Reaction Paper 2

 

This paper will turn to 1950s America as displayed “on the big screen.”  You will provide a balanced comparison/contrast between two films, analyzing race, class and gender dynamics in each.  In doing so, I would like for you to really connect the America on Film book to these films.  In particular, you will use America on Film to learn about the historical/social context in which films were created, and how they reflected certain ideologies and anxieties of the 1950s.

 

You will perform a comparison/contrast between two films: (1) Salt of the Earth and (2) Some Like It Hot or Rebel Without A Cause.

 

Next, in the usual format (Introduction, 3 Body paragraphs, and Conclusion), address the following prompts:

  • Discuss the racial dynamics in both films. What races and ethnic groups are represented in these films? How do the characters’ racial identities impact their power and relationships with each other?
  • Both films focus on the struggles of class. How important is class for the main characters in each film? What are the characters’ goals regarding class? What do each film’s characters achieve at the end of the film? Has their class status changed at all?
  • In the current unit we’ve been talking about gender, both femininities and masculinities. How are the female characters in both films portrayed? How are they treated by the other characters in the films?

 

 

Formatting

 

Each Reaction Paper should be 900-1200 words (3-4 pages double-spaced).

 

Citations: Be sure to cite secondary sources in-text; use MLA formatting, and include a bibliography at the end (it doesn’t have to be on a separate sheet).

  • In-text example (direct quote): It has been argued that “Americans have come to understand that the Constitution is a living document, one that can be and has been changed to encompass a wider meaning of equality” (Benshoff and Griffin 6).
  • Author name given prior to direct quote: Benshoff and Griffin have argued that “Americans have come to understand that the Constitution is a living document, one that can be and has been changed encompass a wider meaning of equality” (6).
  • In-text example (paraphrase) -> From an historical perspective, it’s clear that the Constitution is a “living document” whose meanings have changed over time (Benshoff and Griffin 6).

 

 

Due date(s)

 

Paper 2 (just one draft this time) will be due on Tuesday, April 12.

 

For each day late, 10 points will be deducted from each draft grade.

 

 

Grading

 

For each Paper, I will grade you on your effective, thorough answering of each paragraph prompt (Race, Class and Gender), plus Intro/Conclusion, in the 3-4 pages allotted.  Your content (argument/evidence) is most important; grammar/style is secondary, though you must write clearly enough that I understand the argument.

 

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Reaction Paper 2

 

This paper will turn to 1950s America as displayed “on the big screen.”  You will provide a balanced comparison/contrast between two films, analyzing race, class and gender dynamics in each.  In doing so, I would like for you to really connect the America on Film book to these films.  In particular, you will use America on Film to learn about the historical/social context in which films were created, and how they reflected certain ideologies and anxieties of the 1950s.

 

You will perform a comparison/contrast between two films: (1) Salt of the Earth and (2) Some Like It Hot or Rebel Without A Cause.

 

Next, in the usual format (Introduction, 3 Body paragraphs, and Conclusion), address the following prompts:

  • Discuss the racial dynamics in both films. What races and ethnic groups are represented in these films? How do the characters’ racial identities impact their power and relationships with each other?
  • Both films focus on the struggles of class. How important is class for the main characters in each film? What are the characters’ goals regarding class? What do each film’s characters achieve at the end of the film? Has their class status changed at all?
  • In the current unit we’ve been talking about gender, both femininities and masculinities. How are the female characters in both films portrayed? How are they treated by the other characters in the films?

 

 

Formatting

 

Each Reaction Paper should be 900-1200 words (3-4 pages double-spaced).

 

Citations: Be sure to cite secondary sources in-text; use MLA formatting, and include a bibliography at the end (it doesn’t have to be on a separate sheet).

  • In-text example (direct quote): It has been argued that “Americans have come to understand that the Constitution is a living document, one that can be and has been changed to encompass a wider meaning of equality” (Benshoff and Griffin 6).
  • Author name given prior to direct quote: Benshoff and Griffin have argued that “Americans have come to understand that the Constitution is a living document, one that can be and has been changed encompass a wider meaning of equality” (6).
  • In-text example (paraphrase) -> From an historical perspective, it’s clear that the Constitution is a “living document” whose meanings have changed over time (Benshoff and Griffin 6).

 

 

Due date(s)

 

Paper 2 (just one draft this time) will be due on Tuesday, April 12.

 

For each day late, 10 points will be deducted from each draft grade.

 

 

Grading

 

For each Paper, I will grade you on your effective, thorough answering of each paragraph prompt (Race, Class and Gender), plus Intro/Conclusion, in the 3-4 pages allotted.  Your content (argument/evidence) is most important; grammar/style is secondary, though you must write clearly enough that I understand the argument.

 

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REACTION PAPER TWO GUIDELINES

Reaction papers ask you to take theoretical material discussed in the text and to apply these concepts to your own experiences and/or observations. As you apply text concepts, you must clearly indicate them by underlining the concepts or using bold face type. A sample of Reaction Paper #2 is under the Content link, so you can see an example of how another student did this assignment.

All reaction papers must be typed and must be a minimum of two full pages and a maximum of four pages, double-spaced. Proofread carefully for typographical and grammatical errors, as these will negatively influence your grade. Pay close attention to the due dates in the Content link so you do not post work late. Late work will not be accepted.

Reaction paper 2:

This paper will focus on concepts from Chapter Seven: Nonverbal Communication Skills. Nonverbal communication is so pervasive that we are always relaying some kind of information about ourselves. The roles that our posture, gestures, body orientation, facial expressions and eye behaviors perform send messages that are interpreted by others. This assignment asks you to analyze your nonverbal communication and other s reactions to it in two different situations.

You will complete the following activity twice. First, pick a nonverbal rule which holds true in a given interpersonal setting or relationship. For example, appropriate gestures when interacting with your significant other may involve holding hands when you walk. Clearly describe the nonverbal rule you are using (describe the person(s) involved, the setting, relationship between the people involved, type of rule, etc.)

Second, break the rule, but be certain that the rule breaking is not overly extreme or illegal! For example, I would not go up to a total stranger and give the emblem of raising your middle finger, just to see his/her reaction. Nor should you consider doing this to a police officer or stranger who pulls up to you in your car!

Describe how you broke the rule. Third, explain the reactions (nonverbal and/or verbal) and sanctions, if any, you received upon violating this rule. Again, be certain to complete this activity twice, in two different settings, with different people and rules. You should include a minimum of five concepts from Chapters 1-7 to clarify your discussion. As the situation dictates, you may wish to explain your assignment to the person(s) involved in your rule violation.

You must violate a norm from two different nonverbal forms of communication out of the eight covered in the textbook. Violations using cell phones do NOT count as nonverbal violations, since they are actually verbal violations! See sample Reaction Paper #2 to see an example of what I am looking for in this assignment.

The categories of nonverbal communication you can choose from are:

1. Body movement and posture
2. Eye contact
3. Facial expression
4. Vocal cues
5. Space
6. Territory
7. Touch
8. Appearance
Make sure you bold the words that you use out of the chapters