Weekly Response Writing:Each weekyou will submit via Canvasa written responsepapers to the weeks readings.  The length of these will vary depending upon the number and nature of that weeks readings.  These response papers should include, for each assigned reading: a) a summary of the authors argument; b) what you learned from the readings; c) a question that you think would make for useful further discussion in class.

Short Essay 01:  Analysis of Film mise en scene(approx. 1000 words excludingany footnotes & bibliography) Analyze one or more aspects of how mise en sceneis used in onefilm.  Examine how the films setting, costumes, makeup, lighting, and/or staging of the actors, contributes to your understanding of its story, characters, and/or themes. For example, some films may confine themselves to just one or two main locations (especially if adapted from a stage play) and the settings may be almost as important as the characters in telling the story or conveying themes and mood. Certain colors, props, or portions of costumes may be used in the narrative as significant recurring elements (motifs), possibly with symbolic content. A comedy may exploit certain props or settings for humor, as well as staging of actors and actors gestures (rather than merely using dialogue or situations to get laughs).  Some prop (e.g., a matchbook, an earring, a bicycle, a sled, a doll) may seem relatively insignificant when first seen but might become a
9critical narrative device later in the plot and/or be symbolic in some way that becomes more obvious by the end of the film. Lighting style may be consistent throughout or may change dramatically to serve a specific purpose for certain scenes. Actors gestures (or costumes or makeup) may be telling you more about their characters than the dialogue or the events of the plot. The mise en scenemay be usedin predictable, stereotyped ways to provide story information, or it may be intentionally used in unexpected or counter-intuitive ways.Changes in the mise en scenethrough the course of the plot may be meaningful for interpreting how characters relationships, situations, or personalities change, as well as reflecting narrative themes. Parts of the mise en scene may establish the film as part of a familiar genrewith recurring iconographythat you can identify. Whatever elements of mise en sceneyou discuss, be as specific as you can in showing how those elements function in the particular film you choose to discuss (using examples from the film). You will want to try to explain whyparticular elements are used in a particular way. How do they affect yourinterpretation of its meaning, of the films purpose, of its success at achieving its goals? It can help to watch the movie additional times.  Do NOT write a synopsisand do NOT simply describe scenes from the film. Do NOT analyze the narrative structure, cinematography, editing, or sound, for this paper. Do NOT describe how framing of the image is significant (framing is a function of how cinematographyshowsyou the mise en scene thats already there). Instead, describe how the scenes and story materialare clarified and intensified by the films mise en scene, perhaps explaining the function(s) that certain individual elements serve in the overall film (e.g., props, costumes, and makeup associated with characterizations, setting, props, and lighting indicating mood or foreshadowing plot developments, etc.). Perhaps changes in setting, colors, and/or lighting throughout the film reflect positive or negative character growth or development (or lack of it). Perhaps the presence or absence of certain props is significant at times (do certain characters always have an alcoholic beverage handy, a cigarette, a gun, a cellphone, etc.?). In other films, the entire style of the mise en scenechanges substantially one or more times during the plot (especially duringflashbacks, dream scenes, fantasies, etc.), and if so, what effect does this have on your understanding of the story at those points? Some films may lend themselves to analyzing their overall art direction (the look of sets, costumes, and makeup) as a primary driving force (or at least thematic symbol) in the story, while with others it may be more useful to analyze the positioning of actors and props within the setting (e.g., often seen in doorways, by windows or mirrors, near or away from walls, etc.), and with others the uses of lighting and shadow. Throughout your discussion USE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES that illustrate your statements!!  For this assignment you maydevelop a film we have watched in class or you may choose one from the list below.General TermsShot:continuous, unedited piece of film of any length
10Scene: a series of shots that together form a complete episode or unit of the narrativeStoryboard: Drawn up when designing a production. Plans AV text and shows how each shotrelates to sound track. (Think comic strip with directions -like a rough draft or outline for a  film.)Montage: The editing together of a large number of shots with no intention of creating a continuous reality. A montage is often used to compress time, and montage shots are linked  through a unified sound -either a voiceover or a piece of music.Parallel action: narrative strategy that crosscuts between two or more separate actions to  create the illusion that they are occurring simultaneouslyShotsLong Shot: Overall view from a distance of whole scene often used as an establishing shot-to set scene. Person -will show whole body. Medium or Mid Shot: Middle distance shot -can give background information while still focusing on subject. Person -usually shows waist to head. Close Up: Focuses on detail / expression / reaction. Person -shows either head or head and shoulders.Tracking shot:single continuous shot made with a camera moving along the groundReverse shot:shot taken at a 180 degree angle from the preceding shot (reverse-shot editing is commonly used during dialogue, angle is often 120 to 160 degrees) Subjective Shot (P.O.V. Shot): Framed from a particular character’s point of view. Audience sees what character sees.Camera MovementPan: Camera moves from side to side from a stationary position Tilt: Movement up or down from a stationary position Tracking: The camera moves to follow a moving object or personCamera AnglesLow Angle Camera: shoots up at subject. Used to increase size, power, status of subject High Angle Camera: shoots down at subject. Used to increase vulnerability, powerlessness, decrease sizeEditing (the way shots are put together)Cut: The ending of a shot. If the cut seems inconsistent with the next shot, it is called a jump cut. Fade in or out: The image appears or disappears gradually. Often used as a division between scenes. Dissolve: One image fades in while another fades outso that for a few seconds, the two are superimposed.
11SoundSoundtrack: Consists of dialogue, sound effects and music. Should reveal something about the scene that visual images don’t.Score:musical soundtrackSound effects:all sounds that are neither dialogue nor musicVoice-over: spoken words laid over the other tracks in sound mix to comment upon the narrative or to narrate

