I. In class, write an annotation for [Eisenstein’s] essay. Remember, a good annotation has three parts: 2-3 sentences summarizing the main point, 2-3 sentences citing and contextualizing key quotations or terms, and 2-3 sentences that discuss how this source is useful or relevant.
II. Share your annotations with the class [or do groups of 3]. Here are some questions we will consider together in class discussion. Be ready to use Harvey’s language in your response.
- How did you identify and summarize the central point of this essay? Where specifically did you think to look to find the central point? Compare three students version of the central point. Which is best and why? [look for students to mention “thesis,” “topic sentences,” “recasting” thesis in conclusion]
- What is the single most important sentence in this essay? How do we know?
- How did you know which sentences to quote? Did you quote all of the sentence or just parts? What would be an advantage to doing either?
- Did anyone use brackets or ellipsis to incorporate quotation? How does that improve or alter your writing?
- In what different ways can we read the relevance of this essay? How can different readers take the same essay and use it to support different papers? [get them to see how “evidence” is just that–it needs to be “analyzed” and “contextualized” in order to have meaning.]
III. Write an MLA citation for this essay.
Download: ReadingFilmPredraft_AnnotatedBib (docx)