Short English Response Essay

Watch a short video (link below) and write a short response paper with at least 500 words using the instructions below. Make sure the overview questions are answered throughout the essay. It is due on Sunday September 11, 2016 at 6pm central time.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ee3q9_science-fiction-treasures-the-midnight-sun-1961-twilight-zone-series-by-rod-serling-epsat_shortfilms

How to write a Response Paper

The response paper is a chance for you to develop your own thoughts and observations about the texts and the films we are studying. A strong response paper will make a connection between the material and your own opinions about the material. This assignment is intended to be a transformative activity. Through examining your experience of the narratives, you create unique meaning of the subject at hand. Transforming your new experience into words can be difficult, but it is rewarding and will help you develop a vocabulary and writing skills for your assignments in this course and others. The response paper is relaxed but clear, written in academic language.

Keep in mind that every writer, director, cinematographer, etc. has an intention, a set of beliefs or values, a specific (or vague) point they aim to make. Your first task in a response paper is to determine this and communicate it to your reader, which in this course is your instructor. This conveys that not only have you read/watched the material, but also how well you have analyzed the content. Next, you should reflect on the point, intention, meaning you have ascribed to the work. In reflection, discover how it relates to your own perspective. This becomes the main thrust, the thesis if you will, of your response paper. Finally, conclude with observations on how your opinions and how the writer/filmmaker created meaning collide or coincide. Explain why. 

OVERVIEW:

– What meaning is the writer/filmmaker trying to convey?

– What is my personal thought relative to the writer/filmmaker?

– How has viewing and reading this work affected my understanding of it, of apocalyptic narratives overall, and of my lived world experience?

HINT: The more specific you get with your observations, the more precise and analytical your response papers will be. Notice that you may write from your perspective (I, me, my) sparingly, but you shouldn’t rely on it completely. Demonstrate your knowledge as well as offering your reflection on the narrative. 

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