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Race/Sport/Media

Spring 2021

Screening Analysis – Short Essay Prompt

Due to Canvas Site

(via Word document upload), on or before midnight,

Monday, April 19

In 4 double-spaced, typed pages,

please address the following question. Be sure to carefully analyze how what you

see

and

hear

in your scene address the question (e.g., carefully analyze the film scene itself and how it is constructed to communicate particular meanings, formally, based on what you see and hear).

As Sut Jhally

notes, in “The Spectacle of Accumulation,” sports may be an idealized realm, but they also “come to reflect the dominant structures and values of the wider society” – presenting “seemingly contradictory functions of

escape

and

socialization.

”

Analyze one scene of your choice from

either

Remember the Titans

or

The Blind Side

to support Jhally’s claim.

Analysis and Essay Rubric (4)

Analysis and Essay Rubric (4)

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

Critical Thinking

25

pts

A: Excellent

The paper coheres around an original and insightful argument that is substantive, contestable, and specific. The paper makes the reader think about something in a new and interesting way.

21

pts

B: Good

The paper coheres around an argument that is substantive, contestable, specific, and original.

18

pts

C: Adequate

The paper coheres around an argument that is adequately substantive, contestable, and specific.

16

pts

D: Not Adequate

The paper does not make an argument but is merely a collection of observations.

10

pts

F: Fails

The paper fails to make an argument.

25

pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

Theoretical Concepts: Comprehension and Application

25

pts

A: Excellent

The paper makes an interesting and thoughtful contribution to analysis of the text(s) with integration and synthesis of the theory and analysis.

21

pts

B: Good

The paper engages with theory and reflects a solid understanding of central arguments.

18

pts

C: Adequate

The paper engages with the theory/texts but has a tendency to draw on minor points or supporting evidence rather than addressing the central questions or arguments.

16

pts

D: Not Adequate

The paper cherry-picks phrases from the text(s) rather than really engaging with them; or, references to the text(s) suggest that the author did not understand them.

10

pts

F: Fails

The paper does not address the assignment.

0

pts

No Marks

25

pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

Textual Analysis

25

pts

A: Excellent

The paper uses well-chosen examples from the text(s) and provides analytical descriptions of (film/media, theory, press, etc.) form and content in support of its argument. The analysis brings fresh insights to the text(s) being discussed.

21

pts

B: Good

The paper uses well-chosen examples from the text(s) and provides analytical descriptions of specific formal and/or textual elements in support of its argument. The analysis reflects a solid understanding of the film/media/texts based on repeated viewing/reading.

18

pts

C: Adequate

The paper analyzes the text(s) to support an argument but tends towards vague generalizations rather than vivid evocations of specific elements of the text(s) and/or the formal analysis reflects a superficial understanding of the text(s).

16

pts

D: Not Adequate

The paper describes the text(s) rather than analyzing it/them in support of an argument.

10

pts

F: Fails

The paper does not demonstrate a basic understanding of the text(s) discussed.

0

pts

No Marks

25

pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

Writing

25

pts

A: Excellent

The language is eloquent and sophisticated, with words chosen for their precise meanings; each paragraph develops a single idea (eloquently stated in the topic sentence) that provides strong support for the paper’s argument; the paper’s organization is clear and serves the argument well.

21

pts

B: Good

The language is correct with words chosen for their precise meanings; each paragraph develops a single idea, though the sub-claims could be more forcefully stated in topic sentences; the paper is well organized but could use more “signposts” to guide the reader from one idea to the next.

18

pts

C: Adequate

The language is correct but unsophisticated; each paragraph develops a single idea, but that idea is not clearly identified in a topic sentence; the organization is not ideally suited to the argument.

16

pts

D: Not Adequate

Errors in grammar and vocabulary obscure the author’s meaning; or, paragraphs develop more than one idea; or, there is little logic to the organization.

10

pts

F: Fails

The paper does not demonstrate fluency or basic knowledge of English grammar, syntax, and organizational structure.

0

pts

No Marks

25

pts

Total Points:

100

The Spectacle of Accumulation: Material and Cultural Factors in the Evolution of the Sports/
Media Complex Jhally, Sut The Insurgent Sociologist; Summer 1984; 12, 3; ProQuest pg. 41

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