Several of you have asked about examples of movie evaluations. The purpose of a this assignment is to answer the question, “is this movie worth seeing?” If so, why? If not, why not?If you weren’t in class today, you can pick up your draft with comments from my office door, 2618 on the Martin Campus. Be sure to include a Work Cited section with publication details of your film following MLA format. (Hint: if you don’t know all the publication information about your film, such as year and studio, the Internet Movie Database [IMDb] can probably help you out.) See sample Work Cited section at the bottom of this page. Don’t worry about putting your Work Cited entry on a separate page; just put it immediately after the end of your last paragraph.
In class today we looked at Roger Ebert‘s reviews of Rango by Gore Verbinski and The Last Airbender by M. Night Shyamalan. In a slightly different vein, also check out Chris Sims’ review of the opening sequence from Batman: The Animated Series:
With all the episodes of Batman: The Animated Series that I was watching in order to put together ComicsAlliance’s list of the ten best episodes, I kept seeing that opening sequence over and over. And rather than getting bored with it or skipping ahead, I kept watching it and fixating on just how unbelievably good it is — not just in terms of beautiful animation, but in the sheer storytelling economy of being a perfect introduction to Batman. And when I say it’s the perfect introduction, that’s what I mean.
And here’s the opening sequence for your convenience:
Batman: The Animated Series. Warner Brothers, 1992. Television.
Ebert, Roger. “The Last Airbender Movie Review.” RogerEbert. n.p., 30 June 2010. Web. 9 December 2013.
Ebert, Roger. “Rango Movie Review.” RogerEbert. n.p., 2 March 2011. Web. 9 December 2013.
The Last Airbender. Dir. M. Night Shyamalan. Paramount, 2010. Film.
Rango. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Paramount, 2011. Film.
Sims, Chris. “Ask Chris #78: Why The ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Opening Is The Best Thing Ever.” ComicsAlliance. n.p., 4 November 2011. Web. 9 December 2013.
For your next assignment, you’ll be writing about a movie. We’ll discuss films and how to talk about them in class, but in the meantime, here are some resources to help get you started on developing a film vocabulary.
The full tech support cheat sheet from today’s class, courtesy of Randall Munroe:
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In class today, we’ll be drafting your will assignment. Use the following fact pattern and form to draft a will for the client. Be sure to add a self-proved affidavit to the will so that the witnesses will not have to testify as to the authenticity of the will when it is admitted to probate. You can find the Alabama form for a self-proved affidavit in the Alabama Code (Alabama Code > Wills and Decedents’ Estates > Probate Code)
Here’s a sample annotated bibliography about the Kudzu Bug that I’ve created using Zotero. Be aware that this is a first draft, so it still needs corrections.
First, if you have a look at the references, you’ll see that in several instances the formatting isn’t just exactly perfect (e.g., the italics look wrong on the Anniston Star editorial and the Christian Science Monitor article says “N.pag” when it almost certainly had page numbers).
Second, there are two ways of organizing an annotated bibliography: alphabetically and by category. Zotero automatically creates an alphabetical bibliography, but in this instance, I think categories make more sense. When I revise it, I’ll divide the entries into 3 groups: Information for Homeowners, Information for Soybean Growers, and Kudzu Bug Biology.
Thanks again to KellyAnn Griffiths, librarian extraordinaire at the Shelton State libraries, here are a series of tutorials showing how to set up Zotero to run from a USB drive and export an MLA-formatted annotated bibliography.
Installing Firefox portable on a USB drive:
Installing Zotero plugin for portable Firefox:
Installing MLA annotated bibliography style:
Using Zotero to save resources and create bibliographies:
You can find all of these tutorials and more on the library’s tutorial page.
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To help make assembling your annotated bibliography easier, here are some resources for setting up and using Zotero:
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As you know, we’re working on an annotated bibliography, the draft of which is due on November 13 and the final version on November 20. Next week, Nov. 4 and Nov. 6, we’ll be working on your projects in class, so we’ll meet in room 2357. Be sure to bring a USB drive to class next week so you can save your work.
If you’re having trouble coming up with a topic, try looking at Wikipedia’s Requested Articles page for suggestions of specific topics that need research.
If you’re having trouble narrowing your topic, consider finding a Wikipedia or other article related to your topic and use it to create a word cloud at Wordle. The cloud may then give you ideas to make your topic more specific.
Finally, since you’ll be dealing with a large number of references, you might want to try using reference management software to keep track of you bibliography (it might be handy to learn now so that when you do further research as you continue your academic career you’ll have a useful tool at the ready). Zotero is a free, open-source reference tool that works either as a stand-alone package or as a browser plug-in.
Using Fastcase, find and brief a case that will provide precedent for the client’s situation as described in the case assignment. Your brief should be no more than one page in length. A draft is due on Thursday, October 31, and your final brief is due Thursday, November 7.
Your next assignment is to write an annotated bibliography on a topic of your choosing. You must approve your topic with me. Please send me an email by the end of the day on October 29, 2013, with a proposed topic, and we will work out the details of your final topic.
You bibliography should be between two and four pages long, single-spaced within entries and double-spaced between entries. This will be a descriptive annotated bibliography rather than an evaluative bibliography, so each bibliography entry should have a one-page summary of that work. Your bibliography should contain a variety of sources, including books, magazines, journals, periodicals, and internet resources. You can find more information from the Writing Center at UNC.
One reminder about Wikipedia: it is a useful and (mostly) reliable source. By all means, use it to get a quick overview of your topic. Do not cite wikipedia. Instead, explore the references at the bottom of each article, which may prove to be useful resources for you bibliography. Do not, however, assume that because an article is listed as a source that it is reliable or authoritative. You must use your own judgment to gauge its reliability.
In case you missed the library tour today today (or if you would like a refresher), here are tutorials from Kelly Ann Griffiths at the Shelton State Libraries to get you started with library research: