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Screening Response 4: Citizen Kane (1941)

Subject: Visual Storytelling

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Weekly Screenings (films or videos)
  • Weekly Subject Matter
  • Weekly Readings

Activity Instructions
Each week that there is an assigned “Screening Response,” you should provide a concise summary of the screening and a thoughtful analysis of the film. Your analysis must pertain to the weekly topic. For example, if we discussed “editing,” you should analyze the film’s editing. Be sure to include your own thoughts on the screening.

*Not including the weekly topic into your analysis will result in a loss of 2 points!

When it comes to writing your own thoughts on the screening, you might consider responding to queries to yourself such as:

  • What did I learn from this screening that I did not know?
  • What was the screening really about?
  • What was the filmmaker’s agenda in producing this work?
  • What point(s) struck me as particularly interesting or important?
  • How does the screening tie in to other concepts that we have covered in the course?
  • What information or points in the screening might I be interested in pursuing (perhaps in my own research or in writing my own paper or article) or learning more about?

You don’t need to answer all of the above for each screening response, just use one or more of them as a guide if you get stuck as to what to write about the reading other than the brief summary or description. 

Writing Requirements

  • Please use MLA Guidelines.
  • Response Length: 3-5 substantial paragraphs per screening.
  • Title: Include class name, week for which the screening responses are completed, and name of student at the top of the first page.
  • Narrative Form: These must be written in narrative form, in your own words as much as possible – no outlines, bullet-points, or incomplete sentences.
  • Film titles should always be italicized. The first time a film is referenced should also indicate it’s year. (Example A: Pulp Fiction (1994) was Tarantino’s third feature film. | Example B: In 1994, Pulp Fiction was Tarantino’s third feature film.)
  • Works Cited/Bibliography: Cite all referenced sources in proper format
  • In-line citations are only required for screening responses if you use a direct quote.
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font

Grading and Assessment
Screening Responses are not an entirely formal document, but Writing Requirements must be met, and papers should be free of spelling and grammatical errors. Not meeting the three to five significant paragraph minimum will affect your grade. 

Submitting your Screening Responses
All screening responses must be submitted through Blackboard. Late submissions will lose 1 point for every day they are late. 

Course Learning Outcome(s)
Will vary based on the screening for the week.