Act Structure Identification

Paper details:1. Watch Little Miss Sunshine. (Make sure to close the pop-up window when you hit “Play”)

2. Write down/identify each of the major structural beats of the film as we discussed in class. They are:

INCITING INCIDENT (usually around 10 mins.) — Something happens setting the hero in motion. Also moving the plot toward the central question.
CENTRAL QUESTION (usually around 17 mins.) — What is the movie about? (ex. 40 Year-Old Virgin: will Andy lose his virginity?)
ACT ONE BREAK (usually around 30 mins.) — The event that changes the rules forever. Protagonist can never go back to the status quo.
MIDPOINT (usually around 60 mins.) — Point when protagonist takes control of his/her own destiny. Usually a huge twist. Hero goes from being passive to active.
BIG GLOOM (usually around 85-90 mins.) — The lowest point for your protagonist. The moment when all seems lost.
CLIMAX (varies) — Everything that comes before should build to this scene.
15.MATH 131 Mathematical Ideas – Makaryan (16327-Sp16)
Description of the Final Project
Mathematics 131: Final Project Description and Requirements
The final project consists of: 1) a multi-step process toward the construction of a 5-7 page expository research paper that makes connections between Mathematics and a field or area of interest of your choice, and 2) a presentation on your research that includes visuals (power point, etc.). Details on these assignments, as well as resources for completing them, are provided on the class website as each assignment comes due. What follows in sections A (The Final Paper) and B (The Presentation) is an overview of the processes and requirements, the assignments, and the methods of evaluation (grading).
A. The Final Paper
1. Process for Writing the Final Paper
The writing of the expository research paper will be completed in the following series of steps (please see course calendar for due dates):
Homework I (100 points)
a. Selection of the topic and proposed resources (4 books and articles, one of which is a mathematics textbook different from the course text) submitted on the class website by the due date listed in the class calendar (20 points). The instructor will provide comments on your topic and resources. Students should consult the library orientation course link on moodle during this process.
b. Acquisition of approved resources immediately following the Library Orientation, which are then brought to class on the due date listed in the class calendar (40 points)
c. Detailed outline submitted on the class website by the due date listed in the class calendar(40 points)
Homework II (200 points)
Submission of the final paper on the class website by the due date listed in the class calendar. The instructor will provide comments and suggestions for revision. Students must visit the writing center for free help before homework II is submitted. See Class Resources below.
Homework III (150 points)
Submission of the revised final paper to the instructor by the due date listed in the class calendar. The revised paper will be graded solely on the basis of how well you make the revisions indicated by the instructor.
2. Description of the Final Paper
You are asked to research and report on connections between Mathematics and a particular field or area that interests you. The key component of this paper is teaching your reader ONE specific mathematics topic. For this reason you must have ONE MATHEMATICS TEXTBOOK among your resources.
Your paper should establish a clear thesis concerning your topic and goal for the paper. Pages must be numbered, and the paper should have a Works Cited list (single spaced) that includes the full bibliographic information for at least four approved resources, that are substantively reported on. These resources must be a combination of journal articles and books, one of which is a mathematics textbook (NOT the text for this course). APPROVED WEBSITES MAY BE USED FOR MATHEMATICAL DEFINITIONS AND FIGURES, but do not count toward the required number of resources. All sources must be cited properly in the paper, following either MLA or APA style guidelines.
The final paper must demonstrate:
– Evidence of appropriate methods of scholarly research. You should incorporate this research with appropriate citations (include page numbers) into the body of your essay. Your works cited list should have complete bibliographic information.
– Clear and effective exposition of your thesis, organized in well-developed paragraphs and transitions between them.
– Evidence of your understanding the specific mathematical topic that you choose to relate to your field.
3. Method of Evaluation:
The three components (Homeworks I-III) of the final project will be graded on the basis of 450 points. The final paper will be graded with the following in mind, in order of importance:
– Your understanding and explanation of the mathematical topic you have chosen to teach your reader.
-The clarity of your thesis and goal for the project and the effectiveness of your arguments to support it.
-The quality of your research, i.e., how effectively you have used your resources. This would take into account the choice of sources, your citations and how you demonstrated your understanding of what you have read, etc.
-The format of your paper (well-developed paragraphs and competent sentence structures, mastery of the mechanics of standard written English, etc.).
4. CSUN Resources
Since the key component of the expository research paper is teaching your reader a mathematical topic, you will need to be sure you fully understand the topic you select. Once your chosen textbook is approved, study the mathematics of the topic. Be sure that you can demonstrate your understanding of it, and being able to: 1) describe its fundamental characteristics in your own words and 2) create concrete examples of it. For assistance, consult with your instructor, or visit the Mathematics Department tutorial lab.
Before you begin to write your paper, review the guidelines on the class website, as well as comments your instructor has made on your graded outline, as well as essays you have written during the course. For assistance with the construction of the paper, print out the guidelines and bring them and your outline or first draft to the Learning Resource Center Writing Lab BH414. You may call for an appointment: 818-677-2033.

B. Presentation (100 points)
Prepare a 5 minute presentation with visual aids (poster or power point presentation) to help your classmates understand what you have learned from writing your research paper. Each group will coordinate a collaborative presentation.
1. Process for constructing the Presentation (50 points)
– Submit a detailed outline of your presentation on this class website by the due date listed in the class calendar (10 points).
-Collaborate with your groupmates to coordinate the order of presentations within the group.
-Prepare the visual aids for your presentation. (40 points)
2. Giving the Presentation (50 points)
-Begin your presentation by introducing yourself to the class and explaining the context for the presentation (e.g., political science and mathematics).
-Then briefly explain and illustrate one specific mathematical topic you learned (e.g., visual display of data: histograms, bar graphs, and tables) and how it is applied to your field. For example, in prior semesters, one student presented a poster (from her study of a statistics textbook by David S. Moore) to show different ways to depict data
-Next describe one result of your research and illustrate with a poster or power point presentation
3. Method of Evaluation
Your presentation will be graded on the basis of the following criteria:
– your understanding and explanation of the mathematical topic that you introduce to the class.
– the creativity, organization, clarity, and effectiveness of your lecture and visual display (poster or transparency).

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