African American Experience Summary Essay
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|# OF PAGES & WORD COUNT||4 ≈ 1100 WORDS|
Review a movie (historical feature or documentary) with attention to the historical evidence presented and its accuracy and effectiveness in presenting information about the past. Summarize the story that is told. Consider the motivations and affiliations of the producer, director, and screenwriter. Discuss how the topic is related to the events and movements we’ve discussed in class. Was the story told effectively? What does it leave out? Does it exaggerate anything? What did you learn from watching it? Write the review as an essay with full sentences and paragraphs. Do not use bullet points. Your ideas must be expressed in your own words. Write in the third person and refrain from using “I” or “you” whenever possible.
4 pages (800-1000 words)
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Please read the requirements of the rubric before you start writing the summary essay.
|Excellent (4)||Good (3)||Needs Improvement (2)||Poor (1)|
|Summary Essay has no spelling or punctuation errors and very few grammatical errors. Very well written and excellent use of academic language.||Summary Essay has a few punctuation or spelling errors. Few grammatical errors that don’t affect meaning. Well written and use of academic language is acceptable.||Summary Essay has some punctuation or spelling errors. Some grammatical errors but generally don’t affect meaning. Language is satisfactory overall but use of more appropriate academic language is required.||Summary Essay has numerous punctuation or spelling errors. Numerous grammatical errors that affect meaning. Language used is unprofessional and not appropriate for academic use.|
|Essay summary Organization and Formatting||Relevant sections are included, and each is organized effectively. Formatting is professional and consistent and includes all required elements.||Relevant sections are included but could be a little better organized. Formatting is acceptable and/or one or two required elements are missing.||Relevant sections are included but organization could be improved. Formatting is inconsistent and/or many elements are missing or not formatted appropriately.||Sections are missing and/or poorly organized. Formatting is messy and unprofessional.|
|Essay summary content//relevance/Thinking||Essay summary content is relevant, comprehensive and detailed. Thinking and ideas are presented clearly, are engaging and thorough.||Essay summary content is relevant and sufficient. Thinking and ideas are clear but could be expanded to be more thorough.||Essay summary content is fairly relevant, fairly basic and/or thinking and ideas lack some clarity and depth.||Essay summary content is irrelevant, very basic and thinking and ideas are superficial and lack clarity.|