Revising medium shots

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  • 1. Revising From Wide Shot to Close Up Part 2: Medium Shots
  • 2. Wide Shot to Close Up review Wide shot = big picture Medium shot = paragraphs Close shot = sentences
  • 3. We’ve already practiced revising from the wide shot Here’s a quick review:
  • 4. For wide shot (big picture) revising, consider: Did you answer the essay prompt question(s) correctly and thoroughly? Did you remain focused on answering the prompt question(s) throughout your entire essay?
  • 5. Let’s quickly review how directors use wide, medium and close shots to tell a story
  • 6. Here’s short clip of the opening scene from Ray (2004) directed by Taylor Hackford
  • 7. Here’s short clip of the opening scene from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1967) directed by Sergio Leone
  • 8. Now let’s transition to medium shots and learn about how you can use them to “direct” your writing
  • 9. Medium Shot (Paragraphs) Does each paragraph remain focused on one topic? Because this is a research essay, the topic is usually a single source.
  • 10. Example: In your evaluation essay, does each paragraph focus on how well a single source answered your question and/or the strengths and weaknesses of a single source? Only the transition/intro paragraph should deviate from this focus.
  • 11. Let’s take a look at an example paragraph and see if we can revise to make it a strong medium shot in the student’s “movie”
  • 12. Two quick reminders: 1 - We know the student’s research question is "What are the effects of teen suicide and how can it be prevented?" 2 - We’ve read the abstract of the source the author evaluates in the example paragraph
  • 13. Let’s break this paragraph down line by line, then we’ll decide how to revise
  • 14. So let’s think about the big patterns we noticed
  • 15. Patterns: Plenty of information about the source’s content Some digressions into personal opinion Good evaluation, but not always 100% clear
  • 16. Before you revise in groups, think about the essay prompt
  • 17. Prompt (excerpt): The main purpose of this Essay is to evaluate the arguments made in your sources. By “evaluate,” I mean that you should offer a critical opinion on them (evaluate their strengths and weaknesses). see:
  • 18. The two big tasks for this essay were: Which sources offer the best answers to your research question? Why? How? Point out strengths and weaknesses in your sources. see:
  • 19. Now that we’ve broken down the essay, get into your learning groups and try to revise the paragraph so it stays on topic and fulfills the essay prompt
  • 20. When you’re done revising, we’ll look at each group’s work We’ll choose two and put them in the slideshow, which I’ll re-post on the blog and Canvas (I’ll tweet a link as well)
  • 21. View this slideshow on the blog (using the slideshare viewer) at the blog here: note to self: have actual link above when it’s finished You can also download it from the blog or Canvas and find a link on the class twitter feed