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Students in this class will either present a brief oral report to the class or keep an online journal (weblog) of their reading this semester. Both options will involve about the same amount of work, but with the weblog option, you'll be spreading the work out over the entire semester.

Report rubric (.doc file)

Information on reports

1. When you present your report to the class, keep in mind that it should be short: 5-7 minutes maximum. You can also team up with another class member, if you choose to do so.

2. You can use PowerPoint or other presentation tools, but they are not required. If you use PowerPoint, you need to email the presentation to me no later than 9 p.m. on the day before the report or bring your own computer.

3. If you choose the report option, you'll also prepare a one-page "fact sheet" to hand out to the class. This may take the form of an outline, summaries of critical articles, or a synopsis of your argument. You should include at least one critical article or book in preparing your report.

4. If you choose to keep a weblog AND present a report, you do not need to take the final exam.

The topic for your report may be related to the topic of your paper, or it may focus on one of the following.

  • Historical events related to the film
  • Literary works, either the book from which the film was adapted or a novel that relates to the film
  • Cultural issues, such as the treatment of class, race, or sexual identity, or a widespread cultural trend that is significant to understanding the movie
  • Film for comparison: discuss a film that is roughly contemporary with the film for that week or the next and discuss it
  • Genre or technical analysis: discuss the film's formal features in relation to others, or do a close analysis of shots, the use of sound,a motif in the film, or some other noteworthy feature
  • Comparison with a modern film that shares a similar theme or plot
  • Other features of the film or film industry related to the film in that week or in following weeks. For example, was the film subjected to censorship? You could also choose to report on a director and his body of work..
  • Your own choice. As long as you choose a topic that relates to the films for that report period and research it, you can choose your own topic in consultation with me.
  • If you'd like to present on a topic but aren't sure where to start, please ask me for suggestions.

  • Date Name Topic
    January 26 Films: Redskin, The Public Enemy, Baby Face  
        Historical event: 1920s oil boom and the Osage
        Literary: Willa Cather's The Professor's House or another book
      Meghan McCaige Cultural: Indian Boarding Schools or another topic
        Open topic
        Open topic
        Open topic
    February 16 Golddiggers of 1933, The Grapes of Wrath, Sullivan's Travels  
        Comparison Film:
        Open topic
      Shantelle Dein Movie music
    March 9 Double Indemnity , A Place in the Sun  
      Stephanie Heinrich Historical: the Chester Gillette murder case (PP)
      Adam Noblett Literary: An American Tragedy or Mildred Pierce
      Stacey Devies 1950s: politics, culture, consumerism (PP)
      Fawn Gregory Charlie Chaplin: Social commentary through comedy (PP)
      Jenny Draper Modern film: Revolutionary Road (2008) (PP)
      Walter Sheppard Film noir and the femme fatale (The Maltese Falcon) (PP)
      Jameson Bugbee The Hurt Locker and the war film (PP)
    March 30 Bonnie and Clyde, Goodfellas  
      Brie Geffre Historical: the historical Bonnie and Clyde
      Megan McKenna Martin Scorsese
      Lauren Chavez Special effects
      Oliver Ryder Comparison: The Godfather, American Gangster or another
        Open topic
    April 13 Boyz n the Hood, Smoke Signals  
      Jeremy Dorn Literary: Sherman Alexie's fiction
      Haley Ogburn Gangster Poetics
      Matt Quigley Historical perspective on Los Angeles
      Andrew Stevens The "hood" film
      Saundra Ramaker Films of John Hughes
      Brandon Chapman Sherman Alexie
      Marshall Thompson Gangs in L.A.
      Andrew Harlow Film violence
      Chris Rice Spike Lee