- Review of course structure, goals, and objectives
- What is descriptive writing?
- Paradigm On-line
- go to "Discovering"
- go to "Observing and Recording Details" (use lefthand
- then go to the "Journalist's Questions":
Who, What, When,
How, Where and Why
- Who, What, When,
and Where tend to be descriptive
questions, and the things you should focus on when writing
your report for Project #1
- The focus of this exercise will be Who, What,
When, and Where
- Of course, you can talk about How
when describing how something is occurring
in the video
- How and Why tend to be
analytical questions. We will deal with
the How and Why of analysis in Project
#4: Analytical Speech"
- This is How in the sense of how things came
to be, how things work, how it is that people don't
get along together. . . . It's an analytical
- Video of an unusual social situation with which you are probably
During the video take notes on what you see.
some UMD students who have not seen the video
description -- pure description,
NO evaluation or analysis
||to give a detailed enough account
of the action that some people who have not seen the video could
possibly re-enact the action in a student UMD Theatre production
Time Sequence, T1 ---> T2 ---> T3 ---> T4 --->
. . .
(In this case T1, etc., can
equal scenes in the video)
- Remarks on Paul Buffalo, Ch. 31 "An
Indian Curing Ceremony"
Generally speaking, it is a good idea to sit down and expand
on your notes and as soon as possible after you have taken them.
(If you are working on an interview rather than looking at video --
as you will be doing for Project #2 -- go somewhere close by immediately after the
interview and write up your notes.) Expanding on your notes is especially
important if you can not see the video a second time, or if you did
not tape an interview, or if you were not able to take notes during
a real-life incident.
- Project #1, will be graded P/N only.
After Project #1 (i.e., for Projects #2,
#3, #4, and #5)
your papers will received other grades/evaluations.
- Prepare bibliography and note cards on the video seen in
class. Make (1) a bibliography card, and (2) several note cards on
4 x 6 or 3 x 5 cards [or recycled paper of the same size].
Here is the information from the UMD Library
that you need:
English Title: Every Man for Himself and God Against All:
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Original Title: Jeder für Sich und Gott gegen Alle
General Note: 1975 motion picture released in the U.S. by Cinema
V.; eine Werner Herzog filmproduktion
General Note: German dialogue with English subtitles
Credits: Producer, director and script, Werner
Herzog ; camera, Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein ; film editor, Beate
Herzog, Werner, 1942-
Performers: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira.
Abstract: Based on the true story of a young man who appeared
in a small German town in the1820s , after having lived
in total isolation from humans since birth. He was taught to speak,
read and write by the townspeople, then was mysteriously murdered.
Personal subject: Hauser, Kaspar, 1812-1833
Subject: Feature films
Personal author: Herzog, Werner, 1942- Jeder für Sich und Gott
UMD Library Accession Number: VC 636
See The New St. Martin's Handbook, §42a.1 for information
on and samples of bibliography cards.
On the note cards briefly summarize/paraphrase one or more selections
from the video (100 to 150 words).
Do this as if you were taking notes for a 5000-level term paper.
Note how the video presents aspects of a culture, and how you
might describe these for persons unfamiliar with the culture.
On your note cards you must also include your personal reaction
/ evaluation as a separate section on each card.
See §42c. for examples of note cards, and information on
how to prepare the note cards.
Put your name on each card before you hand it in. Write on only
one side of each card. Turn these cards in next class meeting. (bibliography
card and note
- Review Handbook
CD-ROM demonstration (time permitting)
- Ch. 51 "Designing Documents"
- Look at Section 51.e. "Sample Documents"
- Ch. 01 "Writing, Reading, Research"
- Ch. 02 "Considering Rhetorical Situation"