RE: Research Paper Thesis Ideas due Wed. May 6th.

Hi Class,
You need to bring in a hard copy of your thesis idea for your research paper and post it on  blackboard as well. Please read chapter 6 “Developing Your Thesis” in the textbook “Writing About Movies”. Your thesis idea should be ONE sentence. Please bring in the textbook to next class. See more below:

I made a decision that the assignment will be a research paper, and this will of course incorporate critical analysis. For instance you might compare two films that were screened in the class and find a theme that you can compare in both films, such as how the Irish and Jewish immigrants assimilated differently in “Hester Street” and “Gangs of New York”. This would also involve research as you would be using not only the film, but citing other sources. Or you could take one film such as “Shadows” and analyze it’s treatment of race in the bohemian context of the 1950s. You are open to write about any film or topic that
is relevant to Film and New York City. It doesn’t have to be a film(s) necessarily screened in the class, but it must be about film(s) set in New York City. It cannot be a film review or a review of the exhibits we viewed on trips. Please bring in your thesis ideas so we can go over in class. Read Chapter 6 “Developing Your Thesis” and

What is a research paper?

1) Researching and expressing other’s points of view on a topic, as well as incorporating your insights and ideas.
2) Requires comprehensive understanding of a topic by researching it thoroughly.
3) Familiarity required with research writings associated with a chosen topic
4) The writer compares various pieces of information on a topic and then presents a cumulative overview of the findings.
5) Different flavors of Research Papers Include but are not limited to: compare and contrast, argumentative, analytical, cause and effect, and subject-bases. The last is the most common. A subject or topic is chosen and then that topic is researched and written about.
6) After researching a topic thoroughly, the writer compiles and evaluates the information. The writer then restructures and presents the topic from their point of view, incorporating citations from complied research to back up their analysis.