well as a minimal length (i.e., 5% of your total word count).
Evaluative Criteria for Written Assignments
Criteria for the assessment of essays are as follows:
Clarity and cogency of expression and argument.
Clear structuring in terms of introduction, conclusion and signposting the ability to adduce appropriate evidence in support of the argument.
Competent and correct use of grammatical, scholarly and research conventions.
Demonstration of a clear understanding of the key concepts taught on the course the originality, inventiveness and insightfulness of the argument put forward.