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Directions: View a documentary of your choosing and answer the questions listed below. Documentaries must be on a subject related to 20th Century U.S. history. The documentary viewings will provide a further exploration of one or more of the key concepts and topics covered in this Module while your analysis will provide you with an opportunity to reinforce your critical thinking skills.
You may choose to review the documentaries we watch each week during our class meetings or you may choose to review other documentaries of your own choice. If you are unsure of a documentary’s appropriateness, please contact the instructor. Documentaries may be found on television, online, at your local library, or on the Barry University library’s online databases (for example, Films on Demand), which allow you to access documentaries online.
For longer documentaries of over one hour that are broken into segments (such as lengthy Ken Burns documentaries), you may count each segment or episode of one hour or less in length as separate assignments. For example, if you view a two-hour documentary, you only need to write one review but will receive credit for two assignments.
You may also watch and analyze feature films that focus on a relevant topic that is either based on actual historical events or settings that are directly related to topics covered by this course.
If you are choosing your own documentary to view, you must include the documentary or film’s title and length as well as where you accessed it. Your answer to each of the three questions should be approximately one to three sentences in length. The best answers will be thorough and specific. While you do not have to recount every item of information within the documentary, you should use specific details to illustrate your points and back up your analysis. Avoid relying solely on short generalizations such as “the documentary told about prohibition” or “the documentary helped me understand why prohibition was important.” When completed, upload your answers directly to the Canvas site as a text submission or Word document.
See syllabus for grading rubric.
- Give a brief description of the documentary subject and point of view. (What did the documentary say about the subject?)
- How accurately and extensively did the documentary cover the topic addressed? Would you recommend the documentary to other students? Why or why not?
- How did the documentary further your understanding of the broader course topics or concepts?