filled out the work sheet about dramatic convention in BARN BURNING (SCENES OF JUSTICE AND INJUSTICE SUCH AS CAMERA ANGLE, LIGHTING, ACTING CHOICES) THE EXAMPLE AND AND INSTRUCTION IN THE SHEET
AND THEN write a paragraph about occurrences of your dramatic convention in your chosen film. Again, this will be a primary source paragraph, so you do not need to bring any research other than common knowledge about your film (date, director) and your list of instances of your dramatic convention in the film
Specific Instructions: Your Primary Source Paragraph
- Write only ONE paragraph. Standard academic paragraphs are usually no fewer than 8 sentences long, and no more than 24 sentences long. Writing too long is just as bad as writing too short, though you can write a long first draft and then edit it down for length. A single paragraph means that you indent once, at the start of the paragraph, but do not indent again.
- Start the paragraph with your version of this topic sentences:
[Film Title], a film of [author’s] [“Short Story,”] uses [Dramatic Convention.]
Eg., Bernice Bobs Her Hair, a film of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, uses mirror shots. OR, Elephants, a film version of Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” uses Dawson Casting.
- In a sentence or two, introduce the most important elements of the film: Eg. Produced in 1976 as part of a project from Films for the Humanities, this story stars Shelley Duvall as Bernice, a Jazz-age girl who is not very popular until she considers a haircut.
- If it’s not common knowledge, define the dramatic convention (If you use someone else’s definition, use quotation marks!) Eg. Dawson Casting is the Hollywood habit of casting adults to play teenaged roles.
- Develop the paragraph by giving examples of the dramatic convention from the story in question. Unless you are using a convention that only happens once in the film, you want to have a minimum of 3 examples (and a maximum of 7), each with its own timestamp. You may want to include a quote from the film or the story as a “landmark” for the scene you are referencing, but you do not have to.