When writing this paper, it is easy to get lost in the details of the film and/or readings and lose sight of your primary argument. Therefore, DO NOT write a summary of the films. Instead, you can provide a brief summary of the scene(s) you have chosen to highlight, but make the connection to the theme and readings clear.
Here is a general list of the various components that should be included in any research paper. If you feel like you are getting lost in the details, remind yourself of the following components to get yourself back on track.
● Your title is your first chance to make a good impression.
o Make it count. It should offer a succinct summary of your paper topic.
II. Introduction: Thesis statement and “roadmap”
● A clear, concise, and well-defined thesis statement sets the tone for your entire paper. So…Be direct.
● Try completing one of these sentences: “In this paper, I argue…” –OR — “The purpose of this paper is . . .”
● State the answer to the question posed by the exploration theme you have chosen (thesis/argument)
● Briefly state which films you will use to support your thesis/argument (answer)
● Provide a “roadmap” to direct the reader through your paper.
o NOTE: Be sure to provide clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion
III. Body: Theme exploration, Film Analysis, and Discussion
● Each paragraph should be limited to a clear description and explanation of one general idea per paragraph
● Present evidence from the films and the readings as evidence to support your thesis statement
● Each paragraph should demonstrate a logical connection to the thesis statement in your introduction
● Valid sources are cited to support your thesis
IV. Conclusions and Recommendations
● Systematically restate your thesis and how the evidence you have provided (from the films and readings) support your thesis
o However, a strong conclusion does not simply restate the thesis, instead it readdresses the thesis in light of the evidence provided
● Don’t skimp on this portion; it is very important, after all, because it is here that you will finally and aggressively drive home your argument
● End with 1 or 2 recommendations for addressing inequalities related to your exploration theme
o This could include:
▪ Future research
▪ Educational policies and procedures
▪ Program revisions, other warranted situations