During the fourth week of class, we are going to:
To prepare for our last class during week 5, you need to:
Peer Review Cultural Analysis
1. Underline the thesis. Does the writer come back to the thesis throughout the paper? In other words, does the writer remember to make all the points he/she made in her thesis/introduction? After reading the entire paper, does the thesis fit the argument the author makes in his/her paper? Why or why not?
2. Does the introduction discuss the material to be analyzed? Does it give the reader an idea of the purpose of the film/poem/song/story, historical background, a description of the author/director/screenwriter, or other information that may be necessary to understand the writer’s argument? Why or why not?
3. Read the entire essay and then underline the topic sentence in each of the body paragraphs. Do the topic sentences directly mirror the thesis? Why or why not?
4. Does the conclusion talk about our current society? Can you see a link between the ideas in the essay and your experience as a modern American? Why or why not?
5. Is the paper organized? Does the author move smoothly from discussing one of his/her points to another? How could the author improve the flow of his/her paper? Could the author be more detailed? Where?
6. Does the author avoid mere plot summary? Is it clear that the author is analyzing the text, rather than simply summarizing it? Does the author focus on how the film/song/story is presented (music/ lighting/ cinematography /editing /etc.)? If the author does point out scenes or passages of dialogue from the text, does he/she make sure to note what is important about them? Why or why not?
7. What is your favorite part of the author’s paper? Why?
8. What is your least favorite part of the author’s paper? Why? How could he/she improve this section?
9. Offer any feedback here that will help the writer convince his/her audience of the argument. In other words, are you convinced? Why or why not? Does the author offer enough “proof” for his/her claim(s) about the work he/she is analyzing? Is the analysis detailed and sufficient? Have you noticed anything else in the paper that could use more attention?
10. Carefully and methodically proofread/edit the paper for the author. Look for grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes. After you have noted everything you feel is incorrect, what grammar suggestions do you have for the author? What do you feel is their biggest grammar issue?
Final Exam Preparation
- Subject-verb agreement: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar_quiz/subject_verb_agreement_1.asp
- Who, Whom, Whomever, That, Which: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar_quiz/who_1.asp http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar_quiz/who_vs_which_1.asp
- Effect v Affect: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar_quiz/effect_vs_affect_1.asp
- Capitalization: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar_quiz/capitalization_1.asp