Extra Credit Review Paper

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You may earn extra credit . . .

. . . by writing a review of a public lecture or by doing a film / lecture review on an optional qualifying film or lecture presentation

Boiled down to the essentials, the requirements for a review extra credit paper are fairly simple:

  1. For the film/lecture review extra credit you need to watch/attend a film or a lecture

  2. Have the film or lecture approved before you begin

  3. Your report should be a page and a half or so, with two parts . . .

    1. a summary of the film or lecture, and

    2. your reaction to and evaluation of it

    3. additional information on style, length . . .is below

If you have a film or lecture in mind, just check in with the title or other information

Instructions and supporting information

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Extra Credit Film / Lecture Review Option

(Please Note: For the Film / Lecture Review Option you must choose a feature-length film or a documentary relevant to the class that has not been assigned in class.)

As mentioned in the "Note on Videos and Visual Anthropology" one of the four main characteristics of American Anthropology is fieldwork, and the next best thing to hopping a bus or plane is going to places and viewing subjects by film.

Many hundreds of quality films exist--including recorded lectures, feature films, documentaries, "shorts," interesting YouTube productions.

For the Film / Lecture Review Option choose a feature-length film or a documentary, or lecture, that has not been assigned in classes and review it, as you might for a column in your college newspaper.

Qualifying public lectures will be announced as opportunities arise. The public lectures extra credit option could include approved lectures available on-line from Open University type lectures availble from some universities.

See, for e.g. . . .

On-Line Lectures
from Other Universities and Organizations


Extra credit Film / Lecture Reviews can receive up to 30 points (about 1.5 % of final grade*) -- if they are turned in on time.

Point guidelines . . .

A-grade papers receive up to 28 - 30 points

B-grade papers receive 25 points

C-grade papers receive 20 points

"The Curve"

(*percentages will vary a little bit depending on the final number of Forum topics for the term)

Extra credit term papers

Instructions and Supporting Information

  1. Length: 4 - 5 well-written pages

    • including one title page (see sample title page) and

    • and at least one separate "Works Cited" (or "References") page (see sample)

    • that leaves 2-4 pages of text

    • Style: Academic (formal)

    • Format: Any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . )
      • doublespaced
      • with one-inch margins all around
      • with body type font 11 or 12
      • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited

  2. Papers must follow a college writing handbook such as Andrea Lunsford’s The St. Martin's Handbook, 6th Ed., (NY: St. Martin’s, 2008), or the OWL logo, Online Writing Lab at Purdue.OWL logo of the Purdue Online Writing Lab. on-line site (the Purdue Online Writing Lab)

  3. or Paradigm Online Writing Lab Paradigm Online Writing Assistant at <http://www.powa.org/>

  4. Other web resources such can be found on the UMD "Writing Labs, On-Line Assisstance, and Reference Works" page.

  5. For your footnotes, "bibliography" ("Works Cited" or "References"), and other matters like that, use either the APA (American Psychological Association) citation style, the MLA (Modern Language Association) style, the CMS (Chicago) style, or the CBE (Council of Biology Editors) style. Don't make up your own.
  1. Criteria for Grading College Writing

  2. When you write anything you should consider audience, purpose, and your personal style. For your case studies, your audience should be your classmates in this class. (Do not write your college papers to the professor as audience.

  3. Turn in your paper to to your Moodle folder

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