“Till it Happens to You”


Low Stakes Writing Assignment: “Till it Happens to You” analytic summary
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This is a low stakes writing assignment. “Low Stakes” means that this paper will be graded either complete or incomplete (not gpa scale). This is an opportunity to practice skills you will display in your first midterm paper. Low stakes writing allows you to experiment with writing style, test ideas and generally take risks. I will give you written feedback on your submission via canvas.

Assignment Objectives:

-Observe 2 formal features of Lady Gaga’s “Till it Happens to You” video in detail. Without explicitly interpreting the video, critically report on the video’s features.

-Articulate specific details (mention minute:second where appropriate) in relationship to patterns in the video. Describe transitions and changes in the features you select. For instance, if you are summarizing clothing, compare the clothing at various moments in the video.

-Communicate your ideas clearly and engagingly. Structure your sentences and paragraphs to inspire reader interest in your observations.


2-3 double spaced pages. Times New Roman Font. 1″ Margins.

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Devote approximately one page of writing per “feature,” ie. 1 page on sound, 1 page on camera angle.

Include a brief (2 sentence) introductory paragraph. Your introduction should anticipate the features you will discuss and why they are important. DO NOT contextualize the video/Lady Gaga’s career/feminism/rape culture/etc. Your only source for this assignment is the video itself.

Include a conclusion paragraph. You may use the following template or a similar phrasing of your own:

“Re-watching this music video, I noticed ___ details in __ and ___ features. Details like ___ are significant ___ because ___.”

In your conclusion you have to connect the observations you made about two different features. If you do so, you may use a template like:

“Considering ___ and ___ together, one wonders if ____.”

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