Good, Bad, or So-So: Analyzing your juror

The final project for our unit on Twelve Angry Men is a paper, written in Pages, describing your juror’s part in the play/film. Your thesis: what makes your juror good, bad, or so-so as a member of a 12-person team whose job is to decide whether the evidence is sufficient to convict.

Your paper needs to have an introduction, a conclusion, and in between them at least 4 paragraphs. Each of those paragraphs raises a point about your juror, provides evidence for that point using a clip (or a written quotation from the playscript), and explores that evidence in a “quote sandwich.” Thus:

  • 6 paragraphs, minimum
  • 4 clips, minimum
  • 500 words minimum

The ingredients for your paper (which will be collected separately):

  1. the votes, as they went from 11-1 to 0-12.
  2. the qualities of good and bad jurors that we generated as a class, with checks in the boxes that apply to your juror. (This will help you think of stuff to say about your juror, and to look for clips that provide evidence for those qualities.)
  3. completed notes that you took while watching the film (and/or re-watching it on your computer if you forgot to take notes the first time)
  4. clips from the film (saved to your Movies folder)
  5. your “English paper template” in Pages, to remind you that your paper must be formatted correctly
  6. name your file as follows: Color (red or blue).lastname.Juror#.pages. For example: Blue.Jones.Juror6.pages.

Some pointers:

  • select your clips carefully to reflect different aspects of your juror.
  • keep your clips on the short side (about 30 seconds or less). For example, the BEST part of a long speech. And edit them crisply… that is, trim material from the beginning and end that doesn’t fit.
  • don’t stop necessarily at 4 clips and certainly don’t stop making clips in the middle of the film just because you hit the right number: your juror may well have important parts near the end, too.
  • although your clips are important to provide evidence for your paper, what matters most is what you write, how to prepare and especially how you explore the clips to tell your reader what you see in your juror’s behavior.
  • sometimes you may use two or more very short clips to illustrate a single idea. For example, to show that your juror is a wise-guy, or always very polite.
  • remember: you are an expert in human behavior. What you see in the clips reflects not just what your juror says but how he expresses himself and interacts with others.

Due: Tuesday, October 12 for RED, Friday, October 15 for BLUE (unless Red/Blue days switch around for some reason). No need to print the final copy. I’ll collect your correctly named paper on a flash drive.

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