The Essay Assignment
Write an essay of about 1500 words that summarizes Ava DuVernay’s documentary film 13th. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8) Please watch the video! Don’t use any other information which not in the film to write this essay!
- Use quotation, but don’t overuse it – no more than about 15% (about 225) of your essay’s words
- Assume that your reader has not seen the film.
- Do not use, cite or refer to any source other than the film itself.
- Distinguish between facts the film presents and the argument it makes about the origins, causes, characteristics, consequences and future of mass incarceration in the U.S.
How to cite the film and format your essay
When you quote a speaker from the film, include the speaker’s name and the approximate time in parentheses. Use MLA style for in-text citation and your Works Cited list. All drafts should be formatted double-spaced, in 12-point type with 1-inch page margins. Include a word count on the last page.
Tue Oct. 20 by midnight Final draft (don’t forget in-text citation and the revised Works Cited!)