TV Show Analysis Essay Overview
This week you will create an outline for a 750-1000 word analysis essay on theme of gender in the family TV show you watched.
Your essay will include a clear thesis and well developed key ideas with topic sentences and supporting examples. The essay will also follow the conventional organization of the following three elements:
– Introduction: introduces the subject/s being analyzed and, in a thesis statement, states the reason for the analysis and the main ideas/claims that support that reason. Your thesis should be the last sentence in the introduction.
– Body: contains at least three body paragraphs that begin with topic sentences (supporting arguments) that prove your thesis. Each topic sentence should be a reason why your thesis is true.
– Conclusion: summarizes the analysis and explains new understanding.
Suggestions to develop the body of the essay:
- Analyze the characters’ representations of gender (summary does not belong in an analysis!)
- The thesis and topic sentences should be the strongest, most analytical sentences in your essay.
- Support each point with specific examples and details from the episodes you watched
- Relate each point of analysis back to the thesis
- Follow a clear organizational pattern
- Include transitional words and phrases to make your observations clear
Sample thesis statement (Gilmore Girls)
Lorelai in Gilmore Girls fulfills the stereotypical gender role of the mother; however, she also goes against societal expectations by fulfilling the unconventional roles of father and peer.
To learn about MLA formatting, integration of sources, and MLA documentation, please visit links for MLA Documentation and MLA Resources in General Resources in the Unit and General Resources in the main menu.
Assignment 1: Outline for TV Show Analysis
Due by 11:59 pm on Wednesday of week 3.
- Write a detailed sentence outline for an analytical essay using information from your notes on the TV show you watched and from discussion in the TV Show Discussion Forum.
- Please review the information on Outlines in General Resources in Unit and General Resources link. Make sure you use MLA format. (All your papers must use this format.)
- This outline is a close analysis that will use specific supporting examples from the episodes you watched. You may also include quotes or paraphrases from the selected readings, as long as you cite them correctly. Note: I will not accept general summaries of the shows.
- Your sentence outline should:
- Have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion
- Include the titles of the shows and the episodes (accurately cited according to MLA) (Note: show titles are underlined or italicized and episodes are within quotation marks)
- Include a clear thesis statement in the Introduction (See sample thesis statement above).
- Topic sentences for each body paragraph that make arguments that support the thesis
- Provide, under the topic sentence, specific supporting examples from the episodes (and, optionally, quotes/paraphrases from the readings)
- Include a conclusion that is related to the thesis
- Save your outline as an .rtf file on your computer and submit it as an attachment here by clicking the BLUE link above. Be sure to click the Submit button or I won’t receive your file. Your posting will appear as a green exclamation point. When I have finished grading your outline, you may view my comments by reclicking the link above.
NOTE: Please submit an outline and NOT a rough draft of the essay.
Developing an outline helps you brainstorm for ideas and gather and collate your points into a comprehensive organization. This will help you develop a focused analysis essay due at the end of this unit.
This is an ungraded assignment. However, the more energy and effort you put into your outline, the stronger your final essay will be.
Assignment 2: TV Show Analysis Essay
Due by 11:59 pm on Sunday of week 3.
- Read my feedback on your outline.
- Make changes, as necessary, to your outline and develop it into a 750-1000 word essay, paying close attention to:
- the conventions of good writing.
- critical thinking and analysis
- the required components of an analysis essay.
- the rules of MLA for in-text citations, formatting and works cited.
- Save your revised essay on your computer as an .rtf file.
- Submit your final essay to me using the BLUE link above.
This activity requires you to complete an academic essay that critically analyzes a key theme and provides strong supporting evidence. It also requires that you proofread, edit and revise your essay in preparation for final submission. Final revisions are an important step in the writing process.
I will grade your essay based on the requirements of an analysis essay as described in the overview. (100 points)
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