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THTR

2

B

Paper

2:

Performance

Analysis

including 3 page paper.

For this paper, you are asked to do the same: choose a popular culture performer from Asia from the outside course material. Then, in 3 pages, analyze what the performer is doing in a particular performance to identify the significance of their actions.

Please

note:

You MAY

NOT

write about any course material, including

BTS

or

Naomi

Watanabe,

since these popular culture performers were covered at length in the course content (but you may choose other K-pop groups or other celebrity figures from Asia). The purpose of this assignment is for you to select your performance from Asia, NOT Asian-American! For example, if a movie featuring Jackie Chan was produced in Asia, it is an Asian performance, while if it was made in the US, it is not an Asian performance.

THTR 2B Paper 2: Performance Analysis
3 page paper, double spaced
Throughout the session, lectures and readings have covered multiple roles of performers in Asia
and identified the significances of their actions on and (sometimes) off the stage. For instance, we
have looked at BTS’s incorporation of traditional Korean dance in “Idol” (what the performer is
doing) as a way to promote Korean culture around the globe (the significance of the performer’s
action).
For this paper, you are asked to do the same: choose a popular culture performer from Asia from
outside course material. In 3 pages, analyze what the performer is doing in a particular
performance to identify the significance of their actions.
Please develop an argument about how your performer enacts what they are doing and a potential
significance of that action. In other words, what does your performer use (examples may include:
story, gesture, commentary, facial expressions, costume, etc.) to complete a particular action (ex:
participation in religious worship, engaging with fans, promoting cultural understanding, and
others).
Remember, you cannot address every significant action of a particular performer and their
performance. Your paper may cover one or two of these actions and their significances, but not all
of them! This focused close reading should be 3 pages, double-spaced and incorporate evidence
(description of your performer and their performance).
This paper focuses on performance analysis: you will not have a script to analyze and quote from.
Instead, you will select clips from a performance and integrate thick descriptions of what that
performer is doing as your evidence.
Please note: You MAY NOT write about any course material, including BTS or Naomi Watanabe
since these popular culture performers were covered at length in the course content (but you may
choose other K-pop groups or other celebrity figures from Asia). The purpose of this assignment
is for you to choose your own performance from Asia, NOT Asian-American! For example, if a
movie featuring Jackie Chan was produced in Asia, it is an Asian performance; while if it was
produced in the US, it is not an Asian performance.
Late paper policy: Late papers will lose 10 points per day for each day that the assignment is late.
Essays will not be accepted beyond three days following the assignment deadline. If extenuating
circumstances (illness, family emergency) prevent you from turning in a paper draft on its assigned
date, please contact your section TA before the due date to arrange an alternative schedule.
Rubric
Failure (=F) Below
Average
(=D)
Average
(=C)
Above
Average
(=B)
Superior (=A)
Paper does
not present a
clear thesis;
Argument is
not clearly
presented
Thesis is there
but
not clear;
Vague
argument,
without
specificity;
not
appropriate
for length
of paper—
too big or
too small of
a scope
Thesis
more
specific;
Makes a clear
connection between
the chosen
performance and the
social, political,
religious, or cultural
impact/significance
of that performance;
Thesis is detailed,
and suitable for the
scope/length
No evidence
Little
evidence
Evidence is
vague
Specific
examples
from the
performance
cited, but not
elaborated
enough to
support
argument
Specific examples
from the
performance
cited and these
examples are
closely analyzed to
bolster thesis
No
organization
Loosely
organized
Organized, but
is missing
some major
components
Clear
organization;
clear
introduction
and
conclusion;
thesis is not
clearly
connected to
the points
Clearly organized;
one point builds
off of the next;
intro and
conclusion
Argument (40 No argument;
no thesis
points)
Are you
addressing the
what & how of
your performance
with specificity?
Are you
expressing it in a
succinct thesis
statement in your
intro?
Evidence (30
points)
Are you using
evidence to
support your
argument and
analysis?
Organization
(20 points)
Is your argument
organized? Does
your paper match
your thesis
statement? Do
points build
toward it?
Explains
stylistic
element
but not
significance
(or vice
versa); or
lacking
specificity
Grammar &
Spelling (5
points)
Have you used
appropriate
grammar,
spelling? Do your
sentences flow
well, with
adequate word
choices?
Major
grammar/spell
ing errors;
hard to
understand
Errors in
grammar/spel
ling; Poses
challenges to
understand
accurately
due to lack of
flow and
inappropriate
diction
Some errors;
prose
makes little
sense;
repetitive
Minor error
and/or some
awkward
portions
No errors; prose
reflects clear
word choices and
flows
Logistical Details (5 points): The paper is a minimum of 3 full pages; the font is 12-point; the
paper is double-spaced with 1-inch margins. Do not include any extra line breaks between
paragraphs.

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