Exam# 500469 prewriting examination

Exam# 500469 prewriting examination

Exam# 500469 prewriting examination


To show how adaptations from novel to film affect the story’s elements, such as plot, character and theme in significant ways.


1. To prepare an outline or graphic organizer that will serve as the foundation for a 1800 – 2000 word comparison and contrast essay.

2. To begin the research process by preparing a bibliography in Modern Language Association citation and documentation format that consists of at least six sources and 2 primary sources: the book and the film

4 secondary sources: book and film reviews, critiques, articles about the book and film, profiles of the author and/or the director and actors that focus on the content of the work.


Junior and senior-level distance education students enrolled at PennFosterCollege

Process Brainstorm 1. Watch the Comparison and Contrast lecture notes video on your My Courses page.  This video reviews the essay requirements and comparison and contrast techniques. 2. Read the book and watch the film you’ve chosen to write about. Prewrite 1. Develop the content for your outline/graphic organizer by freewriting about the changes you’ve noticed. Review pages 366-369 of your textbook and identify a few bases of comparison:

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a. Are there are scenes omitted or added? How does this affect the sequence of events?

b. What is the central conflict of the book? The film? How do the author and the director present the conflict? Are the stakes higher in one or the other?

c. Is the main character’s personality different in the film? How is it different? How does it affect the way we understand his/her character? Is the narrator of the story the same? Does any element of the story change because the audience cannot be in the narrator’s head at all times? How does this change your understanding of the characters or the story?

d. How is theme revealed throughout the book and the film?

4. Now that you’ve compared and contrasted the book and the film, freewrite (page110-111) on what the significance of these changes are to help you develop your ideas for the thesis statement. 5. Work through the Guided Writing Assignment for Comparison and Contrast prewriting on page 387-388 of your textbook. This assignment will help you determine your purpose and focus for your comparison and contrast essay. Research

1. The book and the film are your primary sources and count as two sources in your bibliography and toward the research requirement for your essay. Be sure that you have carefully noted where you found them, either online or in print. 

2. You will need a minimum of four other sources. These sources can be reviews, articles, and interviews related to the book and film.

3. Go to the library.  Your Penn Foster digital library provides resources that will help you to meet the research requirements for your essay, but keep in mind that research in a library, even a digital one, is not like searching online.  To learn more, visit the Penn Foster Library site on the Community here: http://community.pennfoster.edu/community/academic‐groups/digital‐library‐information‐literacy.

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Expanded Academic ASAP is a subscription-only database available in Penn Foster’s digital library. You can access the database by clicking on the Library Services link in your Student Portal. See the “Academic Support and Online Resources” section in the introduction to this study guide.

4. Search online, but remember that you will need to evaluate your sources carefully; review page 583-592 in your textbook. a. Reviews by book and film critics

b. Interviews with the author and/or the director and actors

c. Profiles by journalists and other professional writers 

Organize You may choose to submit either a formal outline or a graphic organizer for this assignment.  Your outline or graphic organizer should be sufficiently detailed to illustrate your plan for your essay.  It should be as detailed as possible.  Reread page 148-151 in your textbook on graphic organizers and outlines. 1. This assignment (both prewriting and essay) requires you analyze the significance of the differences between the book and the film.  Please review pages 379-383 in your textbook for the characteristics of a comparison and contrast essay and two sample graphic organizers.  2. Be sure to state your main points, secondary points, and supporting evidence.  Include any references to secondary sources as well, and use MLA parenthetical citation to link them to your annotated bibliography.  3. Revise your work to ensure that your thesis statement, main points, evidence and secondary sources all work together to address the purpose of the assignment.  Assignment checklist For this assignment, you must submit your n Outline or graphic organizer
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