Requirements: 750+ word, three credible sources plus the story

This paper will demonstrate your ability to respond to a reading with a central idea supported by relevant, adequate, and varied evidence.

It will ask you to research a specific topic about a short story. You will then incorporate that research into your paper using it to support your thesis. Your sources must be presented and documented in correct MLA format.

This is a formal paper that means you should review the material on essay and essay writing.

Discuss how the differences in meaning and importance the three characters place on the quilt and family heirlooms in Everyday Use by Alice Walker.

Write an essay on the following prompt. Use details from at least one article in the Article Links page to support your argument.

Language and Communication
Both Amy Tan (Mother Tongue) and Frederick Douglass (Learning to Read and Write) talk about how education can change ones use of language. Write an essay discussing the effect education has had on your own spoken and written language. What do you think you have gained and lost as your language has changed?

Content Requirements:

1. Write a minimum of two pages (one page, single spaced, front and back) or (two pages, double spaced, typed)
2. Use at least one quote from the articles in the appropriate sections
3. Frame and cite your quote using MLA style (including a Work Cited page)
4. Include a thesis statement (topic + direction)
5. Use at least one template from Chapter 10 in They Say/I Say for the art of metacommentary. Mark this template clearly by underlining or highlighting it in your essay.

You may use your book (They Say/I Say) and any notes for the exam.

Thinking about the U.S. prison system, develop a thesis-driven essay using the structure (criteria-match) of a definition argument. The question your responding to is: How is the U.S prison system defined? Is the U.S. prison system good? Use and cite 2 sources. Essay is to be written in MLA format. Works cited page at the end is required. 2-3 full pages excluding the works cited page.

Please Read the Attached Reading ( Second Treatise, Ch. 1-11; 14; 18-19) then do the following:
Please make a post offering at least two thoughtful and substantive questions, reflections, or comments (QRCs) inspired by the material below.

– At least one QRC must explicitly identify a passage( quote a passage and then respond to it) from the reading attached that you found intriguing, confusing, enlightening, etc. to lift up for consideration. You should quote the passage in full in your post along with a clear citation so others can easily find it in the text, and briefly explain your reasons for highlighting this passage this can come in the form of substantive questions about, interpretations of, or challenges to the ideas expressed in the passage.

For the second QRC, you may choose to lift up another passage, but you are not required to do so. Instead you may choose to offer a more general question about the ideas under consideration, a reaction to the podcast lecture, an argument you are trying to work out, or a connection you have made, or events in the world.

In other words, each paper should have two clearly distinct QRCs, at least one of which lifts up a passage from the text.

Topic: Whats wrong with Princesses? -3rd person (no I or you) – Use Peggy Orensteins Whats Wrong with Cinderella? as your source -use a mixture of paraphrase, summary, and quotation  Intro: Summarize Orenstein in 3-4. Sentences  and state a 3 point thesis for your chosen topic/  Body Paragraphs: topic sentence with one point from your 3 point thesis, then details to support Orenstein, use a mixture of paraphrase, summary, and quotation/ Conclusion: evaluate or summarize

1. Answer the question of my classmate’s respond base on what I wrote
My post:
Achieving the desired change

I agree with Elizabeth Kolbert that facts don’t change our minds. This is mainly because people perceive facts are always intended to prove them wrong or contradict their beliefs and behaviors. A person or community’s behavior is a deeply rooted practice that cannot be changed in one instance but rather gradually.  As a communication leader, it is important to use strategies that do not seem as a threat to the existing norms to achieve the desired change. This can be done in the following ways.

