Historical Film Review Guidelines HIST 1301

Historical Film Review Guidelines
HIST 1301
Each student will write a historical review of a movie based on historical events that occurred
during the time covered by the class (1492 – 1877). Students have 1,000 words (+/- 10%) to complete this assignment. Each paper will be submitted electronically (via Blackboard) and will be in MS Word document format. All papers will be in Times New Roman, 12-font, double spaced with 1-inch margins. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in reductions to the grade.

Film Choice:

  • The film must cover a time period from 1492 to
  • You have to get your film approved by the instructor (Mr. Buie)

All submissions will be subm2litted through Blackboard per the syllabus.

  • Movie Selection
  • Rough Draft
  • Final Draft

Paper Goals:

The primary goal of this paper is to get the student to begin thinking and writing like a historian. Students will need to watch their respective film multiple times. Students will then research the event and/or events that are portrayed in each film and discuss whether the film maker accurately portrayed the event based on historical research and if the said film could be useful in furthering a student’s understanding of History.

Basic Paper Criteria:

  • The paper will be 1,000 words (+/- 10%)
  • The paper will be submitted as a MS Word Document
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Font Size: 12-point
    • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
    • Double spaced
  • The paper will use the Chicago or Turabian writing manuals
  • The paper will have a title page (not included in word count) and will consist of:
    • Title
    • Student’s Name
    • The date it is handed in
    • Word count
  • The paper will have a properly formatted Bibliography (not included in the word count)
  • The paper must also be properly cited using either footnotes
  • The paper must be based on at least four factual sources.
    • One (1) must be a peer reviewed document
    • One (1) must book, this could be the textbook
    • One (1) must be the film itself
    • One (1) will be your choice; however, please keep in mind your paper is only as good as the source that you use.

Basic paper layout:

  • Introduction paragraph
    • State your thesis
    • Introduce the title of the film being reviewed
    • Lay out the structure of your argument
  • Body (Minimum 3 Paragraphs)
    • Make your argument
    • Be sure to support your argument with facts and references
    • The instructor is not interested in your ‘opinion’, but rather in an argument based in fact
  • Conclusion
    • Briefly restate your argument
    • State your fact-based conclusion clearly


Grading Criteria:

Thesis & Conclusions (The presentation of your argument) 15 Points
Understanding of the history portrayed in the film 20 Points
Demonstrates critical thinking 10 Points
Proper use of supporting material – facts are cited, minimum & type of source is used 10 Points
1,000-word limit (+/- 10%) 10 Points
Paper Layout (Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced, 1-inch margins)   5 Points
Title & Bibliography 10 Points
Correct use of Chicago/Turabian Manual 10 Points
Paper is largely free of grammatical, typographical, and spelling errors 10 Points
Total Points 100 Points

Late Papers: Papers will receive a reduction of 10 points (one letter grade) for every 24 hours they are late.  For example, the paper is due at 11:59pm on May 5th, if you hand yours in at 12:45 May 6th, it will be deducted 10 points and each day after that will have another 10 points deducted.

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