Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Movie Review of "The Third Man" by Graham Greene

If done as an essay: It is a formal paper which must be typed, double-spaced, and include at least FIVE paragraphs. You are required to write a movie review about the movie “The Third Man.”  You will answer #1-3 and analyze ALL three areas below: literary, dramatic, and cinematic sections – (three paragraph body).  Final copy due by: Thursday, December 5, 2014.  

If done as a blog:  This is a semi-formal assignment written on the classroom blog of at least THREE paragraphs and ONE response (3-5 sentences) to another student. You are required to write a movie review about the movie “The Third Man.”   You will answer #1-3 BUT you only have to analyze ONE of the areas: literary, dramatic, or cinematic sections (one paragraph body).  Final copy due by: Thursday, December 5, 2014.

Include the following elements in your movie review:

  1. In the opening paragraph state the title, and BRIEFLY summarize the plot of the movie. Describe how you truly feel about the film. What is your honest reaction to the film? Did you like/dislike it? Was it confusing? Exciting? Suspenseful? Boring?

  1. In the next three paragraphs analyze the literary, dramatic, and cinematic aspects of the film. Please use examples from the movie to support your analysis.
Literary – The literary aspects pertains to the story, dialogue and characters. Was there a good story? Believable characters? Good dialogue? Did the main character change throughout the film?  What was the main conflict and how was it resolved? Did the story interest you?  Use specific examples from the movie to support your analysis. 

Dramatic – The dramatic aspects pertains to the acting, sets, locations and costumes. Were the actors good? Was the setting or location interesting? Did the actors wear costumes? Was there a famous movie star in the film?  Use specific examples from the movie to support your analysis.  

Cinematic – The cinematic aspects pertain to the camera angles, composition, lighting, music and sound effects.  Were there interesting camera angles, or cool video and sound effects? Did the music match the film?  Use specific examples from the movie to support your analysis. 

  1. In the conclusion, rate the film (Two thumbs up! / A+ / Five Stars! / etc.) and state whether or not you would recommend the film to a friend.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Welcome to World Literature

PLEASE NOTE: As of 11/4/14, this blog has been completed and assessed for proficiency.  If you desire to add a comment or reply to this blog, please notify Mr. Dawursk so that you may receive credit for the assignment and be assessed for benchmark proficiencies.

WL Blog #1: Aztec and Canadian Literature


  • First, answer in one comment questions 1 through 3 below.
  • Next, respond to at least one other classmate’s comment.
  • Put your complete first name and last name’s first initial at the end of your comment (e.g. Matthew D.)
  • Your comment and response blogs are due by 8:30 AM Monday, October 13, 2014.


A myth is a traditional story, usually set at the beginning of time. Many myths follow the exploits of a cultural hero. In the Aztec Creation Story (RTW 9-14), 
  •  1) What moral lessons for humans do you think the creation story myth teaches? Write 2-3 sentences explaining your answer.
A flashback is a break in the flow of a narrative, taking the reader back to events that occurred before the opening scene of the story. In the story Borders by Thomas King (RTW 17-29), 
  •  2) Describe the flashback in the story then give one reason why you think the author uses this technique in the story.
  •  3) Based upon your reading so far and your general knowledge, generate two or three questions about Canada and Canadian literature which you could answer through additional research.