First, you can influence change by building on common ground rather than trying to prove others wrong (David, 192). Proving others wrong often fails as people clash with your ideas instead of embracing them. For example, telling mothers that science has proved vaccination prevents autism will be trying to prove them wrong; rather, you can tell them that vaccination protects their children from future deadly diseases is effective as it does not oppose their current beliefs.

The second method is through avoiding threats when implementing a change (David, 194).  Threats bring fears among individuals, and to counter this, they will be aggressive to maintain the status quo. However, using positive strategies such as offering rewards often triggers the brain’s “go” response, and the desired change can be achieved. Lastly, we can drive the desired change by letting the people have more sense of control. Issuing orders for people to follow in achieving an organizational change leads to an anxious and demoralized workforce. This often leads to retaliation. To counter this, give the individuals a chance to advise on how to undertake the desired change; this increases the sense of participation, and they are listened to hence making them happier in undertaking the duties.

My classmate’s question for my post:
I really liked reading your post, it was informative and well researched. My question to you is that if we are to provide incentives for people to change, would it not create a culture of passing gifts just for favors?

Again it is something to think about it, I am not disagreeing with your method but I am trying to get a different perspective on it. How would refrain from making it a company policy? Are only higher-ups allowed to give employees incentives such as bonuses?

Just want to know your thoughts

Work cited

Nadler, David A. “Managing organizational change: An integrative perspective.” The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 17.2 (1981): 191-211.

Respond my two classmate’s post and ask a question in each respond
1. I agree with the statement that facts don’t change our minds. You can’t change things what people believe they are truths. People will reject and ignore the facts that are heresy to their beliefs. To change persons mind, I believe we have to start form their point of view. We have to use their beliefs to change them. Let them believe the facts actually come form their beliefs. For example, working in a group, as a leader, I want to start doing things differently. I have to know my partners well. Understanding their beliefs and how the beliefs come are important before doing things. By knowing them, I could change them from their point of view. Using the ideas that they believe they are truth to convince them will let them feel that they are not listen to me, in fact they are following their beliefs.

2. After reading the New Yorker article “Why Facts Dont Change Our Minds”; I do agree with the statement that facts don’t change our minds. The main reason for this outcome is due to human’s perception of reality. We are a complex creature; our culture, education, and religious background affect and limit our perception of reality. In the article, Steven Sloman’s illusion of explanatory depth (Kolbert & Konnikova) provides us a very well-term explanation of the ignorance and arrogance of human nature. Individuals are limiting in knowledge, no one can understand everything. When we don’t understand something, we tend to seek professional help. The internet has changed the way people seeking knowledge; the filter of good and bad information is lost in this digital age. I personally think there is too much freedom for information flow. Humans are stubborn creatures, and once we accept bad information, it takes a lot of work to accept correct information.

I completely agree that once a person made up their mind, the facts won’t change it. It requires communication skills to fix their mind. My grandmother made me understand this fact at a very young age. My grandmother was a very stubborn old lady, one of her hobbies is going to the hospital and get a physical examination. She always believes there is something wrong with her body’s internal organs; even the doctor has told her that she is in perfect health for her age. My mom is anxious about her going to the hospital every other week, so she decides to have a family meeting and present to her all the facts that she is healthy. But my grandmother just won’t accept the fact, to this day my grandmother still thinks she sick. I know this story might sound unreal, but I guarantee you it is the truth.

I think my verdict is that if a person will not accept facts and decide to live inside their own reality, there is not much you can do about it.

There are considerable issues with the current public school system, and home schooling has become more popular. Clearly, there are advantages and disadvantages to home schooling.  After considering both, would you want your child to be home-schooled?  Why or why not? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Read Pericles Funeral Oration Speech documented by Thucydides. You may access it online at:  https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/ancient/pericles-funeralspeech.asp

Who was Pericles? What history have we studied that pertain to his situation? Who was his audience? What was his purpose in making the speech? Make sure to also let me know the historical context and significant events surrounding and affecting the written work or being affected by it. What impact do you believe it had? 

You can utilize research to complete this assignment (but it is not required; you should be able to answer the essay by utilizing the document and your textbook). You should format the assignment with an introduction (hypothesis), body, and conclusion; there should be multiple paragraphs. Spelling and grammar do apply. Please make sure to cite your research and any points you make or ideas that are not your own, even when paraphrasing- in MLA format. Failure to comply is considered plagiarism. Your submission should be in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and should consist of 2-3 pages. Make sure to include a Works Cited at the end of your paper so I may see your sources. If using a resource other than the textbook, please make sure it is a reliable academic/legitimate source (Wikipedia is not a reliable resource).