Assignment: Media Disability Paper

Assignment: Media Disability Paper

Assignment: Media Disability Paper 150 150 Prisc

Assignment: Media Disability Paper

Assignment: Media Disability Paper


Question Description
about three pages long, you select any three passages from the file I upload.

Purpose: you will select, cite, summarize and explain three key passages from the readingsr. This exam gives you an opportunity to practice reading for argument with attention to both form and content. And, it will help you identify your core interests in the material as you work towards the final project in the second half of the semester. We encourage you to select passages that you find interesting, inspiring, problematic or difficult, as these will help you identify what are the core questions for you in the analysis of the intersection between media studies and disability studies.


Go back and skim the readings. Were there passages you marked? Any that jumped out at you this time around? We are looking for passages about a paragraph in length (a bit longer or shorter is fine) that express a mostly coherent idea or set of ideas. All the texts we’ve assigned thus far are eligible, so you can use digital/visual content as well as written.
Select a few that seem important, interesting, difficult, problematic. Strategize about how you might summarize the key concepts in them, and how you might explain the importance of these concepts in the context of the broader conversation we are having in class about issues related to embodiment, personhood, agency, language, communication, and relationality. Based on that, narrow it down to your three final passages.
Write your summary and explanation of the three passages. This is sometimes called exegesis. That means that you will need to do the following:
Strategically but thoroughly summarize the ideas expressed. This is DIFFERENT from simply stating the ideas in order: a good summary pulls out the core ideas.
Explain how these ideas work in the context of class conversation and other readings
Explain any key terms, history, or references
Explain how the form of the text informs the ideas and finally
Draw conclusions about the importance of this idea to the space we are creating in the class at the intersection of media studies and disability studies
Your exegesis should be about a paragraph, at the most a (double-spaced) page. you need to include the original passages. So the format should be: passage A, analysis for passage A, passage B, analysis for passage B, passage C, analysis for passage C. You don’t need to make your analysis flow as though this was an essay (but the connections you make between the passages are all good and it’s totally fine to do that in each individual response).

Evaluation: Responses will be evaluated on the nuance of the formal and thematic analysis, the relevance and sophistication of the articulation to core concepts, and the economy and style of the summary.

Assignment: Media Disability Paper

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.

Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.