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Due Date

Week 12 - Fri.


  • 2-3 pages typed, double-spaced
  • Signed permission agreement and scoring standard attached
  • Works Cited page in MLA or APA format (This is to cite the object being analyzed and any other outside sources—though outside sources are not required.)


The goal of this assignment is to do a close reading or analysis of a film scene, a song (or songs), or some other media artifact. One purpose of this assignment is to become a more aware media user. By analyzing some type of media, you will become more cognizant of the messages being sent by movies, music, Internet sites, etc. You will also further develop your critical thinking skills, use of the writing process, and ability to write effective sentences and paragraphs.

Assignment Description

As we've seen from the assigned readings, the media can have a major impact on society. For example, in "An Open Letter to Hip Hop" one African American woman discusses her concerns with hip hop music.

Steps for Writing

  • Identify a movie scene, song, TV episode, commercial, or print ad that makes an interesting or important statement to you. What is that statement?
  • How is this statement made? Through images? Characters' actions or statements? The rhythm or beat of a song? Are symbols used to convey meaning?
  • Use the steps of the writing process to brainstorm, draft, and revise your ideas into a clear, coherent essay.

This assignment is worth 100 points.

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