Try to Make the World A Little Less Cruel

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” ― L.R. Knost

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Attend Zumeff Film Festival

Your assignment this week is to attend the ZUMEFF Film Festival Tuesday or Wednesday, watch at least one film, and do a research paper of 250 words on it. Survey five people about the film. Here are some possible questions you can ask. You can also think of your own questions. Report the results of your survey, and also give your own observations of the film:

  • Like/dislike the film.
  • Genre: Was the film a comedy, tragedy, fairy tale, drama, adventure, horror film, documentary? What was the setting?
  • What was the film’s message as you understood it? Concept? Idea?
  • Script? Plot?
  • Visually appealing? Evaluate graphics and images?
  • Evaluate the acting. Who were the most memorable characters? Why?
  • Overall grade you and others would give the film?

Basic Writing Standards

Here are some of the basic standards I’m looking for when I grade your writing. This is A or B writing. Grades lower than B do not meet these standards.

  1. Snappy title or headline sparks curiosity of reader.
  2. Capitalize first letters of words in the title or headlines, except for small words (a, and the).
  3. Lead paragraph is interesting, and sparks curiosity. Passes the “so what?” test. Why should the reader care about what you’ve written? If you start by simply communicating that you’re fulfilling an assignment, no one cares about that.
  4. The first paragraph is concise. Not wordy. Eliminate unnecessary words.
  5. You have re-read the story aloud before submitting it. It does not read in an unwieldy fashion.
  6. You can read the lead paragraph with one breath. It is not too complicated. It is easy to understand.
  7. Words are spelled correctly and used correctly. You have spell-checked your document and edited it carefully before submitting it. You understand correct word usage.
  8. Subject-verb agreement.
  9. Consistent use of verb tense.
  10. No run-on sentences.
  11. Active voice and not passive voice.
  12. The story conforms to AP Style.
  13. The writing is clear and understandable.
  14. The story “contains accurate quotes,” he said.
  15. Spacing is correct. Not “    like this  . “
  16. Punctuation is correct
  17. Capitalization is correct.
  18. Titles are correct.
  19. Attribution is correct.
  20. Content keeps the reader’s interest.

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