Project 3: Researched Argument Essay (Adjusted) Assignment This assignment asks you to craft a research-based argument that contributes something new to an ongoing scholarly conversation about speculative films. Building on your analysis of a films formal elements, you will revise and extend your argument via secondary research. Your polished essay will be at least 10 complete pages long and will incorporate outside research relevant to the scholarly conversation you are joining and adding to. Learning Goals Looking at the bigger picture of popular narratives and their contexts, you will situate your argument in the greater conversations that have been going on for decades. Doing so requires careful research via Auburns library, a resource that will be vital to your success as a scholar. Why is this practice important? Because finding the most relevant and expert sources helps build our ethos and logos as researchers. Plenty of online sources will have opinions about speculative films, but fewer sources reflect an authors expertise gained through years of dedicated research and peer review processes. No matter your plan of study here at Auburn, learning to navigate and add to scholarly conversations will help show your professionalism. Please consider the following as you undertake and complete this assignments processes. Content Requirements Your polished researched argument essay draft should: Focus on one film we have viewed for English 1120. Begin with a paragraph that clearly introduces your topic and defines the scope of your paper. Develop a clear and compelling argument about how the film uses speculative qualities of horror, science fiction, fantasy, or dystopian genres to start to answer larger so what questions. Some possible questions to lead your inquiry include, but are not limited to, the following: How does this speculative film reflect and affect patterns of cultural representation? Why and how are monsters (like zombies) used in this film? Could one cultures monster be another cultures hero? Why? How do issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality shape characters depictions in this film? Incorporate specific support from the film to show how elements of film form (such as lighting, set design, framing, sound, etc.) lead to your interpretations about patterns of implicit meaning. In other words, all descriptions of what you see and hear in the film should clearly relate to your claims. Do not merely summarize plot; use summaries only when necessary to make your examples clear to an audience that has viewed the film. Focus on your claims as you synthesize (bring together) your argument and secondary sources ideas. You are required to bring into your conversation a minimum of 8 secondary sources you find via our librarys catalog and databases. Use the secondary sources you gather to position yourself in a scholarly conversation. In other words, go beyond merely agreeing or disagreeing with secondary sources; use secondary sources to say something new. The general idea is to acknowledge existing research and to contribute something new to the conversation. Explain why your evidence matters. Conclude with a paragraph that reaffirms the importance of the issue/conversation and invites the reader to consider these ideas further. 2 Mechanics Requirements Your polished researched argument essay draft should: Have a clear, precise, and active prose style; Use up to two figures (visuals) from the film to support your interpretive claims; Cite sources (including the film) correctly using appropriate MLA citation style; Include a works cited page listing your sources (the film as well as your secondary sources) in MLA citation style; Include a header, page numbers, and title that reflects the spirit and scope of the essay; Be at least 10 complete pages in length (double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman typeface); Be uploaded to Canvas as a Word document by the deadline (below). Process Documents: How We Will Get There Most of the lower-stakes exercises will have separate assignment directions on Canvas. Right now, you should be aware of the purpose of each step in your process: To begin, you will complete a pitch to pose your research question and explain its possible significance. Next, you will gather secondary sources via Auburn librarys databases and Google Books. You will compose an annotated bibliography based on the most relevant and expert sources you might bring into your conversation. You will compose two working drafts. You will have the opportunity to receive optional feedback from a classmate on one of these drafts. Dr. King will read and comment on each working draft you turn in. Be sure to check Canvas for Dr. Kings annotations on your document. Throughout this process, you will work to revise your arguments focus, development, and organization. You will then submit your polished draft.

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