Using Comparison and Contrast
you must read one novel that has then been turned into a movie and to watch that movie
to write the researchpaper for this lesson. preferably "to kill a mocking bird"
Not children's book or a comic book. A full book
Using six outside sources, students write a 2,000- to 2,500-
word comparison or contrast research paper that explores
the commonalities and differences of plot or character development
between a book and a movie based on the book.
The paper will persuade the reader that either the book or
the movie does the better job of expressing the writer’s
Have you ever read a book and then been excited to see the
movie—only to find the movie a huge disappointment? Or
perhaps you found the movie version enlightened the book?
Your assignment is to provide your own analysis of a novel
you choose that has been made into a movie (not a movie
that has been made into a book). You’ll write your literary
analysis using the comparison and contrast pattern of development.
Your analysis must incorporate examples from both
the book and movie to illustrate the commonalities or differences
for either the plot development or one major character
in the book and the movie. You must conduct either an interview
or a survey related to the novel and movie, as well as
research different reviews of both the movie and the book to
support your analysis. You must use a total of six sources for
this assignment: the novel, the movie, one interview or survey
you conducted, and three critical reviews.
To inform your audience about one literary element in the
novel and movie
To persuade your audience that either the book or the
movie does a better job developing either the plot or one
Review the novel you chose for this assignment and the
movie based on that novel. Choose to focus either on plot
development or on one major character. Scan through the
novel to mark examples related to that focus and watch the
movie again taking notes of examples.
Keeping notes as you go, work from “Generating Ideas” on
page 386 through item 1 of “Discovering Similarities and
Differences and Generating Details” on page 387. Don’t
conduct any research at this point.
Continue with item 4 of “Discovering Similarities and
Differences and Generating Details” on page 387, where
you imagine the author of the novel interacting with the stars
or scriptwriter in the movie. Explore how the author would
react and what he or she might say about the way the novel
has been adapted. Then explore what the stars/scriptwriter
might say to defend the movie. Don’t conduct any research
at this point.
Craft applicable questions for either an interview or survey to
learn what others think about the novel, the movie, or both.
Conduct that research.
After completing the previous steps, conduct additional
research, picking up with item 5 of “Discovering Similarities
and Differences and Generating Details” on page 387.
Remember to conduct enough research to educate
yourself and to find the four sources most applicable
to your purpose and audience
Continue with “Developing Your Thesis” on page 388 and
work through the rest of the “Guided Writing Assignment”
through page 392 to produce the required comparison or
contrast research paper.
Use your textbook as needed to apply appropriate writing
skills as you prewrite, research, organize, draft, revise, edit,
and proofread to produce a final essay meeting the content
and length requirements. You must also ensure your work
displays good writing traits, such as those indicated in the
Advanced Composition course rubric
Prepare a final draft of the paper according to the exam submission
format assigned in the Syllabus.
Provide the MLA
Works Cited page as the last page in your document (but not
included in the word count).
|Due By (Pacific Time)||06/18/2014 07:30 pm|
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