- 2-3 pages double spaced, 12 font; copy and paste to OpenLab July 1, in a Comment below
- It is fine to consult the course texts or films as you prepare your essay, though quotes/minute detail not necessary
- Do not consult websites or outside sources
- Do not read your classmates’ posts before you write your own. After you post, you may be interested in reading your classmates’ reflections on this period of online learning
Your final assignment is to synthesize, or bring together, the material we studied in our weeks together. In a 4 paragraph essay (intro, 2 body paragraphs, conclusion), discuss two text&film pairings (1 text and its film companion + a second text and its film companion) from class. What do the two pairs have in common with each other? How do they differ? Your response can focus on ideas and themes, and/or literary and cinematic techniques. What connections can we establish between these works and our own experience?
In a separate paragraph below your essay, labeled REFLECTION, reflect on a few things you have learned in this class in terms of literature, film, or history, as well as how you feel about the asynchronous delivery and course modality. Please also include a bit here about your experience this past year taking courses online. For reference, I am sharing with you an article I wrote in May 2020– my own feelings about online coursework have evolved since then, and I’d like to learn about your thoughts and experiences ( I care, and your feedback is so important to know as the college plans for the future).
Extra Credit option: Include an extra body paragraph in your essay about about Baldwin’s and Coates’s work and Peck’s film. I will offer Extra Credit for this (a half-step increase on the final course grade, eg: B to B+). Note: this is purely optional!
- Read: James Baldwin, “Letter to My Nephew” (1962)
- Read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me”
- Read: “The Book James Baldwin Couldn’t Bring Himself to Write“
- Watch: Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
- Read Film and Bricolage (entire page)
- Watch my lecture