Due: Wednesdays at 5:00 pm (online submissions only).
What is a Movie Log?
For each week there is a 2-page "movie log" for you to take notes on during the movie and then at home while you do the associated reading assignment. No collaboration is permitted. However you choose to record your notes, either on paper or by hand, you will have to type them up for submission, so you may prefer to do all note-taking digital to streamline that work. Each movie log includes questions about the readings as well as about the movie.
How Do I Submit a Movie Log?
For each movie log there is an online assignment on the course's Canvas site. You have to go to that assignment link and enter your answers online. It is best to have your answers written out beforehand in a digital file, so then you can just copy/paste the answers into the Canvas assignment. Once you start the assignment, you have to finish it in that same effort, so that is why it is best to have your answers ready to paste in before formally starting the assignment in Canvas. You can chose to write you answers on the fly in Canvas with no preparation if you want to, but that is not recommended. For each question, write your answers into the provided space.
When Are Movie Logs Due and How Are They Graded?
Logs are due Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, which is 10 minutes before the start of class. Each assignment has a different number of points, ranging from 16-22 points, depending on the amount of effort required, as indicated in Canvas. All questions are graded manually by a TA on the basis of coherence of your reasoning only, regardless of what your beliefs are. Movie logs cannot be turned in late, because Canvas is set to turn off submission at 5:00 pm sharp.
What Types of Movie Logs Are There?
There are two different types of movie logs. One type is called a "Double-entry log". For this type, there are two columns on the page. The left column usually requires you to identify something shown in the movie. The right column usually requires you to provide your perspective on the item you list in the left column. A minimum of 4 listings of entries is required for your double-entry log. If you need more space, use the back of the page.
The second type of movie log is a "word chart". When you do word charting, the goal is to identify the causes and consequences of a problem. In the center of the word chart is the key word or phrase. Above that are boxes with arrows leading into it. The arrows mean that the boxes represent things that *cause* the key phrase. Each of those boxes has a title phrase to categorize it. You are supposed to identify individual examples of each category, with a minimum of 3 items per box/question. Similarly, the arrows below the key phrase indicate that the phrase in turn impacts other categories of things. You need to itemize examples of those as well. For example, consider the word chart for "The River". The key phrase was "River Flood". Above that was "Societal Factors". So you need to identify societal factors that *cause* floods. To do that, you might find some ideas from the movie or from the reading. If those are insufficient, try going onto your favorite web search site and type "societal factors causing floods". That will give you plenty of ideas of examples of such factors. Note that "Environmental Impacts" are consequences that affect the totality of surroundings outside of the human experience. Anything human-centric could not be considered an environmental impact. For example, crops destroyed by a flood would be a socio-economic impact, not an environmental impact. It is ok to use phrases or bulleted lists on the word chart.
Both types of movie logs have a front and back side (or 2 pages, depending on how they are printed). The back side of a movie log contains 1-2 questions about the reading. You should read the questions and have them in your mind as you are doing the reading. Provide your own brief answer to each question based on what you glean out of the reading.
Movie Log Digital Files
The movie log files are available on the Canvas site for the course as well as on the web pages for each week.