The major writing assignment
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The major writing assignment for this course is a Book or Movie Review. You are required to select a movie, play or book from the the courses dates The Discvery through the Election of 1876 through the Inauguration of 2005.
In writing your review, keep in mind that you are not writing a report. Do not merely state what the movie is about. A review is your opinion of whether the movie is good or bad based on the following criteria: bias, movie design, educational value, and historical accuracy. These issues are all discussed in greater depth on the backside of this page.
In talking about your view of this movie, it is critical to keep in mind that entertainment value is important, but not the key criteria. While a boring movie might not keep your attention, a movie rife with false details does not teach you true history. Another point to think about is whether the movie makes you want to learn more about that particular subject. In determining a movie as “bad” or “good” take all factors into consideration.
Your paper should be a minimum 1.5 - 2 pages in length to provide adequate detail. A full description and the grading rubric is included below.
DEFINING MOMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
ANY TOPIC THAT YOU FEEL IS A "DEFINING MOMENT"
The Critical Assessment paper willl be posted into the Movie Review Assignment Dropbox.
The Webliography link in Doc Sharing contains expanded instructions, the grading rubric and an example of a critique paper graded at the B+/A- level.
The movie I choose is cold mountain